|Tell me. Is that a clean stove? Or, is that a clean stove!|
|It works again!!!|
A couple of our winter projects got scratched off the list last week: replaced the heating element for the dishwasher and figured out why the stove igniter was not working.
|Replacing heating element in dishwasher|
|Location of the dishwasher heating element|
|New heating element installed|
We placed the stove on top of the saloon table and had the dishwasher element replaced in very short order. That part of the combined project took maybe 15 minutes. Bill screwed the cabinetry back into place to enclose the dishwasher and then we started on the stove.
What a job! Bill is now an expert on the 4-burner Eno stove!
A few notes to fellow sailors. Do not leave your stove gimbaled when at sea or at anchor.
Allow the stove to swing on the gimbals only while in use; lock it into fixed position when not in use. We learned this years ago but not before some slight damage resulted from letting the stove swing all the time.
We discovered 2 things when we removed the stove.
|Note worn groove near bolt head|
1. One supporting bolt had a badly worn area from the swinging motion of the stove.
|Gas hose chafed against hull lining. Lock it in fixed position!!|
2. The orange gas hose had chafed because of the swinging motion of the stove, not badly but enough to leave orange residue on the interior hull lining behind the stove. We had discovered this when we removed the stove in Cyprus 2 years ago, and we had placed a section of wire reinforced hose over the orange gas line to protect it from any possible future damage (even though we now keep the stove in locked position 99% of the time).
|Finishing dishwasher; stove top on the striped towel|
Bill took that entire stove apart. He ordered 2 new burner pots, all 4 burner tops, the solid state igniter, and the special mounting posts and screws. The mounting screws broke on the 2 burners most frequently used; likely from the heat making these brittle over the years. So Bill replaced both the burner pots and the mounting screws. Unfortunately, the igniter had to be ordered from a different source and we are still waiting for that delivery.
|Rear of stove/oven. Totally clean now!|
Good thing he did not follow my advice. As we are still waiting for that igniter. It would have been uncomfortable to live without cooking for so long.
|Bill documents everything. Helps a lot|
of Amel owners.
For now, I continue to light the stove with a long-handled butane lighter rather than pushing the button to spark the igniter. Big deal. Isn't that just so hard!
Today the bimini was returned from having a zipper replaced. The sun causes zippers to harden and crack. Seems that this is a constant process. Rarely a year goes by that we don't need at least one zipper replaced or a seam restitched. The bimini was replaced in August 2012; wouldn't you think it last longer than this without needing repair. We have removed the winter cockpit enclosure and switched to the summer extension. Getting closer and closer for sailing season to begin.