Does anyone here use an alcohol or alcohol/electric stove in their rig?
I'm laying out plans for some sort of kitchen/storage unit; something I could take in/out when it was needed. I'll want this unit to be mostly self-contained so there is no plumbing or auxillary tanks anywhere. Most RV stoves are propane that need a pressurized bottle that would need to be secured. I've been looking at single burner recessed alcohol and alcohol/electric stoves that could mount in a countertop and hoping someone could comment on their experiences. Here is where I'm getting my design ideas:
I know alcohol doesn't have the BTUs of propane but I'm just looking for something to boil water or heat soup for my g/f and I or just me rolling solo when stealth camping or the weather is bad. Most cooking would happen outside of the van with my Coleman stove as I don't want to load the vehicle with food odors. And alcohol can be extinguished with water so its a little safer.
Contoure Cookmate - under $200
There are alcohol and combo alcohol/electric units. The combo units cost $500+ while alcohol cost <$200. The 2 brands I'm finding are Origo and Contoure/Cookmate. Unless someone has an argument why the combo unit is better, I'm leaning toward an alcohol-only stove. If I'm in a place to run electric, I can keep a $20 hot plate onboard for my electric needs and be ~$300 ahead for building the cabinet. Thoughts?