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Post Info TOPIC: DO RV propane stoves put out enough BTUs for serious cooking?


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DO RV propane stoves put out enough BTUs for serious cooking?


Hello, RVers!

I don't own an RV, but I'm building a small off-grid house. For cooking, heating and plumbing I face some of the same challenges RVers contend with: how to fit lots of functionality into a small space, how to do things without electricity or with minimal electricity.

For the kitchen in the house, I'm considering propane-fueled stoves/cooktops/ovens made for RVs or boats. These appliances could work out well for my situation because they tend to be small and they have features that are ideal for off-grid use.

But I'm concerned about some of the specs for the burners on cooktops and stoves for RVs and boats. For example, one stove I'm considering has two 6500-BTU burners. Another has one 7200-BTU burner and two 5200-BTU burners. And there is a really nice little 3-burner stainless-steel cooktop made for a boat, but the BTU specs for the burners are 3400 6000 8500.

Can I actually do serious cooking with appliances like these? I mean, would I be waiting a long time just for water to boil - would I need to spend an inordinate amount of time to fry an egg or a hamburger...??

Note that I would not attempt to do canning with a stove or cooktop like this, as my house will have a second kitchen a.k.a. canning room in the basement, and the canning room will have a gas stove with burners whose BTU ratings are much higher than what I mentioned above.

Any advice from experienced RVers - especially those who live fulltime in RVs - would be very much appreciated!



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I have no idea what the BTU's are but we have a standard RV stove/oven and I have cooked a lot with it, including 8 quarts of clam chowder, 5 lbs of potato salad, just to name a couple things. I have also used the oven for carrot cake and baby back ribs among other things.

I do keep a 13 inch pizza stone on the oven to help with heat distribution.



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The only limitation my wife finds is the distance between the burners limits the size and number of pots/pans she can get on the cook-top (many if not most RV propane stoves are 3-burner models). She's a serious cook and loves to cook on gas. The oven is a bit small, but like Bill and Kelly, we keep a small pizza stone in it to even out the heat. Does fine for small pizzas, biscuits, etc.

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You don't say where you are from but if there any Amish communities near you they use all manner of off grid appliances and probably have a store you can browse and or purchase.  Other than that, yes you can cook on an rv type stove and use a gas refrigerator.  We live and cook in ours for extended stays all of the time.



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I cook all the time with my stove and burners. Large batches are tough because of the size of the pan but can be done , just takes a little longer. Baking seems to be a problem for some folks, but since I am not a baker haven't had that issue. Anyways, I love my stove and use it all the time.

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