I would like to comment on an earlier remark that propane
is a safer fuel
than alcohol. Not always the case--if you have a propane
leak it will sink into the bilge
and wait for a spark to blow up your vessel--unless you force-ventillate the bilges as part of your ventillation system. Alcohol fumes are lighter than air and will eventually get out of a portlight or hatch
or companionway--unless something ignites them first!
White spirit, or as is sometimes sold benzine, is a good fuel requiring little preheating. These days unleaded petrol is often usesd as an alternative fuel. Coleman used white spirit it a lot in their little pressure camp stoves and mantle lanterns--we all loved them and they are great in the open air. However, there is some chance that benzine can produce liver cancer--the fumes from it that is. Handle it with care and if you spill some wear a carbon filter mask (everyone should carry them aboard in case you have to go below and deal with a fuel leak) until you get all of the fumes and spilled material disposed of. I think white spirit is one of the LAST fuels I would want aboard, especially below decks. Kerosene is safer and diesel
safer still--however inconvenient any pre-heating with alcohol might be.
Propane and Butane are very convenient and can be deadly. They are only as safe as the equipment
and the installation plumbing
, hoses etc. Insurance
companies hate propane--it sets fire to more vessels than any other fuel except perhaps petrol (gasoline). Monitoring equipment
with LOUD alarms need to be in place and switched on at all times.
Now--back to cooking
. I use a propane stove, two burner, also have bought a pressure cooker because of this thread and so far delighted with it. I also have a stainless steel
griller which can be bolted to the rails or stood on its own legs--it uses charcoal or compressed anthracite fuel bricks. Not cheap
if one used it all the time--I would have to convert it to gas, but it is only ever used to feed the multitude when they come aboard--so only used infrequently.
I have a little twenty dollar butane cartridge portable stove with a grill
plate which is used now and again. It is small, but it allows cooking
above decks when it is stinking hot, as it often is, just to cook up some meat or a bit of fresh fish
for the evening nosh.
When the weather
permits use of the galley
stove--we do pretty much the same as everyone else.