Originally Posted by w32honu
I have been reading these posts as well as other threads with interest.....
It seems that the cost of various fuels comes up quite a bit. I dont think that should even be a factor. Its really a safety/preference question.
has been mentioned a lot with reference to its high cost. And it is more expensive. But in the big scope
it seems to me irrelevant. Average consumption
is about 1 gallon per month cooking
full time. Thats an average cost of say $15 per month or 50 cents a day. We all have to cook and eat. So if we pay $9 per month or $15 per month its not a big deal. If we are cutting it that close on the costs to the cruising kitty, then we are walking a fine line indeed.
So for me it boils down to....
: High BTU, convenient, easy to use, "potentially" VERY dangerous.
Alcohol (Origo): Hot enough, convenient, easy to use, NOT so dangerous.
As I said, I had a couple of "flares" with a pressurized alcohol stove...never again. I would consider, were I in a small boat, alone or with a coupe cooking
only lightly or occasionally, an Origo
unit. They seem the best and safest way to use alcohol for cooking. Alcohol is still a low BTU fuel
would seem the most logical for a proper gimballed stove, but I only ever see it on pretty hard-core "distance" cruisers, presumably because refilling propane
is problematic outside of North America due to the absence of supply and differences in valves and related plumbing
I'll stick with my campstove on a plank for now on my Lake Ontario-only boat. I never finished converting my old Homestrand to propane, although it is simply a matter of going to a barbeque repair parts
store. I just don't want propane inside with the Atomic 4 gas inboard, even with a sensor.