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C&C 30 MK1 Pressurized alcohol stoves

So I have read a lot of forums on this topic. The stove on this C&C looks like new. We are not going to be going anywhere for quite some time. Just spending some weekends and overnights. Do I go thru it and learn how to use it? Or do I just use a rail mounted BBQ from west? I like the stove idea but I don’t want a fire. or explosion!! Does anybody have instructions on how a factory installed 3 burner pressurized stove works?? How to prime, how many pumps from the bicycle pump do you give the tank, how much fuel to put into the tanks? etc.
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Re: C&C 30 MK1 Pressurized alcohol stoves

Biggest issue with these, other than the hassle of preheating, is the cost of the proper fuel.. cheap methyl hydrate will plug things up so you need to use the proper alcohol.

They are also slower to heat than propane and we never did have success with the 'oven' in 10 years with a pressurized alcohol stove. We kept it for that long for all the usual reasons, but finally switched to propane and never looked back.

A bbq isn't great for toast in the morning, or that cup of coffee, so trying to go bbq alone really isn't a good plan.

If you choose to use the stove preheating is greatly simplified by heating the burner itself for a minute or two with a propane torch.. never mind the raw alcohol puddle that burns with eye stinging fumes and so close to invisible that you can't tell when it's getting away on you. Pump up the tank, heat the burner with the torch and then slowly open the fuel valve.. the burner will light off the torch flame smoothly and burn clean from that point.

Use the self lighting torch tips available at any hardware store for convenience.. it does mean having propane aboard, but with common sense that's manageable..

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Re: C&C 30 MK1 Pressurized alcohol stoves

I understand your trepidation.

Consider replacing it with an Origo, non-pressurized alcohol stove. They put out the same or more BTU's as these old pressurized stoves. In the meantime, you can at least test the safety of yours by pressurizing it a little and checking for leaks before you light it. I'll bet there's a manual online for it somewhere.
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Go to C&C Yachts - C&C Photo Album & Resource Center , look under
The section marked manuals, they have the pressure stove manual there.
Let me know how you make out, I bought a c&c 30 mk1 this fall..
Havnt messed with the stove yet....
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Keep your jug of drinking water open and nearby when using the stove, if you have a flare up, you can drown it in water.

Remember that the alcohol flame is very difficult to see in daylight.

(I hate those stoves...)
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Re: C&C 30 MK1 Pressurized alcohol stoves

I second the motion to go to an Origo. That's exactly what I did on my C&C 30 Mk 1. I had the Hillerange pressurized alcohol stove and oven on mine- probably the same one you have. Forget the oven. Plan to preheat the burners on the stove and be ready for flare-ups when you first light it up. You won't know it's flaring up until the curtains catch on fire because you can't see the flame.
I went to the Origo because:
1.safer
2. easier to use
3. removing the Hillerange gave me a ton of space- installed a counter in its place and microwave fits under the counter.
You can install a gimbal system for the Origo if you need it.
If I had the money for a proper propane installation, that's the way I'd go, but that's an expensive proposition.

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I second the motion to go to an Origo. That's exactly what I did on my C&C 30 Mk 1. I had the Hillerange pressurized alcohol stove and oven on mine- probably the same one you have.
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I Have the Hillerange and it makes so nervous i have never lit it

I think i will take it to the driveway and play with it to gain some trust in how it works as it did work fine for 40 soem odd years for the PO

and i have no problem at all using a coleman white gas stove

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I used Kenyon pressurized stoves for many years and got pretty good at dealing with their quirks. I did replace the one on my previous boat with an Origo when I got a great deal on one and it was a great improvement. My advice is try the Hillerange and see how it works. If you don't like it, get an Origo.
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Keep your jug of drinking water open and nearby when using the stove, if you have a flare up, you can drown it in water.

Remember that the alcohol flame is very difficult to see in daylight.
You have got to be kidding...water will spread the fire....


Fire needs oxygen to burn. Keep a box of baking soda nearby. It will suffacate the fire. Every station in my restaurants had a box near in for all the little fires we would always have. Simple is better. of course make sure you have the proper extinquisher on board

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