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08-07-2011 12:11 AM
bljones We have a non-pressurized, non-gimballed, seriously obsolete old-skool Almatic amcolhol stove. We cook EVERYTHING on it. Every meal documented on our blog comes from that simple little stove. We have a Magma grill which used to be mounted on the rail - it is now in our shed- we used it once. It may reappear onour boat this season, but on the pulpit instead of the cockpit- it was so inconvenient to use on our small boat, compared to our galley stove, that it rarely got used.

Yes, you CAN cook on a small boat. We do.
08-06-2011 09:48 PM
Stu Jackson Yes the top of the stove is not much bigger than the 2B but that large back burner on the 3B has to be a boon.

I've always found 3 burner stoves questionable. Even with two pans going, there's not much room on the cooktop. Thanks to this discussion, I learned that there is a bigger burner for bigger "fry(!)".

Given the size of your boat, only YOU can decide how you want to use it, with the options presented.

Some folks can actually leanr to use their pressurized stoves. We did on our C22. When we bought our C25, it had one that was knackered. We replaced it with a 2B Origo, non-gimballed. No way one could cook on a small boat, and if we needed to I would have bought one of those bulkhead mounted gimballed units for making hot water. I opted for a thermos!!!

We have CNG now, in San Francisco. Supply of CNG is very close to our marina, hence, no worries about backup, plus we have two CNG tanks aboard. Backup is my middle name, until we bought an empty CNG tank and making coffee that morning became impossible.

No one mentioned this: CNG tanks are BIG and HEAVY, like oxygen tanks in hospitals, only painted white, not green. CNG would NOT be an option on your boat, even if you were my dockmate with easy access to replacement tanks.

Forget CNG and most folks know the issues about heavier and lighter than air.

Do you like scones? Then get an oven and do what Brian has done - great job there, looks and works great.

A drop-in ORIGO would work wonders for your peace-of-mind.

A propane system would be another choice, with its demonstrated additional components.

Other than visiting other countries (i.e., Canada and Mexico - west coast bias since my boat is here!), I'll keep my CNG (it works for us), then would go to alcohol non-pressurized (could still get an oven from Origo), then propane, LPG or whatever they're calling it this week - cooking fuel?).

Your boat, your choice.
08-05-2011 09:42 PM
mitiempo Thanks
It is a Force 10 3 burner with oven and grill. I bought it in the late 90's for a previous boat but sold the boat without it. They are a bit different now - they have a glass oven door and the oven is thermostatically controlled now. Great stoves.
08-05-2011 09:11 PM
aeventyr60
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Solman

Here's a pic of it almost finished. Trim to go still.
Brian,

Which stove is that? Does it have a broiler? Nice instal.
08-05-2011 08:55 PM
roline
Stove Stowage

I switched from pressure alchohol to LPG, included the leakage sniffers to monitor and control LPG flow. Mounted the stove on slides to access lost stowage behind it.
Its been working great for yrs, a good place to hide provisions or pots and pans....... or favorite beverage.....
05-24-2011 08:54 AM
imagine2frolic I bought a locker for the new propane tanks that went into the cockpit lazerette. Then vented it out the stern.......i2f
05-24-2011 08:48 AM
SEMIJim We've considered this question for Abracadabra repeatedly. She currently has a pressurized alcohol stove which we've no yet lit and likely never will. (While we were still debating rebuilding it and lighting it up, temporary slip neighbours that had been cruising for 27 years: "Oh, don't worry about it. We used ours for over 20 years and only ever had three flare-ups. Only one of them almost caught the boat afire." Meanwhile his wife is standing behind him shaking her head emphatically. That decided us.)

We certainly don't want to be hanging propane bottles off the stern rail and have hose running from there to the galley. There is a place we could have a vented propane locker installed, and it wouldn't even take away any currently-used space. It would require probably very expensive glass work, tho. It would be neat, but probably ain't gonna happen.

So we'll probably eventually swap the pressurized alcohol stove out for a non-pressurized alcohol stove, either an Origo or Cookmate.

Jim
05-24-2011 08:06 AM
imagine2frolic I threw my alcohol stove in the trash barrel for a new propane stove. You won't regret it!........i2f
05-24-2011 06:03 AM
chuck53 Yes, it is hard to find, but that's what my boat came with. I will probably have to fill my tank once every 2 years. I'd much rather have to make a long drive once in a while as opposed to the problems and expense of switching to propane.
05-23-2011 06:17 PM
mitiempo CNG is not widely available in the US and Canada and not available at all in most other countries.
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