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    Member Zilpo55's Avatar
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    Brewing coffee away from dock

    I love waking up early in a cove and enjoying the quiet, especially with a good cup of coffee. The only gas we have is the grill up top, and it doesn't have one of those side burners. Can anybody recommend a product to brew fresh coffee without starting the generator? I have found 12 VDC brewers like the ones below, but they the reviews aren't very good. Has anybody tried one?

    http://www.amazon.com/Rally-7271-Por...c+coffee+maker

    http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-122...t+coffee+maker

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    I hate to think how long it would take...

    I'd try one of these: http://bestcampingstoves.org/propane...owerpack-stove

    They're mighty handy to have around.
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    I have a typical home-style coffee maker and it just runs off the inverter. I take it you don't have an inverter? To save energy, I have the type that brews into an insulated pot, so it doesn't have a hot plate going once it's done brewing.

    I agree 100% with you though - there's nothing as peaceful as drinking a nice hot Cup-a-Joe in a cool, calm and quiet cove in the morning!
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    We have a 2 burner Coleman camping stove on the back deck with it's own 20 Lb. propane bottle.
    Don't use it too often or the percolator will spoil you. Perked coffee taste much better that drip coffee maker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoVols View Post
    I have a typical home-style coffee maker and it just runs off the inverter. I take it you don't have an inverter? To save energy, I have the type that brews into an insulated pot, so it doesn't have a hot plate going once it's done brewing.

    I agree 100% with you though - there's nothing as peaceful as drinking a nice hot Cup-a-Joe in a cool, calm and quiet cove in the morning!
    We do have an inverter and the coffee maker we use at home is one just like you describe with the insulated pot and no hot plate. So, I told my wife "Perfect! We just swap boat and home coffee makers.". No luck - the one from home would not work at all on the inverter. The clock wouldn't even display. It's one of those fancy programmable jobs and my theory is its power supply did not like the wave form off the inverter. The regular brewer worked on inverter, it just sucked a lot of power. I am going to try and find a more basic model without all the electronic fluff, but we are also interested in the little propane stove suggested by Stmbtwle. It will be handy for a lot of things. Thanks to all for the suggestions.

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    The basic MrCoffee (no clock, just a switch) WILL work on an inverter, as long as the inverter can handle the load. Check the watts on the bottom of the coffeemaker and the rating of the inverter. Coffeemakers draw a lot of power, shut 'em off when it's brewed and put in a thermos.

    The first cruise on the Retreat we didn't have the stove installed, so we did the entire 10 days with a little 1-burner Coleman and a crock-pot. Crock-pots work great on an inverter, especially when you're under way and the alternator can pick up the load from the batteries.
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    Until the galley is finished, I put an aluminum teakettle on a little white-gas Primus backpacker's one-burner (out on the deck for safety) , and then pour the boiling water into a French-press pot. As they say over there, Voila! I can't see why you couldn't do the same thing with a pot of water on a gas grill.

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    We've tries several different ways to have a good cup of java. In the end we've settled with this and we've had satisfactory coffee ever since..



    Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

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    Had one of those 30 years ago, it was great.

    Haven't seen one since, didn't know they were still available.

    Tracked the photo back. WOW they're proud of it! (check Overstock.com)
    Last edited by Stmbtwle; 06-28-2013 at 04:41 AM.
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