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Old 06-01-2022, 14:31   #1
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2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

We need to replace the Force 10 3 burner range that came in our Cascade 42 sailboat. The galley is a U shape with the range on the long leg of the U, so I like the Force 10 oven door configuration that it slides into the range.
We are currently day sailing / overnight 1-3 nights.

What are the pros /cons for 2 vs 3 burners?
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We need to replace the Force 10 3 burner range that came in our Cascade 42 sailboat. The galley is a U shape with the range on the long leg of the U, so I like the Force 10 oven door configuration that it slides into the range.

We are currently day sailing / overnight 1-3 nights.



What are the pros /cons for 2 vs 3 burners?

thanks
We have a 3 burner... never use 3 burners at a time.
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Re: 2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

We have a 3 burner...use three burners all the time.
Even if we don't use them all the time, having three burners, in different sizes, is handy for different sized pots and pans.
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I find most 3 Burner stoves donít have proper space for three pans/ pots.
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Re: 2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

You want a range that will fit the space properly, 2 burner may be too small.


For most styles of cooking, it's really rare to use more than two burners at once, and it can usually be avoided with some planning or by using the oven. For example, I use three burners if serving rice, fish, and a vegetable -- but the rice can be cooked and put in the oven to keep warm before the fish goes in the pan.


The main problem area is sauces that have to be cooked separately, so if you're fixing gravy or white sauce or Hollandaise along with everything else, you may run out of burners.


If you have enough electricity to run it, an electric skillet or an induction hotplate will take the pressure off the rangetop.
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I find most 3 Burner stoves donít have proper space for three pans/ pots.

That's been my experience. Why not compare it with how YOU like/need to cook? If the three pots fit, you must commit.



Disclaimer: When I moved to Canada, I decommissioned my two burner CNG stove 'cuz CNG is persona non grata here for boaters. I replaced with a single burner butane stove. Since 2016, I still cook!
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Stu makes my point. How YOU like/need to cook is not something that online posts are going to determine.
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Size of oven is often larger on 3-burner. Otherwise, I agree. Third burner is marginal benefit.

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Re: 2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

Cooking style is simple, I rarely use 3 burners at home. I am looking more input about the designs and usefulness of one over the other. My suspension is that the 2 burner with the smaller oven will work for us, just looking for something I hadn't thought of from the group.
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With two burners the gimbal will work pretty good. With 3 burners it doesnít unless you use them all to balance the load.
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I find most 3 Burner stoves donít have proper space for three pans/ pots.
True and a lot of 2 Burner stoves don't have proper space for 2 pans.

Honestly, I would look at the pots & pans you usually use together and figure out if they would fit on a proposed unit...let the real use guide your choice.
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Re: 2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

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What valhalla wrote. +2

In our case posts 3 and 4 are also correct. And it does depend on what you like to cook.

To some extent, you can buy taller, less wide pots, So that you could boil water for tea, cook the rice, and use burner 3 for the wok. We have a large wok--sitr fry for 6 size. And that is why we got the 3 burner. However, it will only coexist with the 1.5 qt, the2 qt, and 2.5 qt pans. Not with either of the pressure cookers. The larger pressure cooker will fit only with the smallest 6" skillet or the 1.5 qt pot. We have had 2 burner stoves that we worked "it" out on. Rice can wait for the stir fry. We had a 4 burner, also, and it could only accept 4 medium pots. So, if a skillet were involved, at best it was a 3 burner. Definitely recommend against a 4 burner. Incidentally, one can buy tiered steamers, if you like steamed vegs, and that saves burner space and may add variety.

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Re: 2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

My experience:

3-burner came with boat. Never used the 3d burner and hated the cleanup. But, as mentioned, the oven size generally correlates with number of burners.

I solved all problems with the purchase of a GN Espace Levante. Big oven for a 2-burner unit (only slightly smaller than the prior); weights less; far, far easier to clean; rails come off to fit big pans simultaneously. A much better stove overall. The caveat being the sticker price.
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Re: 2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

I'd rather have two burners widely spaced enough to fit a big skillet on one while a medium pot sits on the other. Right now my skillet gets heated on one side while precluding a pot on the other. Two medium pots maxes out the space. With my style of cooking (pressure cooker or big wok), I'd almost rather have just one burner with concentric rings in the center of the range so my one pot/pan had elbow room, than the two tiny ones I have now. I doubt anyone makes a range like that, though....
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Re: 2 OR 3 BURNER RANGE?

Iíd agree a two burner stove that could take decent pots would be great. Canít work for me as I have a fixed width available.
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