Painting The Stove

Model 3101, #10718, 3 Burner Alcohol Gambled Cabin Stove


I know, I know, an alcohol stove is old inefficient technology and it's not cool but consider this;

  • Its paid for,

  • It works and it's easy to fix,

  • It is cheep to use for the few times I do use it,

  • You can get denatured alcohol just about anywhere while cruising and...

  • It's not a safety hazard, just learn to light it correctly.


So clean it up and paint it!


     I pulled the stove out and gave it a good cleaning inside and out.  I sanded it around the edges and really put some work into the top panel.  Make sure the top gets ruffed up good.  This is the panel that gets the hottest.  After a through sanding, wipe down with a cloth dipped in acetone.  The painting process took two coats of Appliance Epoxy - Almond #1882 from Wal-Mart.  Spray the first coat on and let it dry for two days (July Florida weather) before applying the second coat.  I was real pleased with how well this paint preformed.

Before and After


     The alcohol fuel tank was leaking at the top cut-off valve.  I replaced it with one from ACE and checked the other connections.  I pressurized the tank to 20 PSI (working PSI).   It held nicely for two weeks.  I reinstalled it and tightened up the fittings.  I did a another pressure check including the stove this time.  I did replace the flex hose behind the stove that connects the solid copper tubing to the stove input.  Found leak # 2 here.  (Side note:  On the side of the aluminum tank it had Pearson production markings of the project #, the hull# of the boat and the date)

Before and After


      The newly painted stove was checked out by all three burners on as well as the stove.  Dried out the cabin when I did that.  Works great and looks good also.

Some Stove Documentation

CAUTION Notice & SeaWard Stove Manual


How to light the stove...

     "Open the tank valve to allow fuel and pressure to enter the stove.  Select which burner is to be used an open valve slightly to allow a SMALL amount of fuel to enter primer cup, usually 2 or 3 seconds.  Close the burner valve.   (Be sure that only enough fuel is released to soak the wick.  After the wick has been properly primed, light the priming liquid.  Allow it to burn for approximately 3 to 4 minutes then open the burner valve slowly.  If the burner operates like a vapor gas flame proceed to use.  If liquid fuel appears, turn off the valve and allow the wick to heat the burner an additional 2 to 4 minutes."

                                                                        - SeaWard


General Information on the HilleRange 1972


Sure Marine Service Inc.
5320 28th Avenue NW, Seattle, Washington 98107
800-562-7797, 206-784-9903, Fax: 206-784-0506

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