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propane stove

slap the 'marine' label on anything and the price rockets. lol. Except for sacrificing the gimballs, is there any material reason why i should not use this on my boat?

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What you want is a stove that has a thermocouple on all burners. In other words if the flame goes out the valve closes. I can't tell if this stove has them. You also do not want a pilot light. I'm not sure but this stove may have one in the oven. Insurance companies hate pilot lights with good reason. The other reason for the high price of a marine stove is construction. A Force 10 stove is stainless steel and should last for decades.

The propane system also has to be installed properly. A self draining locker for the tank with a sealed lid, all connections in the locker. A continuous hose run to the stove with chafe protection. And a sniffer is a good idea. No propane tanks stored in the boat (including small disposable ones) except in the vented locker.

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Interesting... But

Two things you might want to consider.

#1 Would the presence of this non-marine unit create any problems with your insurance. I'm thinking of the lack of safety features mentioned above and the lighter construction meant for camping.

#2 Is the oven and stove surface large enough for your needs. I have not seen this thing in person, but the dimensions make it sound rather small.

Looks like an interesting unit if you can get it to work for you.

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As long as the stove has thermocouples on each burner and does not have a pilot light in the oven your insurance company should not have a problem. How it is made will certainly affect its durability though.

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Mick, I know a number of people who sail light and use one of the "korean grocery store" butane burners as the cooking device on the boat. For $20 you use it for five years and throw it out when it gets rusty. The little butane cans aren't quite as good as propane either, but they're enough for folks who don't cook aboard too often.

Now the problem is, and will be with your Basspro stove, that it normally uses explosive gas fuel that you are going to store and use belowdecks with no safety devices. Many folks would point out that explosive gasses can really ruin your day when they get sparked and, uh, explode as intended.

If your propane stove had the right safeguards (i.e. thermocouple) and you permanently installed it with proper gas locker vented outboard, it would probably be perfectly safe. And at that price...sure, throw it out every 5th year if it rusts.

In the meantime, if you do use a "portable" stove of any kind, just bear in mind that butane/propane explosions are a real problem (heck, a couple of homes and businesses blow up from 'street' gas every year too) and that you want to store that fuel so it can't leak into the bilge, and VIGILANTLY monitor the stove while it is in use.

And you'll still be running some extra risk. That's up to you, just look into gas safety onboard and make an informed decision.
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