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Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

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Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

Choosing the right campervan stove for your conversion is a tough decision. When we chose our Dometic Origo 3000 2 burner alcohol stove, there were several considerations for us. After using this alcohol stove for the past 9 months, we’ve found a few things we love and hate about it.

WHY WE CHOSE THIS CAMPERVAN STOVE

The biggest consideration for us when looking at different options for campervan stoves was space. Counter space is at a premium in a van, so we didn’t want to take up a lot of space with a stove like a drop-in stove.

After tons of research online and considering the options available, we decided to go with the Dometic Origo 3000 2-Burner Alcohol Stove. This stainless steel, portable alcohol burning stove is our primary cooking method in our van.

Campervan Stove

PROS OF THE DOMETIC ORIGO 3000

Some of the features that we love about this campervan stove are:

  • It’s compact at about 18” long x 10” wide x 5” tall
  • It’s portable so we can store it in a drawer and take it outside when the weather is nice
  • There are no pressurized containers (like propane tanks), so it doesn’t need a vented cabinet and we don’t have to store/carry extra tanks. The fuel is all stored in the containers inside the stove
  • There are very few moving parts, which means there are less things to break
  • Fuel is easy to come by – denatured alcohol is available at any hardware store and even at Walmart
Portable Camp Stove

CONS OF THE DOMETIC ORIGO 3000

On the flip side, there are some things we really aren’t fond of on this campervan stove:

  • It doesn’t cook as hot as propane, so boiling water takes longer and it doesn’t hold a flame as well in the wind
  • There is no fuel gauge: when the fuel is gone, you’re done cooking!
  • It isn’t the easiest to refill the fuel canisters, and sometimes we spill alcohol while refilling
  • It definitely is pricey at about $338 when we purchased ours. They aren’t as readily available in the US, which means that prices are higher.

OVERALL THOUGHTS OF THE DOMETIC ORIGO 3000

All in all, we’re pretty happy with this campervan stove. The pros outweigh the cons, and I’d rate it about a 7.5/10. Given the options on the market right now, I’d still purchase this campervan stove over others.

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Mieke McMahon

Monday 5th of October 2020

hello, we have a stove like this, but we find that when we do not use it, the alcohol evaporates - how do you close the canisters when not in use? Thank you!

Nate Yarbrough

Monday 5th of October 2020

Ours came with some neoprene covers for the canisters that act as gaskets that seem to work adequately.

perry

Monday 14th of September 2020

It comes down to how you cook. I really only stir fry with a wok. This isn't hot enough for me to actually 'cook' - it sort of heats things up. It came with a boat I bought and am looking for a gas stove to replace it.

Sandy

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Do you think this can be used as a heat source in Minnesota in the winter in a minivan?

Nate Yarbrough

Friday 20th of December 2019

Nope. Absolutely not. I recommend getting a heater that is designed for heating a living space.

Kaye

Friday 16th of August 2019

Thanks for the detailed review of the Origo Stove, very helpful! If you cook on a daily basis, how often do you have to refill the canisters? Once a week, or every fortnight?

Nate Yarbrough

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

We refill it every month to month and a half or so.

Andrew NZ

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

I did a poll in a van group in NEw Zealand asking what cooker people recommended. 24 fixed gas hob, 3 butane portable, 2 portable gas cooker, and just one recommended alcohol. Despite that I think its best for me and have ordered one. I heard a whisper that Dometic had discontinued the Origo range, they confirmed this due to low demand. What are your thoughts on that?

Nate Yarbrough

Thursday 31st of January 2019

I don't really have any 'thoughts' on it. A premium price mixed with a lack of marketing on a product will lead to low demand and if there is no demand, it makes no sense to continue to make the product. It's still a good stove and will be a good stove in 50 years, Dometic is just putting more money into marketing their refrigerators and air conditioners than they are their marine stoves.