From BoatUS insurance on causes of boat fires .....
6) Stove - 1%
Got a number for the proportion of boat explosions caused by propane stoves? I can give you a pretty good estimate for the proportion cause by non-pressurized alcohol stoves -- 0.0%.
Stove fires appear to be less common (1%) than in the past, probably due to fewer [pressurized] alcohol stoves being installed on new boats. Still, alcohol can be a dangerous fuel; though it canít explode, an alcohol flame is hard to see....
[fixed your omission for clarity]
A modicum of common sense goes a long way with any stove. Holding ones hand over the burner for a second or two is a pretty fool-proof test of whether the burner is on.
Yes, pressurized alcohol stoves are/were problematic. ANY pressurized fuel is more dangerous than a non-pressurized fuel. But, that was not the type of stove being discussed. Modern marine alcohol stoves are non-pressurized
. Somehow, I would think that a "surveyor" would be able to tell the difference.
We love to cook and eat well, so we'll stick to our 3-burner propane stove with oven that is installed according to ABYC standards.
Nothing like bringing an explosive gas on board and then spending all sorts of time and money trying to make sure that it doesn't explode. Right?
Next time you heat up some beans on your alcohol burner, don't forget to take the label off the can .... As per ABYC the label is not fire retardent
I can't remember the last time I warmed up any beans on the boat. However, I had an extremely relaxing evening on the boat a couple of nights ago: I warmed up some lentil soup, cooked a pot of rice, and fried up a couple of steaks (and caramelized onions;
yummy) on my non-pressurized
alcohol stove. I also made some espresso
(for myself) and boiled some water for tea (for The Admiral) after dinner. AND I never had to worry about making sure the tank valve was off (or on), or worry about some little electronic gizmo in the bilge working properly, or worry about a dozen different fittings/hoses/etc. not leaking. Very relaxing.
Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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