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02-17-2014 12:02 AM
guitarguy56
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

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02-16-2014 10:40 PM
Capt Len
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

I installed a Panasonic convection/microwave. Very happy with it. Can cook a pie or bird when plugged in or motoring and never a battery/inverter power problem if microwaving. In the summer,we're all electric or BBQ .During the short cold period we can cook and heat with wood.
02-16-2014 09:59 PM
guitarguy56
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

Don't understand the fear of using a microwave onboard? My 800 watt consumes 120 watts from the battery when I use it for 15 minutes and it's running off a 3000 watt pure sine wave inverter. I also run my 1500 watt induction stove on that same inverter and it uses very liitle wattage for 5-8 minutes I ran it. Battery never saw a flicker. I don't see what the big deal is but I do know the boat won't catch on fire due to flames from propane, alcohol, butane or other flammable fluids while cooking.
02-16-2014 09:32 PM
olysux
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

boo to microwaves
01-16-2014 02:22 PM
Group9
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Genset on, microwave on, genset off. Burns a thimble of fuel. Corn popped.
Yeah, me, too. I 'm embarrassed how many times I have cranked my diesel generator, just to heat something in the microwave, and then turned it off as soon as it was done.
01-16-2014 01:46 PM
Dave_E
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

I concur with the "don't use it at sea" thinking. We have a small one I installed. When hooked up to shore power, we use it like we do at home. On batteries (including engine running), we stick to the old ways... CNG.
01-11-2014 09:34 PM
piclarke
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

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I still get a chuckle that our number 1 usage for the microwave is as a breadbox, as I mentioned above, but it really does extend the life of bread and bagels aboard. I swear, I would keep it just for that. Nevertheless, its nice to have to re-heat things, melt butter, microwave bacon (which would make an incredible mess on the stove) and heat pre-made meals. We buy these at a local grocery store on the way to the boat and some are pretty good. Stove tops are quite limited in size and I've commonly cooked for 6 and occasionally for 8. The microwave is like having an extra burner/stove for certain things.

The thought of burning diesel vs propane was interesting. I think I would prefer diesel, but make no argument against the inefficiency of both. Diesel is just so much simpler to top off along the way and, for the sake of running a genset for 5 mins, is never so close I need to consider fuel volume. Sometimes, I wonder if the propane tank is about to quit. Pulling it out and going ashore to refill is annoying. (I know, if only that was the toughest chore)
Not only going ashore when cruising - it's hiring a taxi, or rental car to get to the darn place. Never in the centre of town nearly always on the perimeter in most island nations in the South Pacific and nearly always twice to three times the price as home base LPG.

Cabbage taste about three times more in flavour. You probably will never eat boil cabbage or steamed cabbage again if cooked as per above glad wrapped, lightly sprinkled with water by flicking water from a wetted hand. That's all you need

Butter nut, pumpkin three times the flavour and intense and at a fraction off the time. Gen sets virtual run on the smell 8-10 KWs.

At sea in rough conditions the less time spent in the galley, with the additional heat from the burners, especially in the tropics when the crew are in the cockpit getting fresh air with a sun downer, is a blessing that you can't put a price on.

On the pick or marina and guests from three other boats that have been invited? Speaks for itself especially if you have two or three microwaves as well as a 4 burner and a conventional gas oven.

Agree , Day old or 2 day old scones, bread, buns, on a low short heat and hey the yeast is reactivated. No body notices. Only if done above medium heat and too long they turn to rubber and as they cool go rock hard. And good for reheats and prepared pre cooked meals. Thawed every thing ready = in the mic and on defrost setting for ever how long and join the part in the cockpit on deck etc. until they are ready to tuck in.

Cruising is also about entertaining and saying thanks to all the people that invite you to their home for a meal. Have mics no need to go to a restaurant and doing individually but in one hit on the boat, which is a real experience for land lovers and they get to meet new people they would not otherwise have had the pleasure to do so.

To me this just as pleasurable as the passage making or the length of stay in port. Saying good by to all the good and friendly people.

How do you say thanks to a complete stranger in a Island state when with 2 minutes on stepping onto the wharf, you ask him for the taxi number to get a taxi and he reaches into his pocket, chucks you his car keys at you and says you got 120 mins. use is that long enough. Invite his whole family and perhaps his neighbours aboard for an evening meal before departing port.

I need mics to do that evening justice.

It did happen.
01-11-2014 09:31 AM
Minnewaska
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

I still get a chuckle that our number 1 usage for the microwave is as a breadbox, as I mentioned above, but it really does extend the life of bread and bagels aboard. I swear, I would keep it just for that. Nevertheless, its nice to have to re-heat things, melt butter, microwave bacon (which would make an incredible mess on the stove) and heat pre-made meals. We buy these at a local grocery store on the way to the boat and some are pretty good. Stove tops are quite limited in size and I've commonly cooked for 6 and occasionally for 8. The microwave is like having an extra burner/stove for certain things.

The thought of burning diesel vs propane was interesting. I think I would prefer diesel, but make no argument against the inefficiency of both. Diesel is just so much simpler to top off along the way and, for the sake of running a genset for 5 mins, is never so close I need to consider fuel volume. Sometimes, I wonder if the propane tank is about to quit. Pulling it out and going ashore to refill is annoying. (I know, if only that was the toughest chore)
01-11-2014 08:54 AM
SVAuspicious
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

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Originally Posted by piclarke View Post
I find them invaluable.

Saves Gas. 30 secs to cook greens. Scramble eggs 3 mins no mess to clean.

Chicken 20 mins.

Crew on day shift or night shift [ calm conditions only one on watch ] No need to boil the jug or kettle on the gas stove.

Single cup water in micr zapp for 20 secs - hey presto coffee and return to the helm.

Cheaper than refilling the gas bottle or risk a explosion re them forgetting to use the gas sniffer before hand.
On the merits, burning diesel to save propane doesn't work for me although it must for you unless you have huge wind and solar.

I don't think that is the most important point. The way we cook is generally the way we cook. There is room for all of us to grow and learn but the fact is that we all have our ways. I know people who pump out great food--afloat and ashore--with no microwave at all. There are other folks who have kitchens or galleys that center around the microwave. "Better" is relative. My answer and your answer can be different without either of us being right or wrong.

When I moved aboard I built-in a microwave because I'd always had a microwave. I rarely used it. That space is now some of the most valuable storage on the boat (because I took shelving out to put in the microwave) where all the tall stuff lives. This works for me.

Now if I could just figure out how to gimble and install my old 6-burner Thermador I'd be a happy camper.
01-10-2014 10:33 PM
piclarke
Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

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Originally Posted by night0wl View Post
I'm sorry, but the microwave is the *LEAST* used feature of our boat...totally useless. First, we rarely stay at marinas or on shorepower long enough to need the zapper. Second, it is an amp hog. Third, it takes up valuable storage space! More often than not, I find myself stacking things inside the microwave to make use of the empty space.

Once ours goes bad or is outdated, I plan on converting the space it occupies into another locker for storage.
I find them invaluable.

Saves Gas. 30 secs to cook greens. Scramble eggs 3 mins no mess to clean.

Chicken 20 mins.

Crew on day shift or night shift [ calm conditions only one on watch ] No need to boil the jug or kettle on the gas stove.

Single cup water in micr zapp for 20 secs - hey presto coffee and return to the helm.

Cheaper than refilling the gas bottle or risk a explosion re them forgetting to use the gas sniffer before hand.


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