There is a standard width for most all gimballed marine
stoves. Believe it's 21" from gimbal axle end to gimbal axle end but it's been a long long time since I measured a stove. Perhaps someone can measure their stove to verify. 3 burner stoves with ovens are the same width just deeper than two burner.
There are some stoves that are not standard, believe the Luke stoves, which I think are history
, are one and the diesel
stoves popular in northern climes.
Pressure alcohol stoves are a PITA. They don't put out enough heat to boil a pot of water big enough to9 cook a lobster. You'll be able to grow a beard waiting for water for coffee to boil. Greatest problem is fire if you have a leak or a burner blows out and you don't notice it. Alcohol will soak the fiberglass insulation
in the oven
and or spread all over the stove and galley
area. If you don't notice it and relight the stove, you will have a nifty fire that is hard to put out. Water in a fine mist will work but dumping a bucket on the stove will repeat skipmac's experience. Any extinguisher will work but they leave an unholy mess. Because Alcohol burns at such a low temperature, you'll have plenty of time to figure out how to put the fire out before anything serious catches on fire.
If you don't want to go with propane
, kerosene works great. Lived with it for 4 years of liveaboard
and cruising. Puts out good heat. It has the hassles of alcohol with the burners needing to preheated with alcohol. It also gives off carbon that needs to be washed off the galley overhead with Simple Green in 5 minutes after a year of live aboard use. Only had one leak and that was an installation
issue when I first installed the stove. Kerosene doesn't ignite easily so you'd really have to work hard to start a fire. I like it so much that went with it on my new old boat as I rebuild