The Bottom Line
- Safest marine fuel and stove type
- Easy installation without tank locker, tubing, or solenoid needed
- Simple functional design
- Essentially break-proof with no moving parts
- More expensive fuel, not available everywhere
- Slightly slower cooking temperatures
- Stove-oven model more expensive than many propane models
- Nonpressurized alcohol cooking system
- Available as 1- or 2-burner stove or as 2-burner model with gimbaled oven
- Uses clean-burning denatured alcohol; no vent required
- All stainless steel construction
- Optional adjustable pop clamps available for stovetop burners
Guide Review - Origo Marine Stove and Oven
The Swedish-built Origo stovetop and oven are constructed of attractive, easy-to-maintain stainless steel. You simply pour the soot-free denatured alcohol into the canisters, which burn with a wicking action. The flame size is controlled with a simple dial that moves a shutter to expose more or less of the burning wick. A canister holds over a quart of fuel and will burn for 6-8 hours at a filling. Although the burners produce somewhat less heat than propane stoves, the difference in cooking time is almost unnoticeable.
The oven burns from a single burner, also controlled with a dial. Although it lacks a true thermostat, it is easy to control the oven temperature by monitoring the thermometer and adjusting the dial. Heavily constructed and insulated, the oven heats uniformly throughout. It also nicely warms the cabin on a chilly evening.
Although somewhat more expensive than many other stoves and ovens, the Origo is virtually indestructible and will repay the sailor with a lifetime of uncomplaining safe service. Extensively used throughout Europe, the Origo is becoming more popular in the U.S. Because fuel is less readily available in some places, however, cruising sailors will need to plan ahead and stock sufficient fuel.