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Butane stove

Does anyone have any experience using a butane stove onboard? I just don't want to use my pressurized alcohol stove anymore.

I have a double burner, GasOne stove that uses locked in cannisters. Each can can run 2-8 hours.

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Re: Butane stove

Have used the "korean bbq" restaurant specials many times on a number of boats. If used with some respect for explosive gasses, no problem, they work very well. $20 including case and if it rusts in five years, buy a new one.

If used without proper safety precautions...the gasses still explode in the proper manner, and all that good stuff.

But hell yes, I'd rather use butane that any kind of alcohol. I'd rather eat cold food or no food than use alcohol.
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Good points. I'm looking forward to using this unit. Thanks

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I use one of the Korean Restuarant cheapies as a backup. Works great.

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I've cooked for hundreds using these butane stoves, love em. Cheap, easy to use, and do the job. We had one on our previous boat and used it often, but never underway, only at anchor or dock.

If you're looking for a reliable, safe, and cheap way to cook aboard, I don't think you could find anything better.

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Re: Butane stove

Nothing wrong with a non pressurized alchohol stove like an Origo. The major issue is the cost of the fuel. Shop around for alchohol and butane cylinders and it may be a wash. West Marine prices for both are crazy. I've had good experience with an Origo fueled by denatured alcohol from the local hardware store and have no problem doing that again.
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You may wish to check with your insurance broker and ask if using one of these would void your insurance as they do not have thermocouples and it is unlikely that you have a proper LPG storage locker.

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Re: Butane stove

What is the general safety/danger storing those butane cartridges. Is the purpose of the exterior storage locker to prevent gas buildup or to get it away from heat sources.

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Re: Butane stove

The problem with storing combustible gases below, especially those heavier than air, is that they may leak. The containers are not very robust. If they leak, the gas builds up in the cabin or the bilge, and with one spark, it does what a combustible gas is supposed to do: Blow you to kingdom come.

So "proper" safety precautions include using a gas detector, a blower, and storing the gasses in a properly sealed and vented locker, so that if there are any leaks the gas vents overboard.
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