Cooking away in a boat galley, an Origo Alcohol stove roasts food with quiet efficiency. The compact cooker is fueled by non-pressurized, denaturized alcohol, so it’s clearly designed to safely burn that fluid fuel. Done with its duties, the sea-loving appliance is put into storage. Used and then stored, though, there are still safety guidelines to follow when carrying out these chores.
Safety Guidelines: Using an Origo Alcohol Stove
Denaturized alcohol evaporates quickly, but it can still linger when spilled. Follow the refill instructions. If there are trace amounts of the fluid around the stove canisters, a flare-up is possible. Granted, the non-pressurized fuel will limit a flash fire, but that’s not the point. Any open flame at all, whether it starts in a boat or RV, represents an unacceptable danger. Remove the canisters, don’t overfill them, and do clean up any spillages. In a nutshell, the canisters should be filled carefully away from all ignition sources, to the indicated level, and a dry cloth should be on-hand to wipe away spills. Beyond fuel safety, remember to operate the stove in a well-ventilated area, a place that’s not near any other combustible material.
Easing Storage Concerns
On the plus side of things, Origo Alcohol stoves are small. That compact frame operates well in small galleys. Better yet, though, the little oven is easy to store. First of all, and this might seem like an obvious measure, don’t store the stove while it still contains fuel. Next, don’t store the fuel near the stove, not even in the same cupboard. Give the stove its own cupboard space, a spot that’s dry and free of spillable fluids. Take that same approach with the denatured alcohol; put it in an approved container and make sure a rolling wave won’t cause a dangerous spill. Fasten the container down, in other words. Lastly, let’s pull out a stored Origo alcohol stove and run it through a maintenance routine before it’s returned to service.
There’s not much free-floating dirt around, which is why boating enthusiasts take to the water in the first place. However, the confined space in a small kitchen does acquire greasy surfaces. A stove is roasting a joint of meat, and those oils are collecting. Clean the stove. Don’t let those greasy build-ups accumulate on this fine piece of equipment. Paying attention to the burners, wipe away the grease and oil. To really ensure a sparkling clean appearance, clean the stove before it is put back into storage. Happily, there are no pressurized components and valves to maintain here, so general upkeep chores are few.