Re: Diesel or Propane for Cooking?
- We had a propane cooker with oven on our Jessie Cooper. It worked well but I have always
been nervous about things that can explode so when we built Loose Moose 2 we opted for
a kerosene cooker ( a Taylor) and it was an ongoing nightmare...We tried everything Multi
fuel burner, preheating with alchol and blow torches and no matter what we did the
Kerosene/diesel burners would clog up in a couple of days. In hindsight the single biggest
bit of work on the boat we did was rebuilding the burners again, again and again!
Of course I got pretty good at it but life is just too short for a kerosene stove unless you
are into serious masochism.
The other negative for diesel/kerosene as a stove fuel is that everything on the boat will
smell like fuel and while you won't notice it afeter awhile everyone else will ( in the same
way that heavy smokers don't relize how badly they reek of cigerettes)
The last negative for the kerosene is the cost these days is simply evil and if you factor in
the buying burners ( you will) and rebuild kits ( you will) the cost of propane is very cheap.
Propane is so much cheaper in fact that it allows you to spend a bit of money on a remote
solenoid and gas sniffer that makes most of the dangers associated with propane go away.
- Overall the outboard is probably safer, it's not likely to get used
down below, at least I hope not :)
> I've had propane cookers on 3 boats now and never had any realissues. On two of them I had a valve with the stem near the cooker.
(valve outside with stem thru to inside) The practice was that when
finished with the stove, turn the valve off and let the burner(s) die
a natural death. It was a bit inconvenient and caused some
complaining from my galley wench until I showed her a Columbia twenty
something that had a propane explosion - not a whisper from her since
>but then I had a bilge sniffer. The practice remained as above.
> On the last boat, I finally trusted an electrical switch valve -
> My greatest fear was the gasoline outboard on the last one.
> From: Bill Hamm <griff10us@...>
> Date: 2008/02/28 Thu PM 01:31:14 CST
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [bolger] Re: Diesel or Propane for Cooking?
> Propane can be safely used, well relatively safely. Requires a
> though on the tank itself outside the hull, most are done remotelysource
> and a manual valve at the stove itself. Hoses can and do leak, you
> want to insure that any fittings that could leak don't have a
> of pressurized propane behind them. Gas sniffers and CO2 sniffersand
> are good insurance.
> Many years back I used a camp stove on a very small cruiser (16')
> stored the cylinders in the locker with the gas tank that ventedconnexion
> overboard, also had the stove in the cockpit only, never down below
> (not alot of down below in a 16' boat to start with <g>).
> Bill H.
> > I don't think I've seen a better setup for propane than in george
> > Buehler's "Backyard Boatbuilding".
> > Tanks are stored externally in a well with no drainage into the
> > Galley has a manual connexion to tank valve. Open manual
> > gas starts to flow.
> > Light stove. Cook.
> > When finished, turn off gas flow using manual connexion.
> > Flame gradually dies on stove.
> > Almost idiot proof.
> > Idiots please point out failings ;-)
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bruce Hallman" <bruce@> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 6:29 AM, adventures_in_astrophotography
> > > <jon@> wrote:
> > >
> > > > We have experience with propane, but not on boats. Propane
> > > > instant heat that's easy to regulate. It's available just
> > > > everywhere. We could use a cheap and effective camping stovewith
> > >
> > > I use a 'plain old' propane camp stove on my Micro Navigator
> > > almost with daily use, and I am perfectly happy with thestove
> > > As to the safety issue, I simply unscrew the bottle from the
> > > after every use. (A few times I did not, I found that itleaked,
> > > the bottle was empty the next day.) Occasionally, I have fired
> > > stove up to give a quick blast of heat. If the condensation
> > > high, I open the window.
> > >
> > > Simple, compact, cheap and effective.
> > >