Focusing entirely on safety matters, for this issue can never be emphasized enough at sea, the Origo Dometic Alcohol Stove series is being appraised today for its reliable features. Compact and highly functional, the galley stoves are safe to use at sea, according to many happy (and hungry) mariners. Why, though, why are they safer than other combustible marine stoves? Let’s talk about pressurized fuels.
Avoiding Galley Dangers
Seagoing types enjoy telling tales of their voyages, but they never want to have reason to talk about a cooking horror story. And that’s exactly what has happened in the past when unwary sailors have opted for pressurized stoves. The anchor has been dropped, the mariner has put on a chef’s apron, and the stove flares to life. Only, because of that pressurized build, too much alcohol escapes the cooker’s nozzles. There’s a scary flareup, just for a moment, then the flame diminishes as the stove operator gets matters under control. Origo Dometic Alcohol Stoves are safe to use at sea because they’re non-pressurized appliances. If the controls should be opened too widely, a flare-up is unlikely.
Avoid Non-Origo Models
To compensate for that potentially hazardous feature, other fuel sources, including propane and compressed natural gas (CNG), do cook food faster than many of their non-pressurized rivals. However, these fast-burning fluids are highly combustible. If a canister spills, then a raging fire could break out while the ship is far out to sea. Alternatively, even the rolling waters can introduce danger because the galley will no longer be on an even keel. The stove rolls at an angle, the fuel spills, and a fire hazard develops quickly, too quickly. Alcohol Stoves use this less combustible, non-pressurized fuel as a safe means of enjoying an offshore cookout. With no poisonous emissions, no invisible gases, and no flare-ups to worry about, the stove stays safe. However, they do typically take a little longer to cook a meal. Select an Origo, and avoid such time-consuming issues.
RVs and motorhomes should use an Origo Dometic stove on a level piece of ground. And that same piece of advice applies to yachts and small boats. However, if a rolling wave does catch a seaman/chef unawares, a bucket of water will quickly extinguish a minor spill. There are no choking emissions to worry about here, no soot or other nozzle clogging debris. Still, denatured alcohol does burn with a nearly invisible flame, and it can be hard to detect spills, as caused by a poorly conducted fill. Do clean up the spillage, and remember to keep the chef’s hands away from those hot flames.