Mariner Kerosene Paraffin Boat Cooker /Stove Easy Preheating With Electric Elements

By Dorian Stonehouse

The Mariner boat stove kindly loaned for conversion by Matthew Davies

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The main issue I used to find when preheating this boat cooker in Matthew’s home, was that the fire in the preheating bowl (crucible), located below the burner, would extinguish before it had properly heated up the burner.

The Mariner  cooker – the queen of cookers

This issue can be partly explained by the fact that the burner assembly in these cookers is connected to a lot of iron work,  which effectively acts as a heat sink – drawing heat away from the burner.

Mariner Kerosene Paraffin Boat Cooker /Stove Easy Preheating With Electric Elements

The result used to be calamitous to say the least: smoke and soot everywhere; all those lovely fly-catching cobwebs in Matthew’s kitchen turning a sooty colour, not to mention the ceiling itself turning charcoal!

BIGish oven but small burner

Mariner Kerosene Paraffin Boat Cooker /Stove Easy Preheating With Electric Elements

Matthew goes on: “I now cook all my birds in this oven”

Since Matthew is a Senior Citizen and was “bloody petrified” he resolved to turn to cooking by electric. However, having had is electricity bill, he decided to approach me to “convert” his kero Mariner cooker to electric start, so I duly obliged. 

Nice for baking cakes and sponges too

Mariner Kerosene Paraffin Boat Cooker /Stove Easy Preheating With Electric Elements

Matthew was not interested in an igniter and a timer to remind him when to light the burner. Instead, he just wanted a basic conversion:  power-supply and heating elements only.

Winding the heating elements on to  the riser pipes meant first placing the cooker on its side

Then it was a question of painting the pipes with wood-burner rope adhesive, to insulate the elements.

The Power supply was boxed and placed out of harms way…          

 

      …at the back of the cooker

 Mariner Kerosene Paraffin Boat Cooker /Stove Easy Preheating With Electric Elements

Having pumped up the tank the previous night, we connected the power-supply to the mains electricity, and waited 6 minutes for the heating elements to heat the burner sufficiently.

The tap was then slowly turned, releasing the atomised fuel; then a flame was applied to the burner – it ignited it like a gas cooker.

The Mariner boat cooker, with the elements still glowing

Mariner Kerosene Paraffin Boat Cooker /Stove Easy Preheating With Electric Elements

Job done!

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Heartfelt thanks

Dorian.

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