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Old 01-22-2016, 05:22 PM   #1
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Princess electric range/oven replacement

I have a Prairie 36 Coastal Cruiser equipped with a Princess electric 3 burner range/oven and I'm not happy with it's performance. I'm thinking of replacing it with a two burner induction cook top and convection microwave. I think this will use less electricity and perform better as well as being much cheaper than replacing with propane. All I need to do is find a close fit for the space the current Princess occupies. I can finish it off I think to look good there. Have any of you tried this and/or what do you think of this idea?

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Old 01-22-2016, 06:05 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. t. We had a Princess 3 burner electric on our vessel when purchased. NEVER worked well. Changed over to gas and found on removal of the Princess that it was a 220v unit wired with 110v. Still prefer gas.
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We replaced our 3 burner Princess electric which had heating coils with the exact same size 3 burner Princess electric with the ceramic top. We love it. It heats FAST, heat is easily controlled, oven is great and the top is so easy to clean. Burnt on spills are removed with a razor blade in seconds (recommended by the mfg). Removal of the old and installation of the new was a 30 minute job. Even the mounting screws were in the same place as the old.
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Old 01-22-2016, 09:33 PM   #4
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Hmmm

I love our princess electric stove/oven.

Works great!

We use the oven for dinner when not bbq'ing and it works great as well
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:47 PM   #5
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I Love My Queen. My Queen loves our mostly original 1977 Tolly's orig Princess stove/oven. Therefore I love our Princess too. Hope that didn't come out wrong - LOL
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:24 AM   #6
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Kevin, did I miss that fact that you have a 36' Prairie? There's so few around, I usually jump on that!

I find that we use the microwave (countertop model) and cook top a lot more than the oven, so I can't argue with your logic. Still, we do use the oven once in a while, and I've found nothing about it not to like.

The Princess works great, it's simple and easily repaired. I have the manuals if you need them.

What's it not doing for you? Did you know that one of the burners is low-power only? If you put the element back wrong, it can be frustrating!

As for power use, electricity is more or less 100% efficient. If you use less electricity, you generally speaking get less heat. I've found the Princess strikes a good balance. I can boil water, or get a double-wide skillet hot, pretty quickly. But it doesn't consume all of my 30A circuit, allowing other things to run, too.

Still, if you go with a custom re-build, I'd love to see it! A flat cooktop would be nice.
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Kevin, did I miss that fact that you have a 36' Prairie? There's so few around, I usually jump on that!

I find that we use the microwave (countertop model) and cook top a lot more than the oven, so I can't argue with your logic. Still, we do use the oven once in a while, and I've found nothing about it not to like.

The Princess works great, it's simple and easily repaired. I have the manuals if you need them.

What's it not doing for you? Did you know that one of the burners is low-power only? If you put the element back wrong, it can be frustrating!

As for power use, electricity is more or less 100% efficient. If you use less electricity, you generally speaking get less heat. I've found the Princess strikes a good balance. I can boil water, or get a double-wide skillet hot, pretty quickly. But it doesn't consume all of my 30A circuit, allowing other things to run, too.

Still, if you go with a custom re-build, I'd love to see it! A flat cooktop would be nice.
What I bolded in paragraph above is a nice feature we enjoy too. Matter o' fact, for safety reasons - I make sure to keep our amp draw at 20 or below in a 30 amp system. This low amp procedure still allows the Princess as well as some other items to run at same time.

Note: If the Princess has foldable top over burners there is a pressure switch that can get stuck so that burners do not function. Top is meant to be fully open. See plan book to find yours. On 1977 model ours is on right hand rear corner area of the liftable lid. It's under the cook top with three burner elements.
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I liveaboard 90% of the year and have a electric princess range, I use it everyday and have never had a problem. If you can't trouble shoot it find a genuine electrician who can, I doubt you'll have a problem with it if it's working correctly.


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We removed ours and replaced with a Kenyon two burner smooth surface range with a fisher paykal drawer dishwasher below. For an oven, we have a sharp convection microwave above the refrigerator. We were replacing the counter anyway so didn't need to worry about the cut out in that regard.

