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Camp stove on a boat

I am thinking of using a Optiums hiker stove runs on white gas, kerosene, diesel and jet fuel.
Have a tiny boat and like hot oatmeal for bf + would like to fry some fish -- thoughts?
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

All the backpacker stoves are easily knocked over, especially when loaded with a fry pan and contents ... especially prone to falling over on a boat that can 'rock'.


A better choice would be a flat table-top Butane stove - IMO
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

Or build a base like a couple pieces of plywood about a foot sq with hole in middle fro stove to sit in to stabilize it YMMV the important thing is to make sure it is stable and won't fall over when lit
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

In my opinion Optimus should not even be used in a camp area.
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

look up james baldwin gimballed mountaineering kerosene stove

its about the best solution to this question

while not propane its kerosene and does very well

fwiw I cruised on my boat on a gimballed stainless 1 potter using mostly coleman propane and or torch propane bottles found all over the world in hardware stores

very $$ friendly and not as complicated as a full propane system on bigger boats however there is a degree of filth and care needed for the small propane tanks as they RUST and leak every once in a while...

we had to leave them outside always and as you know this causes issues like moistrure and rust etc.

so back to the kerosene gimballed solution you just have one external filler jerry can and prime and pressure as you go


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Re: Camp stove on a boat

I might consider finding a space for it and adding some 1/2 sq battens to act as fiddles just in case somebody wakes you.

For the same reason wire fiddles to retain the pot are a good idea. A couple of wire coat hangers are a good start.
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

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All the backpacker stoves are easily knocked over, especially when loaded with a fry pan and contents ... especially prone to falling over on a boat that can 'rock'.


A better choice would be a flat table-top Butane stove - IMO
Amazon.com : Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case : Indoor Camp Stove : Sports & Outdoors
ever read some of the horror stories with those butane stoves? I know they are supposed to back the cylinder out when they get too hot, but in many of the cases I have read, they don't and makes a huge fireball when the cylinder explodes.
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

John,
I've used Optimus & MSR stoves while mountaineering. While Optimus has a little more stability, I would not suggest either. The cartrige stoves have a high center of gravity & will tip over if a large pot/skillet is off center. The external white gas models require priming & the fuel spills easily out of the cup; I almost had my tent burned up, with me inside, from someone with an MSR next to me on Denali. MAYBE a Coleman portable, but that comes with ventilation worries & a way to secure it.
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

I bought a Forespar mini-galley a few years ago. Forespar Mini-Galley Hot-SpotAll I can say is that it works marginally in moderate conditions but can send stuff flying if it's rough. Ask me how I know this:-) It also is not hot enough if used up on deck to make coffee (why I bought it) if the wind is blowing a bit. I would not want to rely on one of them. You need something well attached whether gimbaled or not.
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Re: Camp stove on a boat

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look up james baldwin gimballed mountaineering kerosene stove

its about the best solution to this question

while not propane its kerosene and does very well

fwiw I cruised on my boat on a gimballed stainless 1 potter using mostly coleman propane and or torch propane bottles found all over the world in hardware stores

very $$ friendly and not as complicated as a full propane system on bigger boats however there is a degree of filth and care needed for the small propane tanks as they RUST and leak every once in a while...

we had to leave them outside always and as you know this causes issues like moistrure and rust etc.

so back to the kerosene gimballed solution you just have one external filler jerry can and prime and pressure as you go


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