Features

September 2012 Issue

Thermos Thermal Cooker Review

PS field tests thermal cookers for galley duty.

Practical Sailor contributor Jonathan Neeves—a bluewater cruiser living aboard his Lightwave 38 catamaran in Australia—has used thermal cookers for 30 years and says that he would never sail without one. In this article, Neeves reviews the Thermos-brand thermal cookers that he uses on board for cooking stews, casseroles, soups, desserts, and other dishes. The thermal cooker is a large, stainless vacuum flask containing one or two fitted saucepans. The insulation traps the heat in the food and uses it as the heat source for cooking the dishes. Using thermal cooker saves cooking-fuel (or power) and allows sailors to safely cook a meal while underway—without constant stovetending or worry over spilled pots—even in foul weather, when slaving over a galley stove can prove challenging and dangerous.

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