I've been a bit worried about these, as quite a high percentage of the boats I have been looking at with a view to purchase
, have them fitted (usually a two burner, but sometimes with an oven
My main concern has been the prospect of getting fuel
, as I imagined this would be impossibly expensive to run this side of the Pond (propane here isn't cheap
any more either, but as I have used it for 30+ years, it is very much a known quantity). This has been eased considerably though, after spotting this source of Methylated spirits:
Methylated Spirits | Meths Cooker Fuel | 4 x 5 litre Denatured Alcohol
So I suppose the important liveaboard
questions are, how much fuel
per week seems sensible to budget
for with a two burner stove (the oven
not being used that much anyway, should one be fitted, so would be unlikely to add up to terrible shocks), and how available and pricey do you find suitable fuel, in perhaps 'out of the way' places, as well as average ports
I must admit I would now be well prepared to live with one and see how it goes, once I get an idea of the suitable quantity of fuel to carry per expected week of usage, before being able to replenish supplies.
Thanks in anticipation.
eta: Ooooooh! I just found this review of the Origo
3000 on Amazon UK by Dawn Smith, which is a really good starter insight (esp as has prices per litre of fuel in France
"I lived on my last boat for a year, sailed 4000 miles offshore
and did all my cooking
on an Origo
3000 2 burner alcohol cooker, which performed very well. By using an Omnia stove top oven and a pressure cooker, I was able to bake bread, cakes and pizza and produce wonderful curries, stews and soups. I can recommend the Origo 3000 alcohol hob for anyone looking to have a cooking
solution on board their boat without the risks of carrying bottled gas. The fuel drums are easy to fill safely. I used to fill mine over the double sink and could do this easily when the boat was heeled 30 degrees and bashing to windward. The stove was fitted with gimballs and pan clamps, essential accessories on a sailing boat and was very easy to light and the wicks never blew out. In the UK we use purple meths in the burners, but in France
denatured pink alcohol is available in all supermarkets for one euro a litre in handy squeeze bottles. One bottle would last me a week cooking three meals
a day and several cups of espresso and tea. The stove is made of stainless steel
and is easy to wipe clean. Even baked on pasta sauce came off easily with a cream cleanser and a sponge. The pan supports are quick and easy to remove and fit inside my washing
up bowl. The pan clamps are also easy to fit and remove by tightening, slackening, one turn screw and slide to fit and can be tightened up so we never had a pan come loose even during storms. An excellent piece of kit that will last for years. I have just bought another one from Amazon ready for my new boat. The pricing, service
and prompt delivery
was first class and much cheaper than some of the online yacht chandlers. Well done Amazon."
Does this usage and pricing fit in with the experience of others?
I am now very reassured (propane is still cheaper, but not enough to worry about I think).