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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

Have a non-pressurized Origo which works great!
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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?
I think at least some J-boats come with Origo stoves as standard equipment. And I've seen them in a number of new trailer-sailor sized boats.

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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.
Didn't your mama ever ask you about your friends jumping off a cliff?

Seriously, try a non-pressurized alcohol stove. They really are much safer, and cheaper to install over-all (the stove-top is more pricy, but that is ALL you have to buy; no tank(s), no regulator, no hoses/tubing, no sniffer/alarm).
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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

I still use my pressurized alcohol stove. The danger comes at light-off; it is too easy to put too much alcohol in the warming pan. If you do you get a huge flame that could catch the curtains on fire. Once these alcohol stoves are going, they are as safe as anything else that makes open flames in your boat. I asked an old salt to show me how when I first bought the boat and that worked out well.
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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

This is one issue that always baffles me. People rush to put propane on their boat to cook with but are terrified of Atomic 4 gas engines! Propane goes BOOM on some poor souls boat every year but there is not one case of an A4 blowing up.

Isn't boating supposed to gives us a break from daily life? Do I need the same conveniences of home that I'm trying to get a break from?

Stick with and enjoy the alcohol stove. The smell, the different routine is part of the charm.

And you won't go BOOM.

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I think at least some J-boats come with Origo stoves as standard equipment. And I've seen them in a number of new trailer-sailor sized boats.



Didn't your mama ever ask you about your friends jumping off a cliff?

Seriously, try a non-pressurized alcohol stove. They really are much safer, and cheaper to install over-all (the stove-top is more pricy, but that is ALL you have to buy; no tank(s), no regulator, no hoses/tubing, no sniffer/alarm).
Sounds good, not ready to jump off the cliff yet but I don't know anyone who is using them around here. I find the oven in my pressure alcohol doesn't seem to get hot enough for cooking some things properly. How is the oven in the non-pressurized for cooking? I am ok with lighting the one I have without burning the curtains (yet) but I pretty much have to light it for anyone one else on board. Got a get a better trained crew!
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Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

we like our Origo... simple, works great... we keep the alcohol in the cockpit fuel locker and just use an oz or two at a time to cook a meal... if you add more fuel, it just evaporates
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we like our Origo... simple, works great... we keep the alcohol in the cockpit fuel locker and just use an oz or two at a time to cook a meal... if you add more fuel, it just evaporates
Do you have the little neoprene gaskets? I've found that they work quite well (if I remember to use them every time).
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... I find the oven in my pressure alcohol doesn't seem to get hot enough for cooking some things properly. How is the oven in the non-pressurized for cooking?...
I've only used the stove-tops. But I would be more than a little surprised if the oven didn't work just fine.

On the other hand, if I were to install an oven on a boat I think I would take a serious look at one of the smaller Dickinsen diesel ovens, or (if I really felt rich at that moment) a Taylors.
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I've only used the stove-tops. But I would be more than a little surprised if the oven didn't work just fine.
I was just checking out the Orion on the net and comparing it to a propane stove and oven. The BTU rating of the oven on the alcohol system is 5000 BTU and the propane oven was 10,000 BTU. Quite a difference in the rating but I am not sure if any cooking would require more than the 5000 BTU?
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I was just checking out the Orion on the net and comparing it to a propane stove and oven. The BTU rating of the oven on the alcohol system is 5000 BTU and the propane oven was 10,000 BTU. Quite a difference in the rating but I am not sure if any cooking would require more than the 5000 BTU?
Are they the same size? Divide the power rating (BTWs) by the volume of each oven (or perhaps its surface area) for a better comparison.
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