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Thanks everyone for the replies. One burner on the range is not working. I traced it to a bad dial/switch. It also had a bad switch on the left hand side that controls power to either the range top or the oven which I fixed. My main gripe is that it doesn't seem that the burners or oven get very hot. Takes a long time to fry bacon or heat water etc. I may have to look and see if it is wired wrong such as 110v/220v. It is also possible I may have replaced the coils back in the wrong spots but don't know how to tell the difference. The dial that is bad is the leftmost one. Probably the only one that'll really get hot huh? lol.

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Old 01-23-2016, 08:43 PM   #11
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Interesting side note. I just replaced a gas princes for a customer that wanted an electric range. They were almost impossible to buy new, ended up with a gimbaled model and a conversion kit. Fisheres Supply finally came through with the range.
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My main gripe is that it doesn't seem that the burners or oven get very hot. Takes a long time to fry bacon or heat water etc. I may have to look and see if it is wired wrong such as 110v/220v. It is also possible I may have replaced the coils back in the wrong spots but don't know how to tell the difference.
I'm told the resistance value is stamped on the bottom of each element.

I didn't know that, but I figured out one front burner was only getting warm, and the other hot. When I saw in the manual about the back burner being warm-only, I realized what I'd done. I'd bet you did the same. You are most definitely not alone.

The switch you replaced basically powers EITHER the oven, OR the top left burner. You can't run both at the same time. In other words, if you messed with that switch, and now can't use the top left burner, I'd go back and look at the switch again. Here's the wiring diagram:

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Tallswede, I am in the process of replacing my Princess three burner stove/oven with an induction range and a convection microwave. You might want to Google Summit Induction Cooktops. They haves three burner cook top that is 20" wide. I think it a great solution that will provide more storage space below the counter. Also the microwave I am considering is combined vent hood unit that will be installed over the cooktop.
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We replaced our 3 burner Princess electric which had heating coils with the exact same size 3 burner Princess electric with the ceramic top. We love it. It heats FAST, heat is easily controlled, oven is great and the top is so easy to clean. Burnt on spills are removed with a razor blade in seconds (recommended by the mfg). Removal of the old and installation of the new was a 30 minute job. Even the mounting screws were in the same place as the old.
Hey Howard,

You post caught my attention. Where can I get a replacement like yours??
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"It is also possible I may have replaced the coils back in the wrong spots but don't know how to tell the difference."

If you purchased a heating coil at a dirt house store it could be 240V as most house units are.

The coil should be nice RED when on for 3-4 min.
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"It is also possible I may have replaced the coils back in the wrong spots but don't know how to tell the difference."

If you purchased a heating coil at a dirt house store it could be 240V as most house units are.

The coil should be nice RED when on for 3-4 min.
Look under the coil on the flat supporting brackets. The two front burners are 1100W and the back burner is 550W. Sorry the 240V will not work as they will not heat properly. If you need parts, contact Sure Marine in Seattle WA.
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Hey Howard,

You post caught my attention. Where can I get a replacement like yours??
It's made by Whale Seaward. Google Princess 3347. Great unit.
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Wow, thanks for all the great response! I did look at the burner coils and they are stamped and sure enough I had the low watt burner in the wrong place. My left burner switch is messed up. I checked with multimeter and no juice to the coil. I will double check but I'm pretty sure it's bad because it definitely doesn't feel right when you twist it. Again thanks for all the help. I will get an oven thermometer and test it to make sure it's doing what it is supposed to do. I may be able to postpone replacement after all. I do want to know how the induction top/convection microwave McGillicudy is working on as I think that would be a great upgrade.

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Wow, thanks for all the great response! I did look at the burner coils and they are stamped and sure enough I had the low watt burner in the wrong place. My left burner switch is messed up. I checked with multimeter and no juice to the coil. I will double check but I'm pretty sure it's bad because it definitely doesn't feel right when you twist it. Again thanks for all the help. I will get an oven thermometer and test it to make sure it's doing what it is supposed to do. I may be able to postpone replacement after all. I do want to know how the induction top/convection microwave McGillicudy is working on as I think that would be a great upgrade.

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On the left of the panel is a switch for burners/oven. Make sure it is in burners position.
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It's made by Whale Seaward. Google Princess 3347. Great unit.
Thanks. I guess they don't make these stoves anymore. The only used one I can find is at Sexton's in Portland OR, but it is 240V, not 110V......

The only feature I wish was different is the cook top be level with the top of the stove. Like the one we now have with the coils, you can't put a full size fry pan on one burner.
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