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Old 18-10-2019, 17:00   #1
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Im upgrading my propane stove/oven and have a choice between two or three burner. would like input from cooks as to what they prefer.
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Re: marine stove

IMO, if you have the room, then three burners are better - not because you need three burners going all at once but because it gives you a safe space to place a hot pot or pan over a cold burner if you need to. In effect, a purpose built spot to put a hot object on.
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Tartan 41! What a nice boat!

I agree. Extra burner if there is room. We have four. The range top is nice but the oven is sub-par. If an oven matters, do a little research.
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Re: marine stove

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Im upgrading my propane stove/oven and have a choice between two or three burner. would like input from cooks as to what they prefer.
Not quite sure how to answer this, since Iíve never used a 3-burner stove, but:

We cook 3 meals a day aboard Rocinante with a 2-burner stove and Iíve never felt the need for a 3rd. That said, our stove has 1 large & 1 small burner. The large works beautifully with our largest pot for pasta and our large cast iron pan for searing. The small is great for sauces, rice, etc.

Assuming that the size of the 2-burner & 3-burner stove is identical or close to the same, I would be amazed if one would be able to use all 3 burners at the same time... just a thought.

While I donít disagree with Wotnameís point, I always have a trivet or two on the counter to receive said hot pan(s).

Hope this helps in some way.
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Old 18-10-2019, 18:41   #5
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If you are starting from scratch and you have the space, consider a two burner stove plus an opening for an instant pot.
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Iíd say it depends on your cooking style. For me, a two-burner stove/oven does everything I need, but Iím no gourmet, and Iím usually only cooking for two.

Come to think of if though, even on land, when I have access to large five-burner stoves, I rarely use more that two burners at a time. Even large meals like Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixinís doesnít require more that two burners at a time.

As you can guess, my current boat stove is a two-burner. But I had a three-burner stove for many years on our previous boat. I donít ever recall having all three going at one time.

Nope Ö two is just fine.
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Mikeís right. Think of how many times youíve needed three burners at one time. Iíve got a three burner Force 10 and Iíd trade it in a heartbeat for a two burner range with an oven that worked well.
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I have a 3 burner Force 10, but like everybody else only use one or two at a time. Three pots would not fit. Like someone else said, I do use the third burner space to store a -- usually unused -- pot.
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Re: marine stove

I've had a 3 and a 2. Not enough room on a 3 for 3 normal size pots.
Waste of money,
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Re: marine stove

G'day Five Star! We also have a Tartan 412 - which the guys at the factory in Ohio once told us are the rarest of the Tartans ever built.

We replaced our old CNG stove about 10 years ago with a 3-burner; I use all three burners and sometimes wish I had a fourth one. But as others have mentioned, your need for this many burners is purely a personal preference. If you don't cook elaborate meals, you probably will be happy with the minimum.

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P. S. There's a long saga about the Force 10 stove/oven we installed. You can find that story here: http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ml#post2328109
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Edward.
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Re: marine stove

Like they said if you have the room get the 3 burner.
You would appreciate it underway..not only for cooking but to have an extra ginbaled area to place a pot or a plate or a kettle..etc.
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Re: marine stove

I have a three burner and have never used all three at once. In fact one of the small burners in back has a problem with the knob where I need to pull it out on the valve spindle a bit to get it to stay lit. I've never bothered to fix it.

Everyone with a two burner who's cooked on my boat complains bitterly about how cramped the burners are, that it's too small to cook with two larger pots together. I agree. It's a pain in the neck and in fact required you to cook stuff sequentially if you need two large pots for the meal.

As for having more gimballed surface on a three burner that's true but you should look at your overall "use case" to decide what is best for you.

BTW if you're buying a Force 10 with the oven, get the version without the door window which is absolutely useless.
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