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I'm with Bubblehead -- just use a non-pressurized alcohol stove and relax. I have an Origo stove and just about zero worries with regard to stove fuel. Overall, the installation is much cheaper, much easier, and much safer. Here the stuff one doesn't need with a non-pressurized alcohol stove:
- Tanks (the "tank" is in the stove; when it runs out, pour more fuel in it)
- Hoses/tubes/fittings (not necessary from the non-existent tank)
- Remote shut-off/solenoid (see above)
- Dedicated locker for non-existent tank (see above)
- Sniffer (it's extremely difficult to get ethanol to go boom-boom, probably couldn't do it if I tried)
- Extra $$ for someone to install the above stuff (obviously not necessary if you DIY)
- Extra $$ for insurance (some insurance companies will give one a break if there's no propane installed)
Stuff one does need with a non-pressurized alcohol stove:
- A match or lighter (piezoelectric sparkers tend not to work with a cold alcohol stove)
- An extra canister of ethanol (if you're away from the dock for more than a weekend)
- A little bit more time (keeping the cook pots covered makes more of a difference than the type of fuel)
Compared to propane stoves, alcohol stoves do seem a little pricy, until one adds up all the ancillary junk necessary for a propane stove. Once one adds everything up, alcohol stoves are a bargin.
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