Stove Safety

Stove safety, what is that???

Well, we never thought we'd write about this. But turn out it is quite important. Once again, just relaying great advice put to us from other Outbound cruisers.

Three things to worry about, and avoid by the measures below. Securing the stove for pitch-poling, avoid early propane hose fatigue, and wearing the pins out. 

Hose fatigue:

There is a small handle at the bottom of the stove that can secure it in place, avoiding it to rocking in the gimbals. Totally necessary to un-leash the stove while cocking offshore. But why bother securing it every time the cocking is done? To avoid propane hose fatigue. This little hook will stop the rocking of the stove, ensuring the hose not to wear out.

However, this small pin will do nothing if the boat is pitch-poled, it's too weak for that. Which brings us to the more important subject... the hinge flaps...

Stove on the run if pitch poled:

This should never happen. And there's a lot of other things that will make a mess if pitch-poled, like everything in the fridge... But, the stove might be a bigger safety hazard with its weight and sharp edges. 

There is a safety mechanism built into the stove hinges, that will prevent it from flying if upside down. Small metal tabs, that has to be bent in place when the stove is attached. We've seen many (most) boats where the security tabs on the stove isn't engaged. They just need to be bent out to prevent the stove from getting loose if pitch-poled. It's very simple to do. A long flat-headed screwdriver will do.

If it's not done on your boat, might be a good idea to do it.

Pin wear:

Many boat owners complain that their locking system for the stove isn't working properly after a while. The pin doesn't match the female in the counter-top any longer. This is due to the constant wear of the pin when rocking. It simply wears down and the stove is now lower. One way of mitigating this is to always, always lock the stove when not cocking. This will minimize the wear and tear.

But better even still is to add a couple of drops of oil to the pins every month or so. Problem solved.