The Voyage of the Swan
 
Our Origo non-pressurized alcohol stove.
One of the five gallon motorcycle fueling jugs. The filling hose is removable and the hole closed with a screw in plug.
Outfitting: Stove
I don’t like propane on a cruising boat for these reasons:
• It’s heavier than air. If it leaks, your boat can blow up.
• In remote ports, the tanks often need to be left with the supplier
  1. for days to be filled.
• Fittings vary all over the world.
On the other hand, they say propane is easy to use and burns hot.
However, the ease of use seems to be only on the front end.
Lugging 20 lb. propane tanks around in tropical heat looking
for a vendor isn’t my idea of easy.
I’ve always used kerosene (paraffin) stoves but after our last cruise
we switched to an Origo non-pressurized alcohol stove. Alcohol has
most of the advantages of kerosene, plus it burns cleaner. The
Origo has no piping, no external tank, no pumping, no priming, no
regulators, no solenoids, no switches and no wiring. If you do spill
small amounts of alcohol, it just evaporates.
Alcohol provides only about 60% the BTU’s per pound of propane, but
it can be stored in an ordinary jerry jug so it does not take up as
much space as propane per pound. We store 12.5 gallons of alcohol in our lazarette in the same space it takes to store eight gallons of propane.
We worried that the burners would not heat as quickly as propane or kerosene, but we’ve found that the Swedish designed burners heat faster than kerosene and at least as fast as propane. We are really happy with this stove. It is much safer than propane.
I found two tough five gallon motorcycle fueling containers to store the denatured alcohol in. Each has a pour hose in the cap. The containers exactly fit the cutouts in the lazarette for propane tanks. In addition, we store an extra 2.5 gallons in a jerry jug which stows nicely between the two five gallon containers. We also use this smaller container to decant from the motorcycle containers and then into the stove fuel canisters, so we don’t have to lug the big tanks out of the lazerette every time the stove needs fuel. Each burner on the stove has its own fuel canister which holds about 1.5 liters. They are very easy to fill. Once filled they will not spill even if turned upside down.
 
 
“Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together.”

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