SWALLOW’S new Origo alcohol galley stove is working well. I’m learning how to cook again as it has a much cooler flame than butane and propane.
My backpacking pans work just fine with the cooler alcohol flame. With propane and butane a diffuser is needed to keep from scorching and burning.
So far the only negative has been about two-to-three minutes longer, or about 2/3rd more time, to boil water for coffee and boil pasta. I’m not sure if the stove could get large pot water to boil and keep it boiling once the pasta was added.
Still not sure how long a gallon of alcohol fuel will last. I’m keeping track and thinking about 12-15 days. I’ll report on this later after having a better data set.
I ran the stove dry-ish and burned the fabric at the burner (top of the fuel canister). I noticed a plastic burning smell when I turned off the flame and, as the picture below shows, the canister fabric iwas blackened.
Stove still works and I’ve seen many pictures on the Internet showing burners in similar condition. I can just recommend that before cooking confirm there is adequate fuel present in the canister.
West Marine, or as some call it ‘Worst Marine’, published an article about picking a stove for your boat. Overall it is well written –
The BIG fault is the writer didn’t research some basic information … that Dometic has killed the Origo line and no longer markets an alcohol fuel stove! The West Marine www-site even says “no longer available” for all Origo stoves!! ‘Worst Marine’ recommending a product that you can’t get?!?!