The Best Marine Stoves
While marine stoves bake and fry the same way as regular stoves, they do have some features that make them unique:
- Compact in size – One noticeable difference in marine stoves are their size. Boat galleys are not as spacious as the kitchen in your house, so the stove (as well as other appliances) needs to fit into tighter spaces.
- Gimbaled – Since boats are nearly always moving, a marine stove must pivot to stay level. This is called gimbaled. The stove has two pivot points that allow it to swing, which keeps pots or pans from sliding off onto the floor. Typically, sailboats have gimbaled stoves. Powerboats usually do not have gimbaled stoves, as they tend to stay steadier than sailboats.
- Pot restraints – Metal brackets or clamps go around the pot to hold it in place.
- Securely latched doors – Doors are kept shut by secure restraints so they don’t just fall open on their own.
- Stainless steel – Marine stoves are usually made from non-corrosive materials such as stainless steel, making them less susceptible to rust.
Let’s discuss the different brands and features of marine stoves. Depending on the galleys’ size, you can keep it simple or go full-on gourmet if you so choose.
Eno Stoves are available in two-burner gimbaled cooktops, three-burner built-in propane cooktops, wall mount ovens and three-burner stoves. Features include pot holders, gas shutoffs and raised flame guards surrounding the top, which is also handy for keeping pots and pans where they belong.
Force 10 has made marine stoves for more than 30 years. They make gimballed, built-in and cooktop marine stoves. Two, three, four and five-burner versions are available in gas or electric models. Features include stainless steel construction, ceramic glass cooktops, thermocouple protection on burners, removable top grates and slide away oven doors.
Along with cooktops and stoves, Dometic Origo (check prices on Amazon) makes a variety of marine stove accessories such as pot holders, flame spreaders and stove gimbals. Pressure-free gourmet stoves feature spacious ovens, adjustable oven racks, roasting pans, gimbals and two burners. You can enjoy that Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham on the water. Two and one-burner stovetops are also available.
If you’re searching for a cooktop, Seaward offers great choices. They make three-burner and two-burner cooktops (check price on Amazon) with marine-grade steel housings and aluminum top burners. Thermocouple valves shut off if the burners are extinguished. The cooktop heats quickly and the smooth glass wipes clean.
This Dickinson Marine two-burner drop-in propane cooktop (check price on Amazon) offers a is quite an efficient stove with a powerful “Triple style” 11,000 and a 7,000 BTU burner. The cooktop is also a breeze to install and includes under-counter brackets.
For a boat with not much galley space, this Avanti 20-inch wide freestanding gas range marine stove (check price on Amazon) is the perfect option. It might not be ideal for monohull sailboats that tend to sway, as it lacks gimbals (although you could install your own), but it could work for a trawler or more stable catamaran. It also offers automatic electronic ignition and a glass oven door with a light to check on meals.