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update alcohol stoves
We installed a second hand 15+ year old origo 6000 stove/oven this season, which is gimballed on our Bayfield 32c.
It is fantastic. At this age, I expected to need to replace the burner canisters. I was wrong. All that needed was a good cleaning, this stove was top notch. They are great, simple and built to last. The stove gives about 95% of the heat of propane, but with no stress of propane sniffers, explosive fumes etc.
The oven is a little slow to heat up. If you light it 20 minutes prior to use it is just fine. My wife baked bread and cookies on it this summer while swinging on the hook. They all turned out great.
One big plus with the ORIGO vs. propane is ease of storing and purchasing fuel. We keep three 1 litre containers under our galley sink. These will burn for 4-6 hours of continuous use each. If you are walking a ways from your anchorage/marina to a store while cruising, being able to carry 12-18 hours worth of fuel in a backpack, and pay less than $10.00 for it is great. We usually go to walmart or a hardware store and buy methyl hydrate from the paint section for half of what the local marine store charges.
Could not recomend alcohol stoves (non-pressure type) highly enough.