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Old 09-29-2015, 11:07 AM   #21
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I think the preferances of electric Vs propane are based more on what you use and prefer at home than anything else.

It also seems dependant on wether you have a quiet reliable generator.

We have an electric princess stove and oven on the boat and love it. Yes we have to run the generator but we have to run it anyway to recharge batteries. Heating time for the burners is about the same as at home, very fast. The oven takes probably 10 minutes to come up to temperature, but once there it's there.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:35 AM   #22
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I run my generators 24/7 if not plugged into shore power, so the concern about needing to fire up a generator to get a cup of coffee was never a concern, but since we still prefer a gas range, when my boat was built, I spec'd a gas range (but electric oven), despite recommendations from my boat's builder to the contrary. My propane lines are all copper and chafe protected, and there are safety sniffers, so I believe safety is not an issue. I have a two-bottle (8 gallons each, as I recall) system, and each bottle lasts quite a while. I have never been without propane nor have I been inconvenienced by the need to get a refill. My builder's advice to go electric was based in part upon resale value, so I addressed that by having the power line installed so it would be an easy matter for someone to switch.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:44 PM   #23
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:10 PM   #24
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We have propane at home, works well, but it would too much bother on the boat.

For many folks a 20# bottle will last about 3 - 4 months , mostly depends on the oven use.

A pair is normal so most folks go all season with no trip to the 7-11 for a swop bottle.

To cook with propane you flip a switch on , them light and cook as normal.

Done.
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:58 PM   #25
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Our ceramic top electric heats up very, VERY, fast. When we tried it the first time we were surprised at how fast it is. And no open flame onboard makes me feel good.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:30 PM   #26
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Thought about switching my electric stove for a propane one. To date I think I've used it once to cook a pizza. Everything else in the galley runs off the inverter. Just need to add a propane grill and propane dingy outboard.

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Old 09-30-2015, 07:32 AM   #27
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]"We have propane at home, works well, but it would too much bother on the boat."[/COLOR]

For many folks a 20# bottle will last about 3 - 4 months , mostly depends on the oven use.

A pair is normal so most folks go all season with no trip to the 7-11 for a swop bottle.

To cook with propane you flip a switch on , them light and cook as normal.

Done.

The "bother" I meant would mostly be about all the work required to switch over from the current (pun) electric stovetop to anything different.

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Old 09-30-2015, 08:47 AM   #28
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"The "bother" I meant would mostly be about all the work required to switch over from the current (pun) electric stovetop to anything different."

A Different bother could be the noise on board and in the anchorage, another the PM and repairs a noisemaker makes.

Finally there is finance , My guesstimate is the all up cost of operating a noisemaker is near $10 per hour.

Assuming it aboard on initial purchase there is still fuel parts and repair , normal PM and of course the replacement , purchase and install costs.

Compared to a $15 propane refill every 3 months , electric seems expensive, in dollars and lifestyle.

Unless of course you need conditioned air 24/7 , then cooking is almost free.
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All good points, but I've already got a genset installed so no work required there. Already have to run it 2x/day at anchor, so cost is already there. Already have to maintain/service genset, so effort is already included. IOW, all that genset stuff happens no matter what fuel our cooktop uses.


Replacing the cooktop -- which works perfectly well already -- takes additional effort. Got better things to do.


That could be different if the existing cooktop went south. But it hasn't. And even if it did, swapping with a new induction version would still be less work than engineering a propane (or other fuel) cooktop.


Different strokes of course...


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Old 09-30-2015, 01:08 PM   #30
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This is a good discussion. We have contemplated switching to propane, but the Admiral likes the old princess electric stove/oven.


We would like to upgrade to a glass top/oven combination.
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:55 PM   #31
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The galley on the Hatteras uses a really nice Whirlpool glass top that is very adjustable and also includes a feature that combines two burners into one for large pans, such as when making the gravy on Thanksgiving! And they heat up very quickly I think these features had a lot to do with here not missing gas cooking at all. Gratuitous picture:

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Old 09-30-2015, 03:03 PM   #32
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NICE,

The stove is properly mounted athwartships , so a hot pot goes off either side on a quick roll, not on the cook!!

But then it is a Hatteras.
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So does anyone make a 2-burner, glass top electric stove oven combo? I did a search and could find one.
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Cleaning a glass top is so easy!
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So does anyone make a 2-burner, glass top electric stove oven combo? I did a search and could find one.

I would miss the cutting board that folds down on the burners but the easy cleanup may make up for it.


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Old 10-01-2015, 07:27 AM   #36
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A glass top range would do well to have a set of fiddle rails or pot holders to keep pots and pans in place away from the dock..
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So does anyone make a 2-burner, glass top electric stove oven combo? I did a search and could find one.

Don't know. Our cooktop is a Princess glass top unit and our oven is a Sharp combo microwave/convection unit. Both cooktop and oven work very well. The unit separation allowed the microwave/oven to be mounted wherever (above the cooktop, in our case).

An induction cooktop could be an improvement, assuming compatible pots and pans (easily fixed).

An infrared addition to the microwave/convection unit could be an improvement, but don't know if such things exist.

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mmm so it would appear I would have to get a glass top and a spate oven.....
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Thanks everybody for the great replies. IF I get a boat with an electric range I will live with it for a while. I do like the glass-top ranges that you all are talking about. Easy to use and clean.

For the record, I have never had a problem getting LPG refills, even in Mexico. With twin bottles you never run out.

Thanks again and Cheers, Bill
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:16 PM   #40
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I believe FORCE 10 makes 120 volt cooktop oven combo's. However I think the cooktops are ceramic or coiled burners, not induction.
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