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thanks for you reply--I am really new to this as just purchased my boat. it had previously had a two burner alcohol stove which is gone-- I do not know the dif between the gas and propane other than as you stated gas should be safer as the propane is heavier and can end up in you bilges. Could you tell me how the gas is handled--is it in tanks and or how do you buy it for your boat--thanks again
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Beware ! Propane has very different installation requirements than CNG
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The "Safe Boat Propane Installations" link by boatpoker ... has been one of the VERY BEST write-ups for boat Propane installations on the internet.
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Unlike many 'household' design gas devices, mobile equipment most definitely needs thermo (thermocouple) controlled safety switches to prevent explosions in such 'tight' spaces such as RV and boats. There are some very (country) specific 'statutes' for gas appliances used in mobile installations.
That being said, the RV stoves CAN be used on boats and have been (Magic Chef makes one, as well as several other brands). The components won't last as long in the saltwater environment and some don't have gimballing ability, but can be done. Not sure about the fridge other than what Rich said.
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Not trying to hijack thread but cannot remember how to start a new one Just wondering if it is possible--if anyone has ever taken a propane stove, and refrigerator and used than on a sailboat--- trying to do it on a strict budget and as we have a used motorhome with working stove and frig that are not being used--I could use thm on the boat if they would work. thanks for any input
If the refrigerator is propane powered it will not work in a mono-hull, as when you heel over the draft up the chimney will not work. They are used on Gemini catamarans (catamarans heel much less) but have heard of folks pulling them out and putting in 12 volt systems. I know the propane powered refrigerators in VW campers are famous for being very trouble prone, not sure they are worth the pain. The stove may be able to be used though.
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So whats wrong with the CNG stove? If the only thing wrong is it burns CNG instead of propane it can be converted to propane.
The problem we have with CNG is two-fold. It isn't nearly as available elsewhere in the world, and there is no conversion kit for our old stove.

There are a few other peccadilloes, too. CNG doesn't burn as hot and the canisters are heavier and don't last as long as LPG.

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I bought this Force 10 for my wife two years ago and she absolutely loves it. It is much better than our old Seward. The slide under door is great, internal capacity of the oven is much bigger, holds more even and steadier oven temp and is considerably easier to clean except for the Euro type grate.

IMHO none of the marine stoves are all that great and I have had a chance to use them all Dickinson, Eno, Seaward etc... We bought the Force 10 because of all the stoves I have used it was the one I liked best..

My only real gripe is the engraved numbers/letters on the face are very, very hard to see....

While not a "drop-in" for the old Seaward it was a very easy 20 minute installation. What ever range you buy ship it truck freight to a local freight facility to get around the "lift gate" residential charges.

So far the Force 10 has been great with zero issues...
First, thanks to all for the great responses!

After having a Force 10 on our 36 footer, and reading more about the new ones, we've decided on the Force 10 three burner. I just ordered one from WM and will be installing it in a week or two.

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I bought a CNG stove then converted to propane by drilling the orfice to the correct size. Since you need less propane than CNG I filled the original orfice with solder then drilled a smaller hole. Ta-da, stove functions just fine.
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If the refrigerator is propane powered it will not work in a mono-hull, as when you heel over the draft up the chimney will not work. They are used on Gemini catamarans (catamarans heel much less) but have heard of folks pulling them out and putting in 12 volt systems. I know the propane powered refrigerators in VW campers are famous for being very trouble prone, not sure they are worth the pain. The stove may be able to be used though.
I sailed with a propane fridge more than half way round the world, through some pretty unpleasant weather, including the 1200 mile beat up the Red Sea. It was on a trimaran, and it was the most trouble free refrigeration I have ever had on a boat in over 50 years. 20 pounds of gas every 30 days, like clockwork.
As I sit here with no refrigeration once again, I can but wish that I still had my tri right now, and a gin n tonic with ice in my hand.

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I sailed with a propane fridge more than half way round the world, through some pretty unpleasant weather, including the 1200 mile beat up the Red Sea. It was on a trimaran, and it was the most trouble free refrigeration I have ever had on a boat in over 50 years. 20 pounds of gas every 30 days, like clockwork.
As I sit here with no refrigeration once again, I can but wish that I still had my tri right now, and a gin n tonic with ice in my hand.
My guess is that using it all the time why you had no issues. most issues i dealt with were due to seasonal or occasional use, especially spiders making a mess of the burner and exhaust. also lots of corrosion due to not being run.
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