Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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Re: Propane Stove - Dickenson or Force 10?
We bought a Dickinson three burner during our refit, ours was one of the first stoves that Dickinson sold (we bought it based on their long standing reputation for their diesel stoves). Frankly, there were several issues with the stoves that should never have gotten past the initial testing and quality control(I think I mentioned our problems in a thread or two here on SN). To make a long story short, we worked with Dickinson and made several suggestions which were incorporated into the stoves (I think they were aware of some problems and were already working on fixes, and they were receptive to our ideas) and returned our fist two stoves (Dickinson's customer support is fantastic, and they did everything possible to help us and make it as easy as possible). We have had our current stove for over two years now and have used it extensively and we are completely happy with it. Laurie is a baker and uses the oven for everything from bread to cookies and finds it easy to use and accurate for temp (I think we researched the size and it was the same or bigger than the old stove, at any rate it's more than adequate). The larger btu burners, and the huge 11K one, are great especially for a large pot for pasta or something similar. I worried that the bigger burners would result in more propane usage, but they seem to heat quicker so maybe overall cooking time is less, not sure, but a tank lasts as long as with our old Seaward Princess stove. Cleaning is easy, the top grates just snap out giving access to the tray beneath the burners. Overall construction and quality are quite good. We give it a thumbs up!
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse