Lighting the origo stove on the mark 1 galley

The galley is ready to be used for the rest of the season

I already have a few ideas for improving it

Joost sent me some snaops of a box where the flip down front offered another working surface - good plan

and at the end of the film - my first serious head clonk

This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Hunter Minstrel, The sailing Gourmet.

11 Responses to “Lighting the origo stove on the mark 1 galley”

  1. 19 June, 2012 at 10:40 pmJulian Fisk says:

    OUCH!! interesting stove, not seen one before. good blog Dylan.
    kind regards

  2. 20 June, 2012 at 8:53 amDale Appleton says:

    I, for one, did not laugh.


  3. 20 June, 2012 at 9:34 amdylan winter says:

    I left it in so I guess I thought it was funny too – mind you – it is a long wait for a bloke to bump his head on a bulkhead

  4. 20 June, 2012 at 7:34 pmchapman says:

    I remember vaguely that you are supposed to put 10% water in so that the flame is not too smoky – but yours didn’t seem to smoke, had you cut it or were you using it neat? Richard

  5. 20 June, 2012 at 8:58 pmPaul Mullings says:

    No chance of a quick cuppa then if it takes 7 minutes to boil a pint!!! And all that messing around to light it too. What’s wrong with the Korean piezo gas stoves the whole world and his wife uses?

  6. 22 June, 2012 at 10:41 amThor from Tasmania says:

    Mmmm I like it, nice and simple less to go wrong on the boat. I prefer meths as I believe the only gas on a boat should come from the skipper and crew. Here we can buy long redhead matches, 2 inches easy. can you get them in the uk?

  7. 23 June, 2012 at 5:50 pmPaul Mullings says:

    Can’t say I agree Thor as I don’t think meths is any less safe than gas in some ways. I don’ like the fact it is so hard to see when burning especially in bright light or when spilt. I understand some people’s phobia with gas on boats but I have used it without incident for many many years and love the instant control and lighting with piezo ignition none of the fiddling around with matches/ lighters etc.

  8. 23 July, 2012 at 9:02 pmjason lengden says:

    its the look back at the camera like you would a friend that made me laugh most!

  9. 7 July, 2015 at 8:11 pmRichard says:

    I understand but don’t share your fear of butane. I have a ten quid camping gaz stove which is powerful and easy. My pal has a boat like KTL but unstayed ketch rig. Think it’s called a Liberty. It has a proper galley on the port side so no need for a galley box. And no obstruction to the useful storage space.

  10. 7 July, 2015 at 9:09 pmdylan winter says:


    the origo is a great stove – and works at very low temperatures, no gas cylinders to chuck away. Katie L came with a stove over the berth – that is never going to end well for me = and also with the galley box you can stand up to cook. With the old position you had to cook sitting but turned sideways. I also like cooking in the cockpit – essential when Jill cooks fish or I cook bacon.

  11. 14 September, 2016 at 10:20 amHerman Verheij says:


    My Origo, exactly the same model you’ve shown here, runs on what I think is called methylated spirit. Would that be the same as meth? Probably. Just two comments: I believe the book says that you should never fill the container when it sits horizontally in the stove. Instead you have to take it out, hold it at an angle and then fill it. All this presumaby to avoid the fluid spilling over into the stove itself with the associated risk of fire. Secondly, I just light a match and drop it in the burner. Next time you fill the container you can remove what’s left of the matches from the grid on top.
    And, while I’m at it, I really was surprised to see it took so long to get such a little bit of water boiling. But then again, I’m never in any sort of hurry when I’m on my small boat. Actually, one of the reasons why I have been binge-watching the KTL-series is that you yourself never seem to be…
    In any case, being an old bloke with and old small boat myself, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the series. Not only about the areas where I have sailed my own (bigger) boats twenty years ago (the Solent, South coast, Dover, Ramsgate, Blackwater, Harwich, Deben and Lowestoft) but also the rest of the trip up North. I really like the long shots from the cockpit, it does give the impression of actually being there.
    And though it may seem somewhat contradictory, given your enthusiasm and concern for peace, quiet and nature I find myself thinking you could be considered to be a gentle, sailing counterpart of the other grumpy old man of British television, Jeremy Clarkson…
    Finally, I’ll try and direct some continental coins to your bottomless coffer with the purpose to keep you turning left (I liked your reference to ‘the near continent’).



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