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Single burner Butane stove

I am thinking of buying a Butane stove for use on my boat, any advice pro or con? It would be for occasional use while anchored out.
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Re: Single burner Butane stove

They work GREAT! - Much better than an alcohol stove!
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But you can't drink the butane in a pinch.

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Re: Single burner Butane stove

I'd be concerned about the safety of butaine. Butane is heavier than air and so it has the potential to settle in the boat. Does the stove have a thermo couple so that it wont vent butane if the flame gets blown out?

I am really happy with my Origo un-pressurized alcohol stove. I find it plenty hot/fast enough for anything that I have asked of it. And although I dont bake bread and cakes on board (yet) I do a lot of cooking and it's never been "too slow"
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If you mean by that one of those single burner stoves with a built in gas bottle then you do need to take care. Keeping LPG/Butane inside a boat is not a good idea but if you do so then most definitely you'll need a gas sniffer in the bilge. Presuming that this is the sort of thing you are talking about ....

Me I wouldn't have one for quids. I'd reckon it would rust out in short order as well and lack of gimbals is not something I'd be happy with.

Even though I don't particularly like alcohol stoves myself in this case this is the way I'd go.

If however you are talking about a properly installed single burner gas stove with the gas battle out in the cockpit or in a gas locker then I'd prefer gas to alcohol.

edit - whoops , I've just realised that is a gas single burner. I intended to post an alcohol. They are pretty much identical in appearance.

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They're convenient to use in a pinch, and as started, use safety precautions. Here in MD the canisters are expensive and difficult to find.
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Re: Single burner Butane stove

We have 2 butane stoves like the one pictured above, and they work great. They will boil water far faster than alcohol, and even propane. The canisters are easy to find, and fairly cheap. They pack away into a handy carrying case to be tucked away when not in use. We have had ours for several years with no sign of rust, but if they do rust out they are dirt cheap to replace. The concerns about gas accumulation, while not entirely unfounded, are overblown. The amount of butane in a canister is quite small, so if one does leak, the odds of creating an explosive mixture is pretty slim.

Overall they are a good low budget option if you don't need to cook while under way. It is nice to be able to cook in the cockpit, on the dock, on the beach, or anywhere else you feel like!
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