Seascout-Net Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Shipboard stoves
Re: Shipboard stoves
Sat Oct 10 01:54:40 1998
Good question. You didn't indicate intended use. Do you take long
trips and do lots of cooking? Electric is the way to go, except for the
nuclear reactor required to provide power!
We have a vessel with propane and two with alcohol galley stoves.
Alcohol is a pain to use but easy to extinguish, fumes are not explosive
and breathing the fumes is not fatal. Propane is just like cooking on a
gas range at home, EASY! Even with the propane tank in a separate
vented locker, manual turn off valve on tank, electric valve and turn on
adjustable valve at stove I still get concerned since the fumes are
heavier than air and teenage youth don't seem concerned enough to
remember to turn off the manual gas valve after cooking. There are
several propane gas alarms available for marine use, although they are
not inexpensive. Personally, I like the old High Pressure Natural Gas
(HPNG) with fumes lighter than air, although I don't think anyone still
makes HPNG stoves and finding fuel refills can be difficult. I once saw
a boat burn to the waterline, not a pretty sight.
I hate to see the industry going away from HPNG and to propane. With
enough safety items installed, I think we are going to see only propane
available in the future.
By the way, I am in the process of reviving a 28 year old alcohol galley
stove with oven. I can't find a manufacturer nameplate, so finding
parts may be a challange.
Keep us posted and good luck,
Bruce Chr. Johnson wrote:
> Fellow Sea Scouters:
> It's been pretty quiet the last few days and thought I might seek
> the collective wisdom of the list about galley stoves. Specifically,
> our Ship has been finishing work on a Columbia 8.3 sailboat (I know, I
> know, when do we EVER finish work on a boat?) and one of the questions
> we're struggling with is what to do about the stove. The boat currently
> has a 2-burner Princess pressurized alcohol stove and we're not
> convinced that this is necessarily the best equipment to have. Just so
> you know, the stove is installed in a well so that the burners are about
> 3-6 inches below the countertop.
> If this were your boat, what would you recommend?
> Bruce Johnson
> SSS Columbia Ranger
> Columbia, MD