Home > Boat Interior > Choosing The Right Cooker For Your Boat

Choosing The Right Cooker For Your Boat

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 27 Oct 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Choosing Cooker For Boat Boat Cookers

There are many different types of cooker you can have on a boat and your choice will probably be determined by the size of your boat, the type of cruising or sailing you do and, perhaps by the type of fuel you use on your boat in general.

Gas Cookers

Gas cookers are often the preferred choice if you already use LPG gas for the likes of your water or heating, although you can still choose another type of cooker even if you use LPG for other purposes. The range of gas cookers is quite broad. Some are just a simple hob whilst others can have between 2 and 4 burners.

You can get them with or without a grill or oven, although by having a grill and oven, it gives you a wider range of foods and preparation styles to choose from. They vary greatly in size too so your choice is going to have a lot to do with the size of your galley.

Electric Cookers

Electric cookers with combination ovens have become more popular for those who prefer to stay moored in one place for lengthy periods of time as they’d be able to hook up to the local electricity supply provided but they’re obviously not as practical if you intend cruising around a lot.

Spirit cookers

These tend to be safer than gas but are better suited to people who use their boat occasionally for recreational purposes as opposed to living on them permanently but they can be more difficult to light and then there’s the smell they give off which means that you need to keep windows open for ventilation purposes which might not be ideal in colder weather.

Diesel Cookers

These can be very practical as they use the same fuel as the boat but they tend to be rather expensive. They’re very sturdy and can withstand sailing within harsh environments such as the open seas and oceans but they are also quite large so they’re not very practical if you have a relatively small boat. Some people also opt for paraffin fuelled cookers as another alternative.

Safety & Practicalities

Boats tend to rock and heal by their very nature and so will your cooker unless it’s secured. And, if you’ve got hot pans on it when it rocks, they can easily fall off the cooker and be quite dangerous. Therefore, if you’re cooking especially out on the open seas, your cooker should be mounted in gimbals so it will remain steady when the boat rocks or tilts. A fiddle rail and pan clamps are also a necessity to keep your pans on the cooker safe and secure.

With a gas cooker, you also need to buy one which has flame failure device fitted so that if a gust of wind should blow out the flame, the gas valves automatically shut down to prevent the gas from escaping into the boat which is vital as LPG gas is highly explosive.

Generally speaking, a good caravanning and camping store is usually the best place to check out potential cookers for your boat. By telling the staff the type of boat you have and how and where you intend using it, they’ll be able to offer you a choice from the most suitable cookers for your needs.

Of course, a store specialising in marine equipment will be able to do this for you too, but you generally find that specialist marine equipment stores tend to be pricier than a caravanning store on a like for like basis.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • tom and jody goldman
    Re: Renting a Houseboat
    Mature US couple looking to rent a boat in the London area for one month. Flexible time frame (August 15-Sept 15). We are boat people in the…
    20 April 2019
  • Jim
    Re: Renting a Houseboat
    Looking to rent houseboat in Birmingham from 1st June 19 for 6 months
    19 April 2019
  • Matt80
    Re: Renting a Houseboat
    Hi I’m looking for narrow boat rental in and close as possible to the Leeds area. Small budget due to minimum wage and part-time student…
    14 April 2019
  • sevey
    Re: Do I Need a Licence To Live on a Boat?
    Hello We have a mooring off the canal, on a private 'millstream' in the uk. We have not used the canal since august…
    13 April 2019
  • Corinne
    Re: Renting a Houseboat
    Hi there, I am a professional middle aged female,working in London looking to rent a boat to live on. I have my power boat level 2 license,…
    11 April 2019
  • Angel
    Re: Do I Need a Licence To Live on a Boat?
    Hi there. We have a homeless person now living on a boat on the Medway river. It is only a small boat, the engine…
    1 April 2019
  • Tom
    Re: What is Your Address If You Live on a Boat?
    I live on my barge and have no income coming in can I get help
    29 March 2019
  • Kate
    Re: What is Your Address If You Live on a Boat?
    I'm applying for fiancè visa to settle in the UK. My fiancè is from the UK and he has been living in a boat for…
    28 March 2019
  • Bigboy
    Re: Renting a Houseboat
    Hi i am looking to pay rent on a boat in yarmouth dose any one no any one that has a boat to rent 97395994788
    21 March 2019
  • Kate
    Re: Renting a Houseboat
    My partner and I are looking to rent a houseboat for at least 12-24 months, preferably Windsor, Staines and surrounding areas. We have two…
    13 March 2019