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Old 23-02-2012, 06:11   #31
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Re: Propane vs. Alcohol Stove - Fuel / Cooking / Cost Efficiency ?

we have had both and i really really dont like alcohol anymore.its expensive,hard to find in the lower carribbean,fickle and not that hot.propane on the other hand is easy to find, one 20lb tank lasts us months, and thats with alot of cooking.as for the whole explosion thing.complete nonsence.we use a coleman stove that we got from gander mountian, and the lines are 8 ft black rubber lines from gander as well.the tank is in the saillocker under the cockpit.we simply turn off the tank at the end of cooking and let the lines cook out of propane.i check the lines twice a season and after 4000miles we have zero chafing.stay away from alcohol.and dont listen to people telling you not to use propane.if your gunna be serious about cruising and actually sail to places get propane for the convenience.most people do down here.
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Old 23-02-2012, 08:15   #33
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Re: Propane vs. Alcohol Stove - Fuel / Cooking / Cost Efficiency ?

I like CNG (compressed natural gas). Cooks like propane, but is lighter than air so it doesn't settle in the bottom of the boat. A tank lasts a long time and a spare gives you a great range - but there are far fewer places to get it. I get mine from the Hinckley yard, which is nearby. Some bus companies run on it, and can fill tanks. It's a problem if you don't know where cruising will take you, and can't plan ahead. I think it came standard on my Cape Dory.
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We used an Origo 2 burner and cook twice a day with pans and a pressure cooker we also have about 6 coffee's and 5 teas a day coffee made in a cafetere. We use 2 lts of Alcool Bruler in 10 days. We also have a cobb grill which we use charcoal bricquets in. It takes 7 bricquets to cook for 3 hrs at a cost of 7 pence. We often use the cobb grill in the cockpit as only the top gets hot and we have never had a problem even at sea
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i have just replaced my gas stove with a kerosine one which i prime with meths i feel a lot better with kero on board only drama i can think of is up the islands ie fiji you sometimes have to get the meths from a chemist shop and you have to sign for it the locals like a tipple
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Definitely propane, alcohol does not get hot enough and hard to store.
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Re: Propane vs. Alcohol Stove - Fuel / Cooking / Cost Efficiency ?

abalone cooked on an alcohol stove is shoeleather as there is no way that flame is hot enough to cook anything correctly.
alcohol is not available everywhere. nor is kerosene.
propane is available everywhere.
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We used an Origo 2 burner and cook twice a day with pans and a pressure cooker we also have about 6 coffee's and 5 teas a day coffee made in a cafetere. We use 2 lts of Alcool Bruler in 10 days. We also have a cobb grill which we use charcoal bricquets in. It takes 7 bricquets to cook for 3 hrs at a cost of 7 pence. We often use the cobb grill in the cockpit as only the top gets hot and we have never had a problem even at sea
I use exactly the same: Origo 2burner alcohol stove, pressure cooker and a cobb grill. This combination is very cost efficient and easy when you get used to it. I especially recommend the pressure cooker which cuts cooking time down to about 30% and preserves taste and vitamins.
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Our previous boat had an old pressure alcohol stove and oven. It worked just fine to cook on. It's true the heat output is less, so water takes a bit longer to boil, but we're talking about adding a few minutes. Never a big deal. Can't say I ever noticed it taking longer to cook anything else.

The biggest problem with alcohol wasn't the priming, or the heat output per-sey, it was the challenge of carrying sufficient volume. We went through about a gallon per week, cooking all meals for two. We usually go out for 5-6 weeks at a time, so we had to carry a 5-6 gallons of liquid fuel. Was ok, but more would have been a challenge.

Propane, or even kero, is certainly a lot more efficient from a storage/carrying perspective.
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