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Onboard: Electric stove or other?

I have seen pictures of boats that have AC and/or electric ranges. Just curious if this is run off many batteries and solar power, or is it pretty simple to get power off your engine,be it an inboard/outboard or just an outboard? I didn't see any generators unless they were tucked away.
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re: Onboard: Electric stove or other?

These boats you are talking about...were they actually running these devices while away from the dock?
If they were, and you didn't see any generator, chances are close to 100%, they had an installed marine genset. You would need an awful lot of battery power to run anything but a very small AC unit and especially a power hungry electric stove.

I've got a 16,000 BTU AC unit on my boat. Only runs when I'm at the dock.
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That makes sense. Yeah it was just pics of modifications people had done and they were selling the boat so I didn't see them as they were underway. Logical though that it would just be used when they are in a marina.
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re: Onboard: Electric stove or other?

One of the most inane things that boat builders do is install electric stoves.. since the inverter/battery use for such a thing is impractical it means a generator is the only way to make it work.

When you get around to spending weekends on the hook you'll know which boats have electric stoves when you hear the generators fire up at dinner time... and breakfast time.... and coffee time....
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Okay, sounds good. Do you guys use something like a camping stove then?
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re: Onboard: Electric stove or other?

Yes, a camping stove will work fine on a small boat. Just don't store propane in the cabin, as it is an explosion hazard. On my 22 footer I do most of my cooking in the cockpit, which is where I keep a couple of the little camping propane bottles.
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re: Onboard: Electric stove or other?

There are different options. Some do use small camping stoves, but mostly, people use rail mounted marine grills. most are connected to small propane canisters. My boat has an installed marine oven with cooktop. While mine runs on CNG gas, most are connected to propane tanks, either mounted outboard or in dedicated, sealed propane lockers.
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re: Onboard: Electric stove or other?

Get an unpressurized alcohol stove. Much safer than propane, and cheaper to properly install. No remote tank, no dedicated locker, no tubing, no solenoid, no sniffer needed, and no ka-BOOM if any of the aforementioned components fail.
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re: Onboard: Electric stove or other?

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One of the most inane things that boat builders do is install electric stoves.. since the inverter/battery use for such a thing is impractical it means a generator is the only way to make it work.

When you get around to spending weekends on the hook you'll know which boats have electric stoves when you hear the generators fire up at dinner time... and breakfast time.... and coffee time....
I disagree with you regarding electric galleys. I didn't want explosive gas inside my cabin, so I installed an electric galley; both oven and hobs. I don't need to run the generator to cook. The inverter and 1000Ah battery bank are up to the task just fine. And when I'm on the boat I don't go to a dock more than once or twice every 6 months, I'm a liveaboard and not a weekend sailor so the energy balance has to work - and it does.

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I disagree with you regarding electric galleys. I didn't want explosive gas inside my cabin, so I installed an electric galley; both oven and hobs. I don't need to run the generator to cook. The inverter and 1000Ah battery bank are up to the task just fine. And when I'm on the boat I don't go to a dock more than once or twice every 6 months, I'm a liveaboard and not a weekend sailor so the energy balance has to work - and it does.

The OP apparently has a 24-ft boat. Not very likely that he'll have a 1000Ah battery bank or a genset.
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