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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.