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Does anyone use their Sea-Swing cooker?

So....I needed a fourth pot to cook in, remembered that I have an old Sea-Swing cooker tucked away along with a propane bottle for it. Attached it to its mount above the galley and fired it up.

This damn thing scares me, to the point I had a fire extinguisher off the bracket and sitting next to me. Whooshhhh with flames curling up along all sides. Eventually (trying to boil water) flames started coming out where the propane bottle attaches so I shut it down and reverted to a “JetBoil” I use when hiking.

Obviously there’s a bad seal in the bottle mount. Regardless, I don’t like this thing at all. For one, the entire assembly gets hotter en hell and anything like that is just begging for 3rd degree burns when I fall into the damn thing in a seaway. It’s only logical location is above the galley sink next to the companionway (I have a “small” boat) so there is no real “safe” place to put it. The way this thing operates I wouldn’t let it out of my sight for 5 seconds, let alone “warming something up” for me while at the helm, soup, coffee, the Irish kind or otherwise.

Is this thing worth keeping and fixing? Does anyone actually use them anymore?

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Re: Does anyone use their Sea-Swing cooker?

My [I]old[I] Sea Swing had a bronze base that must have weighed 12 pounds! Instead of propane, it used a Primas kerosine burner and it was the finest stove I've ever used at sea. Any weather or sea condition, up to and including a full gale and we had hot food or coffee if the cook was up to the job. Great invention.
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My [I]old[I] Sea Swing had a bronze base that must have weighed 12 pounds! Instead of propane, it used a Primas kerosine burner and it was the finest stove I've ever used at sea. Any weather or sea condition, up to and including a full gale and we had hot food or coffee if the cook was up to the job. Great invention.
This things pretty old, probably older than me. Looks like it was converted to LPG at some point. All the markings on it are burnt stuff I tried using to handle the thing. I can see how it would be useful to keep coffee or soup in while underway with the gimbal mount and all (why I kept it) just seems incredibly dangerous.
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Re: Does anyone use their Sea-Swing cooker?

Wow, that thing is a beast! If you feel handy, lots of people have made double-gimbaled mounts for camp stoves. single burner camp stove multi-gimballed - Gear Anarchy - Sailing Anarchy Forums has some great examples, but just googling for "camp stove gimbal mount" turns up tons more.
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Wow, that thing is a beast! If you feel handy, lots of people have made double-gimbaled mounts for camp stoves. single burner camp stove multi-gimballed - Gear Anarchy - Sailing Anarchy Forums has some great examples, but just googling for "camp stove gimbal mount" turns up tons more.
Yeah, that’s why I kept it. It’s solid. I’m used to using JetBoil style camp stoves; fast and convenient. They’ll boil water in a quarter of the time compared to my stovetop and now as I found out, the Sea-Swing. My main issue with the Sea-Swing, other than the flames shooting out of everywhere, is that the entire assembly gets red hot. The only place I can fit it is right next to the companionway, starboard side. I’ve bumped into it (cold thank god) many times coming down the steps. If it were in operation, I’d melt my foulies or worse yet, my right arm or shoulder. I know people relied on these things for decades which is why I’m trying to troubleshoot my own operation of it and/or mounted location before tossing the thing. That’s why I wanted to see if anyone was still actually using them. Kind of like pressurized alcohol stoves; yeah they might work most of the time but I’ve lost enough facial hair from them that they quickly find their way off my boats.

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Re: Does anyone use their Sea-Swing cooker?

Love mine. Have the kerosene model which for me is a plus as I've been cooking on kero boat stoves for more than a 1/2 century. Have yet to find a sea state that the Sea Swing wasn't able to brew a pot of coffee or heat a meal. Obviously I'm not a gourmet cook but it was my only cooker for the TransPac.

They were designed to use Sterno cans for heat which weren't all that efficient being alcohol. Conversion to Kerosene was largely an after market modification as was propane/butane. The OP's stove is obviously malfunctioning. On a properly set up SeaSwing the flames are directed at the bottom of the pot and any heat transferred to the stove itself is reflected. They do get warm but not super hot as to be a fire or melt hazard if you accidentally brush against it. No, you're not going to want to hang onto the stove with both hands but that would be dumb to do in any case.

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Love mine. Have the kerosene model which for me is a plus as I've been cooking on kero boat stoves for more than a 1/2 century. Have yet to find a sea state that the Sea Swing wasn't able to brew a pot of coffee or heat a meal. Obviously I'm not a gourmet cook but it was my only cooker for the TransPac.

They were designed to use Sterno cans for heat which weren't all that efficient being alcohol. Conversion to Kerosene was largely an after market modification as was propane/butane. The OP's stove is obviously malfunctioning. On a properly set up SeaSwing the flames are directed at the bottom of the pot and any heat transferred to the stove itself is reflected. They do get warm but not super hot as to be a fire or melt hazard if you accidentally brush against it. No, you're not going to want to hang onto the stove with both hands but that would be dumb to do in any case.
Ok, so there’s definitely something wrong with it. It had flames licking up the sides to the point I was concerned with my headliner- BEFORE the flames started coming out of the bottle connector. I’ll do some research and perhaps convert it or get a new (er) propane burner. It’s usefulness is apparent. It will “gimble” itself 360°.....so if I roll her somewhere in the southern ocean, lose my mast and hole the boat, at least my coffee will be intact 😎

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