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32 Minutes Ago 08:47 AM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

Reviving an old thread is fine as long as you are building on the info in the tread and asking something new. But responding to a question asked years ago is useless.

As to stoves, I have many years of experience with pressurized alcohol, unpressurized alcohol and now propane. Propane is by far the most convenient, but it demands a proper installation and careful maintenance. An unpressurized alcohol stove like an Origo is a BIG improvement over an older pressurized stove. Safer, more convenient, and more reliable. It's a no-brainer to replace a pressurized stove with one. And yes, alcohol has a low energy density, but the claims that the flame is "colder" or that it takes longer to boil water are just not true. Just look at the BTU ratings for an Origo compared to the typical propane stove burner.
8 Hours Ago 12:58 AM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

Originally Posted by ohDark30 View Post
I have a two burner with oven shipmate alcohol stove. I love it. I don't use the stove but the burner portion is great. Heats well and it's never failed me. I agree with one of the other contributors. Use the money elsewhere. I'm certain you'll find something on a boat that requires money

Oh, since it seems to be the going trend. I'll tell you what I sail. 1974 Hughes 38.
Good to see a newer post on this thread! I have an old two burner shipmate with an oven. I was wondering if anyone knows where I could get new burners for these, or some way to maybe contact the company. I have found the Shipmate Stove company webpage but they are not affiliated to Richmond Ring Company Inc. who i think is who made the stove. So I'm a little confused.

So a bit on the problem I'm having with it and am determined to get through... I got a new tank which I raise to 12ish PSI. When I prime the burner it won't stay lit though, almost as if there is a blockage and not enough alcohol can come out at once to maintain a flame.

Any ideas? More information? Thanks!

I sail a Jason 35.
14 Hours Ago 06:20 PM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

Don't take it seriously we joke about stuff like that all the time I just forgot the Smiley's last time: laugher
17 Hours Ago 04:08 PM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

Geez I was learning about stoves And just do not see bad etiquette what I see is good information Old or not
18 Hours Ago 02:29 PM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

Fun to have this old thread revived. For the sake of those who might be researching the topic, I'll add my experience. Our previous boat came with a Kenyon pressurized alcohol stove/oven. We used it for years cruising the upper Great Lakes, and never had a serious problem. The only downside of alcohol is the low energy-density of the fuel. Couple this with the fact that it is liquid, means it takes up a lot of space to store the fuel. But we easily cruised for up to eight weeks at a time, anchoring out all the time, and cooking three meals a day for two people. Used about a 4 litres (~1 gallon) per week.

Like anything, there is a skill to using one properly, but they are certainly no more dangerous than many other things on a typical cruising boat. Just learn how to prime the burners properly, and watch that they don't blow out. No big deal.

Our new (old) boat came with a propane system, and I am very happy with it. But if I had a functioning pressure alcohol stove, and wasn't planning to sail over the horizon, I'd certainly keep it.
19 Hours Ago 01:36 PM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

One reason I like alcohol as a fuel (for the stove) is that it's extinguishable with water. Propane, IMO, is just too darned dangerous for a boat, being heavier than air. Probably the best option for a stove would be a fuel oil/kero/diesel unit. One thing about the pressurized alcohol stoves is that they do use quite a lot of fuel. Bet I go through a gallon every 10 days or so when living aboard.
1 Day Ago 11:39 PM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

Also this may be the record for reviving an old thread it was from 2000
1 Day Ago 11:36 PM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

Actually it denatured ethanol/ stove alcohol burns with a blue flame and when the air is properly adjusted the flame tips are slightly yellow/orange not clear and methanol is just alcohol made from wood/celulose instead of ethanol made from organic sugars
1 Day Ago 09:55 PM
Rocky Mountain Breeze
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

The problem with alcohol is that it burns with no color. In my younger days I raced go-carts that used methanol for fuel. Once when we were trying to quickly repair a cracked frame with a welder some fuel got slopped on the pickup bed the cart was on and a spark from the welding process lit the fuel. We could tell it was burning because the paint was wrinkling and turning brown just I front of the flame. Nothing that will make fire is 100% safe but by using prudent procedures the likelihood of having a problem is greatly reduced.
1 Day Ago 04:55 PM
Re: Shipmate alcohol stoves....

I have an old Kenyon pressurized alcohol/electric stove that works perfectly. Can't think of any reason to change it. I replaced one worn out burner and the pump but other than that it's a reliable unit.
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