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tdw, I found my bad taste out of MWs due entire plate heated to same temp. One way to overcome a bit is, heating in steps rice, beans, meat, etc ... not wanting to bring back the discussion, my Honda EU2000 is perfect for popcorns and quick meals ....
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tdw, I found my bad taste out of MWs due entire plate heated to same temp. One way to overcome a bit is, heating in steps rice, beans, meat, etc ... not wanting to bring back the discussion, my Honda EU2000 is perfect for popcorns and quick meals ....

Take your point there but even so I still prefer a pan. What I also like is that you can adjust the flavour and/or seasoning as you go. Maybe that's the key to it.


Certainly I would never consider installing a MW into a boat, the faraday cage thing might convince me to not throw the thing overboard if the boat came with one.
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I have a toaster oven in my boat. It is for use at the dock. It is the same size as a microwave, but is superior as a culinary item. It does take a lot more electricity to run, out of the question on battery power.
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Friends of ours who have one on their Beneteau 50 and they reckon it makes a great bread bin.
Heh heh heh, whenever we want to rustle up a bag of popcorn (the predominant use of the MW) we have to move all the bread out first.

Seems consensus it that the MW is really a non-essential. Glad I'm not alone on this.
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I think it's all about wheter you have enough solar/wind power and whether propane is easy to get. As you get farther from civilization, I could see microwaves being great to have.

We have a 110v one. No inverter set-up yet. Wind generator comes first IMHO, since we are rarely on shore power.

For 12v, note that the wires will have to be huge all the way from the batteries to the microwave. Better to get an inverter and run a 110v microwave - putting the inverter near the batteries will mean shorter lengths of thick wires. The less expensive wires will offset the cost of the inverter, and you can use the inverter for other things too.
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I have the wave box. It is underpowered compared to the home model. But I am often by myself and like the single serving prepared food. I really enjoy popping one in and not having to watch it. I am lucky to have a large battery and solar bank. It works for me and my system.
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I had a 110-volt 800 watt microwave on our last boat. We had sufficient solar power (450 watts) and were cruising in the Sea of Cortez (lots of sun!) that we used the microwave on the inverter for popcorn probably at least every other day (my husband is addicted to popcorn, I'm certain).

The BIG thing to note is that it won't be as powerful running off the inverter/batteries as it is off a generator or shore power. Every time we'd go to a marina and plug in, he'd burn the first bag of popcorn he'd make because he'd forget to adjust the time.

In El Salvador in the rainy season, with the most amazing lightning I've ever seen, we put the laptop in the oven and the handheld GPS and VHF, MP3 player and digital camera in the microwave. We never had a direct lightning hit, so I can't vouch for it working -- but we figured that since we knew they'd be toast if we left them out, we might as well.
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To the new generation of sailors out there .... are you aware that it is possible to pop corn over a fire in a covered pan?
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Local grocery store makes homemade style meals in microwave containers. Meatloaf, lasagna, chicken parm, and they last about 6 days in the fridge. Warm in micro in 3 minutes.

While I prefer to cook, its nice to have a quick hot 3 min meal at the end of a long hard day sometimes. A microwave and genset are on my nice to have cruising list.
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To the new generation of sailors out there .... are you aware that it is possible to pop corn over a fire in a covered pan?
And you can buy the popcorn pre-packaged in an aluminum foil pan....
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