OK, couldn't stop myself from responding!
We have lived aboard and cruised full-time now for almost 5 years. Have an Origo
two-burner stove. We have the greatest variety of meals
that I have ever had in my lifetime (girlfriend is a wonderful cook!). She even "bakes" cakes, meatloaf, etc. in a skillet on the stove. We have coffee every morning and it only takes minutes to heat water
for the 12 cup pot(we pour it manually through a filter from an old coffeemaker, much better than any coffeemaker I ever had, coffee is hotter!).
If anything it is hard to make the flame small enough to simmer without putting it out!! Anyone who tells you an Origo
stove won't heat things or takes too long is crazy or hasn't used one.
I won't have propane on my boat (bad experience with natural gas stove when a kid!). You can cook gormet meals
on an Origo stove.
We buy denatured alcohol from Ace Hardware
here in the States as it is the cleanest burning and relatively cheap
. A gallon lasts about a month, cooking
dinner every night and coffee in the morning, costs $15 a month.
By the way, the first thing every cruiser asks when they get here to Boot Key Harbor in the Keys is "Where can I get my propane tank filled?". Fortunately, there is one and only one filling station and it is only a block away. So they carry or use a cart to go get a heavy tank filled and haul it back. NOT even that convenient in many, many ports
we have been!!! And when you run out of propane you usually don't have a backup on most boats. We always have plenty of extra cans of alcohol on board as backup, never run out or run low.
As for the flame being invisible, that is NOT true! We look at it to see how high it is burning to adjust the flame!
There is a lot of "this is the only right way to do it" in the modern cruising world. Propane being "the only right way" for most cruisers today (25 years ago no sailor in his right mind would have had propane on his boat!)
Times change. Whatever is right for you is OK, if you want propane on your boat get it. Just not for me. VERY happy with our Origo. In fact, I am so concerned that they may not make them much longer due to the popularity of propane on boats that I am going to buy another one to put in storage
in case anything ever happens to ours as we plan to live on the boat until the undertaker hauls us both off it!!!! (which won't be from a propane explosion!)