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Old 14-02-2011, 18:16   #1
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How Often Do You Use Your Propane Oven ?

dont care what brand stove/oven you have, just wondering if the oven is really useful?

i coughed up the cheddar cheese for a nice gimbaled 3 burner stove/oven combo
(havent moved aboard the boat yet so havent used it)

but come to think of it the only thing i really cook in the oven shoreside is yam fries, so do i really need it? hmmm

thinking about selling it for a simple two burner gimbaled propane stove

thoughts?
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Old 14-02-2011, 18:19   #2
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I like baked chicken, pizza, cookies, potatoes, bread. Some of these you can substitute a dutch oven or pressure cooker for, but it's just not the same.
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Old 14-02-2011, 18:24   #3
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Can't comment on that, but I know what you mean. The only time I've used my oven at home is for heat when the furnace broke down.

Here's something to think about: you can get a gimballed stovetop, with a microwave holder in the bottom. I also understand anything that can be cooked in an oven can be cooked in a pressure cooker too.

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In the past I've used the oven for bread, pizza and baked treats. But here in the tropics the heat from the oven is unbearable. I've learned how to make flatbreads and pizzas perfectly fine on the stovetop. Can do without fancy baked treats. I'd skip the oven if fitting out a boat again. The girlfriend liked her toast broiled in the oven ... but she's gone.
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Old 14-02-2011, 18:35   #5
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oven is great for storing things in when not in use, otherwise we regularly,use the oven for baking bread, bannana/museli bread, lasagna, baked fish, freshening up baguette, garlic bread, also make pizza.

not only have the propane oven, but we also have a small rotiserie type electric oven for use when running genset to charge batteries.

find a small microwave is very useful as well
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No one can answer that question for you. It all depends on how you cook.

I use my oven all the time. I think I bake and grill more on board than I do on land, in fact. But your own usage may be very different.

+1 on the above comment about microwave ovens. One of the most useful things you can have on board.
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Not often, unless you count using it for cabin heat!
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Old 14-02-2011, 18:44   #8
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pressuredrop,

If you have a woman, then yes keep the oven.
Mine cooks with it all the time.

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yea, dont mind fresh baked goods every now and again but i am never the one making them...

havent used a microwave in 5 years, dont plan to ever again... usually just heat stuff on the stove so that answers that question
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pressuredrop,

I am with ya. I do not know how to cook either, But some very tasty stuff comes out of the saloon when she is cooking, so I do not want to mess with a good thing.

I have to get permission from the fire department to cook anything myself.
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Its a good place to put your electronics during a lightning storm a high end faraday cage as it were.
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I used the oven maybe once or twice in more than 20 years. I like to cook, but baking or roasting on a boat just doesn't have much appeal to me. Also, it uses a lot of propane.
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I 16 years I think I've used my oven three times. I probably could live without it. My pressure cooker is something I would not live without though.
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A boat without an oven has no soul. It's Thanksgiving without the turkey, birthdays without the cake--a life devoid of lasagna, enchiladas, baked potatoes and fresh bread.

What will you do when you pick blackberries and can't bake a pie?

Unthinkable.
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In 8 years of marriage, my wife has used it frequently. But then we usually only have 7-8 days above 80f. We have also found it is the perfect place to keep our cooking pans/skillets. When I was solo, never used it...oh yeah, those boats didn't have them...can't miss what you don't have.
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