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sterno cook stove?

Anyone use a sterno cook stove? I'm looking for a very cheap way to heat up a can of food and make a cup of coffee on a 17 foot boat. I will be cooking for one, and so far my overnighting plans have averaged one night a year so the relatively expensive (two bucks!) fuel isn't a concern. The Sterno "stove" and fuel is all of $15 and seems safe enough to store anywhere. Seems like they'd be perfect for boating, but I've never seen them marketed that way.
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Not sure how it would be for boating, but used it while backpacking. Not the greatist for boiling water, but could get water luke warm, ie warm enough for tea, hot chocolate....will assume coffee since I do not drink it. Great temp fro making pancakes......

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Sterno takes forever to cook things. It is good for warming pans. Warming is the definitive word - not hot. We were forced to use sterno on one trip where our pressurized alcohol stove died. It took two hours to make coffee. A camping burner like this would be MUCH better:
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there is also a "marine" version called a "sea-swing", that comes with a gimballed mount so you can use it under way. Sailnet does not offer them. (I looked.)
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We've used sterno to cook complete meals aboard our 28' boat. I took the old burners out of the pressurized alcohol stove and dropped in the sterno cans and it worked well.
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Even less expensive might be the ol' bar be que off the stern. Either the itty bitty camper style propane tank or driftwood/paper.

You have a wee boat, I'd be hesitant to have any open flames in the cabin.
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There is something called the atom stove.Saw it on sailfar.marc
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You can get a relatively compact one burner stove with electronic ignition that takes an integral butane cartridge stove and comes in a handy plastic case for transport and storage for $25 to $35. I've seen them at Cabela's, Gander Mountain, Dick's and other outdoor stores. Perfect for your application. I bought one last year for $30 and am very satisfied.
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+1 for a small butane stove. Kenyon makes a "marine" one called the Galley Express II which sells for $32 at Defender. Fuel is a bit pricey compared to alcohol or propane ($5 for a 7.8 oz cartridge) but they work well.
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+1 for a small butane stove. Kenyon makes a "marine" one called the Galley Express II which sells for $32 at Defender. Fuel is a bit pricey compared to alcohol or propane ($5 for a 7.8 oz cartridge) but they work well.
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sterno MUST be use outside NOT in the cabin.
The Kenyon can be used inside.
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