Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

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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.


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


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


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.


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.

8 thoughts on “Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review”

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

  2. 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?

      1. Hey and thanks for the thorough review! Would you mind sharing the volume of fuel used over those 4-6 weeks between refills? I know denatured alcohol comes in various sizes. Thanks again!

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