Oct 18, 2001

I have considered the purchase of a Seaward propane oven to replace my current oven which is a Seaward Hillerange 3-burner model with the hopes that the dimensions will be similar enough to avoid having to do a lot of fabrication. Is anybody familiar with the quality of the contemporary propane models?

Oct 18, 2001

I bought a Tasco 3 burner propane stove with oven last year. Tasco bought the Kenyon line.

It fit right into the old alcohol Galley Maid spot. The mounting pivots are just an inch or so narrower than the old stove, so I had to put wood spacers on the mounts, but that was it.

Oct 18, 2001

Tasco stoves get may vote of approval as well. Try Taunton marine stove for the Tasco line..

http://www.tauntonstove.com/products/replacementparts.shtml they are that actual manufacturer of the original Tasco stoves. They stock every part as well. Jack points out the same observation as I encountered when replacing my Shipmate kerosene some years back. The gimbal mounts are just installed onto two mahogany blocks the provide the width adjustment.

Oct 18, 2001

Why are you removing the Hiller range? Have you not had good service

Oct 18, 2001

The Hillerange is the original alcohol stove. I discovered a leak at the valve of the oven burner. I thought about getting a propane version instead fixing the existing one.

Oct 18, 2001

Thanks, see we have a hiller range (propane) and have been happy with it, so that's why I wondered why you were getting rid of it. Now that I know its alcohol I understand.

January 1, 2002

Yesterday I removed the three burner Seaward alcohol stove and replace it with a Force 10 two burner stove. I was pleasantly surprised that it fit right in with no modifications, with the exception of my needing to put two blocks on either side for the slide pins that give you the option of holding the stove stationary. If anyone else is interested in Force 10 stoves, I can give the dimensions.

Jan 6, 2002

That's great the new unit fit so well, seems Allied must have been getting ready for it. Have you determined how you will set up the propane tanks yet?

1332 Jan 10, 2002

Just got back from 11 days on "Flicka" in Costa Rica, his Force 10 three-burner was the best I have ever used.... Sea Quill gets a Force 10 this spring.

Paul

1333 Jan 10, 2002

Glad to hear from you. I had considered the three burner model, but a friend talked me into the the two-burner model. Tell me, were you able to use all three burners at once ?

James

1334 Jan 11, 2002

Often I was cooking with all three burners. We ate very well and were never cramped for cook space.

1335 Jan 11, 2002

I upgraded my 3 burner/full size oven to a lighter 2 burners with a simple grill below, which leaves ample storage room below. I bake bread so rarely that it can be done in a pressure cooker or other heavy closed casserole, and the grill has made some good fish.

I have not missed the 3rd burner, but copies this to my best cooks, one of whom also cooks for charter, so we may get expert advice on optimized configuration for our small size, and small crew (say 4 max unless kids).

1336 Jan 11, 2002

Does anyone have any experience with Origio Alchohol stoves? When I had my SW surveyed, the surveyor recommended replacing the existing unit with an Origio (excuse me if Iím spelling it wrong). I donít have a propane installation on my boat and wonder if this is an alternative to explore.

Tom

1337 Jan 11, 2002

There is ample recent discussion of alcohol vs. kerosene vs. CNG vs. Propane on the website, although I have not checked the data listing. Many of us converted to propane when going offshore, none of us has regretted it. There are several ways to store safely the bottle(s), including two premanet positions above deck, one open on the side, the other as a Trident mini-locker box and low aspect 10lb bottle, which is mine. My only change will be to go to aluminum bottles as my steel bottles become overage.

Kind regards, Bert dF

1338 Jan 11, 2002

Tom I have used the Origio - but not on the Seawind. The objection I had was that the BTUís were sooooo low that it took a long time to boil water and cook pasta and such. It is a nice clean safe fuel and I have no complaints with how the stove works but its two drawbacks are low heat AND a very expensive fuel frequently not available outside US and Canada. The original Seawinds came with a pressure alcohol stove, I forget the manufacturer, we replaced with kerosene/diesel when we moved aboard and went cruising. Our thinking was that if push came to shove, we could always use the stove fuel in the engine if we ran out. We carried a three gallon jug of kerosene - there were two of us, we RARELY eat out, baked bread and cooked two meals a day, and as I recall we refilled about every other month.

In fact I know we were in the Caribbean from March - July with no refills, we left Florida with the two gallon pressure tank full and three gallons in a gerry can and made it back to Massachusetts in Sept without refilling, but with not a lot of surplus, as I recall we were down to the last gallon. With just summer cruising, we use less than two gallons a year. Pretty cheap even considering we now usually buy the expensive stuff that is in marine stores and not what you get a filling stations.

Silver Spray