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Old 03-29-2019, 07:41 AM   #1
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Which LPG three-burner range?

Buying a new one this weekend. Should I get the Dickinson Mediterranean or the Force 10?
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Buying a new one this weekend. Should I get the Dickinson Mediterranean or the Force 10?
Why did you decide on a 3 burner? We bought the 3-burner Force 10 and wished we had purchased the 4, not because we use all 4, but because you can fit two 10" pans on diagonal burners on the 4 burner. On the 3 burner, you can't even fit a 10" and an 8" without them getting in the way of each other.
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Not owned one, but there have been some complaints on the web about the Dickinson burners being too hot. On the Force 10 - which I do own - the two smaller burners are a bit small, actually.
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We have a Force 10 3-Burner. Fitting multiple larger pans can be an issue, but thereís only so much real estate to deal with so we just, well, deal with it. Regarding stovetop temps, they do get nice and hot. In fact simmering can be problematic (canít bring the temp down low enough), so we finally bought one of those diffusers which makes a big difference.

My wife hates the oven. It only gets up to 320 degrees. But we have a toaster oven that will broil, so weíre covered. Sheís wanted a new stove/oven since we moved aboard nearly 7 years ago, so Iíll be interested to follow this thread and see if there are any other recommendations.
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I have a Mediterranean 3 burner, the large burner is so hot it's almost unusable for anything but boiling water in large pots, even on it's lowest settings. Oven works great, the smaller burners are the only ones I use, quality is very nice. I have had it for two years now, never had any issues with it at all.
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Why did you decide on a 3 burner? We bought the 3-burner Force 10 and wished we had purchased the 4, not because we use all 4, but because you can fit two 10" pans on diagonal burners on the 4 burner. On the 3 burner, you can't even fit a 10" and an 8" without them getting in the way of each other.

I will check out the 4 burner. That might work too. Thanks for the heads up
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That's interesting. I'm rebuilding my galley and looking for a new stove. I was planning on the Dickinson because of the higher btu burners, thinking that was better. I might now have to reconsider.

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I have a Mediterranean 3 burner, the large burner is so hot it's almost unusable for anything but boiling water in large pots, even on it's lowest settings. Oven works great, the smaller burners are the only ones I use, quality is very nice. I have had it for two years now, never had any issues with it at all.
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That's interesting. I'm rebuilding my galley and looking for a new stove. I was planning on the Dickinson because of the higher btu burners, thinking that was better. I might now have to reconsider.

With too much heat, you can easily add a diffuser: https://www.amazon.com/Diffuser-Stov...43592114&psc=1



With too little heat, you are kinda out of out of luck.
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With too much heat, you can easily add a diffuser: https://www.amazon.com/Diffuser-Stov...43592114&psc=1



With too little heat, you are kinda out of out of luck.
Yeah, I found the Force 10 to have too little heat. I'll probably buy some new orifices to get a little more gas out of it. Like somebody said before, it takes a long time to cook anything in the oven.
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Too hot could be an out of adjustment pressure reduction .
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I have a force 10 that I adjusted to get a hot enough oven. I used a micro drill on the oven jet orifice. I just opened it a little bit, step by step, till I got to the right temp. Now gets to 400.
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I have the 3 burner Force 10/Eno stovetop.


Put it in 7 years ago and it has been great.



The large burner will boil a large pot of water for pasta, crabs, etc in a reasonable time and the small burner is almost too hot to simmer anything on, but fine for low heat on large pots/pans.


It is easy to clean....


Really no complaints...
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My Force 10 is a 120vt, 3 burner stove so everything takes LOTS of time to heat up to a usable temp.
The oven temp wanders 25F
Baking biscuits is a challenge without burning the bottom.... Cooking a turkey breast, check the internal temp frequently.
Steaks, either fry them or use the gas grill.
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[QUOTE=psneeld;752755]I have the 3 burner Force 10/Eno stovetop.


Put it in 7 years ago and it has been great.



The large burner will boil a large pot of water for pasta, crabs, etc in a reasonable time and the small burner is almost too hot to simmer anything on, but fine for low heat on large pots/pans.

Opposite problem for me, the large burner is too hot at it's lowest settings to simmer, or even to fry eggs in a pan. It's great if you need to get a large pot boiling quickly though. The small burners get all the use for daily cooking and boil a coffee pot quickly as well.
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I have the Force 10 four burner. Not very impressed.

The oven took forever to heat up when I bought the boat, so at the manufacturers suggestion I replaced the propane regulator. No difference. Sure Marine ended up drilling out the orifice and that improved things somewhat. A pizza stone helps keep heat more even but slows down the preheat process. The oven burner is only 5100 BTUs and the insulation isn't very good. The exterior gets hot enough to burn.

Three of the four burners are tiny—3400 BTUs. It takes forever to scramble a half-dozen eggs or boil a pot of water. One burner is 8200 BTUs. The cheapest gas range Home Depot sells has a 12,000 BTU burner (plus two at 9500 and one at 5000) and it's not uncommon to see 18,000 or 20,000 BTUs on higher end home ranges.

I'm on my third or fourth broiler element. They eventually disintegrate and start dropping white crunchy stuff on the food.

The push-to-ignite knobs broke years ago on most of the burners, but it continues to work for the oven (and it triggers all the igniters).

I'd try the Dickenson.
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I would say expectations are a big issue here


If you are quite the cook and used to nice equipment at home, then many boat stovetops and especially ovens may leave you dissatisfied.


I can't complain about the quality of the Force 10, but it's certainly not as big or capable as a home setup.
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I would say expectations are a big issue here

If you are quite the cook and used to nice equipment at home, then many boat stovetops and especially ovens may leave you dissatisfied.

I can't complain about the quality of the Force 10, but it's certainly not as big or capable as a home setup.
We had a 3 burner Force 10 for 10 years and now weíre going on 12 with a 4 burner Force 10. I do most of the cooking and Lena bakes. It would be ok to have a commercial or house size oven stove but we live on a boat.

I agree with Scott. Itís all what youíre use to and expectations. When we go to my sisters house, I do the cooking. She has a high end stove and oven (twice the size) I burn or over cook a lot including parts of my arms and hands. Iím not use to it. Similar when I change grills. I screw things up till ...

As far as the 3 vs the 4 burner stove goes, I prefer the 4 burner. That extra burner is great when Iím doing a sauce or just a complicated dinner. Westiculo mentioned the extra space for burner placement on the 4. Hereís a 8qt, 3qt, 4qt and 1 qt pan each with its own burner.
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I would say expectations are a big issue here


If you are quite the cook and used to nice equipment at home, then many boat stovetops and especially ovens may leave you dissatisfied.


I can't complain about the quality of the Force 10, but it's certainly not as big or capable as a home setup.
I just don't understand why boat stuff has to be worse than house stuff. Is there some technical issue that prevents the use of larger stove top burners? Even a second 8200 BTU burner would be a HUGE upgrade in my experience. The most basic Coleman camp stove has higher output burners than a Force 10!

The oven is more excusable since there's not much room to add insulation and a more powerful burner might make things even more likely to burn on the bottom.
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When it comes time to start are refit on our Monk 36 thing s fall we will need a new stove as its has a electric flush sh mount range and i’m not starting generator eveytime its in use .Haven’t heard much about alcohol stoves verses propane ? Need someone to tell me why not Alcohol . I know its a bit more effort but is it just as hot? I’m thinking not . I would like everyone’s opition on this one .
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Might want to take the alcohol debate to another thread as it usually is a hot and heavy debate by itself.
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