The units often look similar to wood burning ranges commonly found in traditional cottages. The hob works by heating up a hot plate rather than exposed hob burners as found on a domestic gas or electric cooker. These hot plates are either steel, cast iron or ceramic, depending on which model is used. Similar to cooking on domestic range cookers, you do not control the heat of the range. Instead you move your pan between hotter and cooler sections of the hot plate. The ovens work in much the same way as gas ovens.
On most boats, the only LPG installation is for the cooker. Diesel oil cookers allow you to side-step this, which offers benefits of safety and of one less system to maintain. There are hob-only units available, which may suit leisure boaters or those who just want a cup of tea when they are afloat. These appliances are no more or less difficult to maintain than their LPG counterparts, with the main running cost being the purchase of fuel. The higher-end, range type diesel cookers are designed for use on commercial ships at sea for long periods. As industrial-strength cookers, these will give you many, many years of service.
Some oil cooking ranges require a flue system and ventilation, this needs to be factored into your plans. Some cookers also need 12v electricity to operate fans or electric controls. These are model dependent, our engineers can advise you on all supplementary installations required to get you set up.