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Cooking Apparatus on Boats

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by brian eiland, Aug 12, 2012.

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  1. brian eiland

    brian eiland Senior Member

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    For the most part we have simply adopted normal cooking apparatus from our home kitchens onto our vessels.....either gas or electric, stove tops, ovens, microwaves, hotplates, etc. And generally we have found the need to have the multiple different devices for cooking various items.

    What if someone was looking to cut down on the number of, and perhaps size of these various apparatus? ...perhaps to cut down on electrical demand. or just make for a more compact kitchen with less 'machinery'.

    Quite long ago I remember seeing an ad on TV for a cooking apparatus that used three different forms of heating all in one unit,....conduction, convection, and infrared. I went back to look it up today, and arrived at this NuWave device:
    NuWave Oven
    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    Would one of these countertop units really serve a vessel that well? Or perhaps several of these units side by side in a custom enclosure?

    Has anyone had practical experience with using such an apparatus on a boat?

    I have never liked electric ovens/cooktops myself....and on a boat where I would wish to cook without having to turn on a generator?

    Supposely more energy efficient....and I wouldn't think that would be difficult to outperform a conventional electric stove?
  2. Pascal

    Pascal Senior Member

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    We ve had very good result with a GE convection / microwave oven.. Saves a lot of space and does the job... On most boats galley storage is critical so saving the space of a full oven is nice

    We also rely quite a bit on an outside electric grill

    As tO plug in appliances, a panini grill and a large electric skillet see a lot of use on charters

    I m used to electric and actually prefer it to gas...
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    Fishtigua Senior Member

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    If the insurance companies allowed it, it would be a gas stove top, electric fan oven and a combi micro/convection for small stuff in my galley.

    The one thing I've always wanted is a really big, stand alone, powerful gas burner for a Wok. Now that's fine fish right there. Yum.....:)
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    We have just ordered The Big Green Egg. It's a ceramic outdoor cooker that should replace the need for an oven.

    Judy
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    A wise purchase indeed.
    BBQ, smoker, oven, all in one.
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    Evening all....are the devices mentioned so far for smaller boats/crew?? What about for large to gigantic yachts?? I found the website for the Big Green Egg and it looks cool. The Extra Large Egg looks like it can cook up a real mess of a meal.....but would the BGE be best for outside meals only? How do classification/insurance rules govern such devices on large/larger yachts??

    Just curious,

    Cheers,
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    PropBet Senior Member

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    It would be considered a BBQ to your insurance company. Not to be used inside. Obviously there are precautions to take with flames, coal, etc. which inherently, aren't boat friendly.
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    brian eiland Senior Member

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    Fishtigua Senior Member

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    I did Thai style calamari for lunch in the Wok yesterday.

    Back to baloney sandwiches and a pickle today, you've made me very hungry!!!:D

    Thanks Brian...............
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    BGE update

    We had originally considered the Big Green Egg for our new RV but the "fragility" became a concern. We had the big one delivered to our house and it does everything scrumpdeliciously. For marine use, be careful about placement - it needs to be in a stable, built-in base. Worth the extra forethought if you can do it.

    Judy
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    Hiya Brian,
    I can't comment on the Nu-wave apparatus as I have no experience with it BUT the "ad hype" looks interesting.
    We have found (me, doing allthe cooking) that our gas (propane) stove/oven paired with our VERY dated Magma grill fulfills all our cooking needs. I fully subscribe to the "less is more" philosophy for galley needs.
    Peter.
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    Google the Cobb charcoal grille. Everything you need in a compact unit and very stingy on c-coal. :D
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    Here is another ceramic stule barbecue, it's on my short list for replacing my old grill. Storing the fuel aboard might be an issue.

    Primo Grills and Smokers
  14. brian eiland

    brian eiland Senior Member

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    Hookum 'n Cookum

    Maybe something like this adapted for on-board use....;) :D

    Hookum 'n Cookum

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    My stove is one of those Princess Electric stoves.

    I also have one of those portable single burner butane stoves.
    I only use the butane burner occasionally if i want to make coffee in the am without turning on the genny. In fact, I cant remember the last time I used it.

    Many of my frineds have propane stoves on the boat that they swear by, but they have the added PIA of dealing with safety switches and carrying and safely storing the propane onboard. I think they are really only for the sail boat crew and hard core trawler types.

    I do not like to BBQ on the boat unless i really really have to. Then I prefer to use one of those stainless propane kettles that hang over the side from one of the rod holders.

    I know there is a trend to install built in bbq's and grills in midsize and larger boats.
    I would feel comfortable using those if the surrounding areas were truly fire, heat, and stain resistant.

    The built-in grills are really neat at shows and when new. I bet after you use them a few times and they become greasy and heat stained they dont look as cool anymore.
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    BTW, the best nautical meal I ever has was when my dad took me fishing with a guide in Canada in a small wooden boat.

    We caught bass and pike all morning, keeping only enough for lunch, releasing the rest.

    The guide took us to a small island, built a fire, cooked a big iron skillet full of bacon, made some hobo coffee (with egg shells in the grinds), and cooked our catch over an open flame......

    Now that was a great meal......