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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

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No heat is lost with CI and the bigger the better. Alcohol is a little lower in BTUs but they all go into the pan. Since the pan stores more heat the cook times on alcohol might be faster with CI than light weight pans. A flat griddle is great and low enough to easily control.

What I could use are ideas about pot holders for this stove.

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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

Non-pressure alcohol stoves have a little lower max power output than propane stoves, but most cooking isn't done at max power. So, it will take a little longer to heat a skillet, or boil a pot of water, but once up to temp the alcohol stove puts out plenty of heat. Cast iron skillets, et cetera, are useful with any stove because they provide a fairly evenly heated cooking surface and are great at conducting the heat of the flame and transferring it to the pan contents. I use a Lodge "combo cooker" that essentially uses a skillet as the lit of a small Dutch oven.



It's a very handy little set up.
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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

Thanks, we're looking at Dutch oven stuff, just weren't sure it was practical with NOP alchol..

Will try this weekend and report...
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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

Hey SBS,
I just recently purchased a really good bread book that uses the combo cooker for baking bread in a standard home oven to create professional quality artisnal (hate that word) bread. You put the risen loaf onto the preheated shallow skillet and cover with the preheated dutch oven and put the whole thing in the oven at 500 degrees for 10 minutes, then take the dutch oven off, lower the oven temp to 425 degrees and finish baking for 20 minutes. Do you have an oven on your boat? Might be a way to get better bread than from a ressure cooker.
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Hey SBS,
I just recently purchased a really good bread book that uses the combo cooker for baking bread in a standard home oven to create professional quality artisnal (hate that word) bread. You put the risen loaf onto the preheated shallow skillet and cover with the preheated dutch oven and put the whole thing in the oven at 500 degrees for 10 minutes, then take the dutch oven off, lower the oven temp to 425 degrees and finish baking for 20 minutes. Do you have an oven on your boat? Might be a way to get better bread than from a ressure cooker.
Sounds cool. No oven on my boat (it's only 27'), but I have made cornbread using the Dutch oven on the Origo stove top a couple of times. It works pretty well. I flip it over when its almost done to brown both sides. Spanish tortillas come out really good using the same method.

I've also made raised-bread rolls in a Dutch oven on the stove top at home, so I assume it would also work on the boat.
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Tell me more about the cast Iron..... I run NP alcohol but have been using thin/lightweight aluminum pots and pans for quick heat transfer, thinking the Iron would never heat up...?

At home we use almost exclusive CI and have several "pot/oven" dishes we'd like to try on the boat but were afraid they would never get cooked...??
I wish i could offer more insight as to why cast iron is better, but after the first time my wife used the stove the first thing she said was we need to get cast iron skillet and pot....thats what we did and she has been happy. I think its like others have stated, heats evenly and once heated retains heat....Admiral is happy using the alcohol
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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

I've got a two-burner Origo stove. I love using it. It feels nautical to me.

Can't comment on Cast Iron, I have a pretty impressive set of Magna nesting SS post and pans. I'm kinda turned on by the idea of making cornbread on the stovetop.
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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

Just curious, are there any brand new production boats that use anything else but propane or natural gas? A sign of the times? I was at the Annapolis boat show a couple of years ago but I don't remember if any of the new boats were using anything but propane?

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My boat presently uses pressure alcohol and I was thinking of converting to propane. It seems that is what is used all the other boats I get to board around here.
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