Your Guide to Propane Boat Stoves

Are you tired of feeling hungry out on the water? You should buy a Marine propane stove. Propane boat stoves come in handy when you have the urge to eat.

They’re common for boaters to buy when replacing their other stoves. So, choosing a propane boat stove depends on your preference.

Are you willing to install and maintain a propane system? Are you able to put in place safety precautions? Read on to learn more.

Propane Boat Stoves

These stoves have been around since the mid-1980s, so it’s already installed in many boats. They use liquid petroleum gas aka propane kept in a cylinder at room temperature. The propane has a high heat content of 91,000 BTU per gallon, so it lights fast.

Propane stoves have replaced the alcohol and kerosene stoves found on most new boats. Their benefits include reasonable cost, availability, cooking food fast, and having no odor.

A propane stove is great to operate under the right conditions. There are safety precautions to take after you pick the right propane boat stove.

LPG is heavier than air, so if kept in low areas of the hull it can turn the liquid into a gas. This can cause an explosion below the deck and cause injury for you and others. Thus, propane stoves need a safety device to shut off the flow of propane after the burner is off.

The safe installation should include a leak detector gauge, an unobstructed venting system, and propane vapor monitors. Newer models have a built-in safety thermocouple, so keep an eye out for those.

Types of Propane Stoves

Common brands of propane boat stoves are Dickinson and Force 10. Depending on the model and brand, the price range can be $1,000 or more.


Dickinson Marine manufactures stainless steel appliances. They’ve been producing quality marine stoves since 1932, including propane stoves. They have three propane stoves available on their site.

Two-Burner Propane Drop-In Cooktop

  • 11,000 and 7,000 BTU burners
  • Safe push and turn electronic ignition
  • Safety “flame out” protection
  • 26 lbs, 4.75″ height, 23″ width, 14″ depth

Mediterranean Three Burner Gas Stove

  • Two 7,000 BTU burners and triple style 11,000 BTU
  • Usable oven space
  • 80 lbs, 20.375″ width, 21.750″ height, 20.250″ depth
  • Electronic ignition and safety “flame out” protection

Caribbean Two Burner Gas Stove

  • Two 7,000 BTU burners and triple style 11,000 BTU
  • Usable oven space
  • 70 lbs, 20.375″ width, 21.750″ height, 14.750″ depth
  • Electronic ignition and safety “flame out” protection

Force 10

Force 10 products have thermocouple protection on their burners. They also include electronic spark ignition and thermostatic-controlled ovens. The fuel types of their gimballed stoves are propane and butane.

They range from 2-5 burners and come in different sizes. Based on the size of your boat, you can choose how many burners you want on your stove and select the proper size.

The 2-Burner Gimbal has six model sizes. American standard, American compact, Euro standard, Euro compact, Euro subcompact, and XM. Each stove comes with a two-year warranty and a product dimension sheet for you to view on their site.

High Seas Cooking!

There are many factors to consider when selecting which propane boat stove is right for you. Will you be cooking while the boat is moving? Then a gimballed stove is your answer.

Otherwise, any propane boat stove will suffice as long as you did your research. Now it’s time to find your stove and start cooking on the high seas! Check out our other articles for your entertainment and travel needs.