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Old 05-06-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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Dickinson Drop-In Cooktop

We ordered an Escape 21, completion date of Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day in USA!). Has anyone had Escape install the Dickinson drop-in cooktop in a new 19 or 21? Did you ship them the stove or just bring it to the orientation? Are you happy with the stove?

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Two Burner Propane Drop in Cooktop - Dickinson Marine | Dickinson Marine

I have seen some retrofits of this stove on the Forum, how is this stove working out?
We have their Spitfire180 BBQ which has been fantastic.

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Old 05-06-2017, 03:48 PM   #2
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We ordered an Escape 21, completion date of Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day in USA!). Has anyone had Escape install the Dickinson drop-in cooktop in a new 19 or 21? Did you ship them the stove or just bring it to the orientation? Are you happy with the stove?

This is the stove:

Two Burner Propane Drop in Cooktop - Dickinson Marine | Dickinson Marine

I have seen some retrofits of this stove on the Forum, how is this stove working out?
We have their Spitfire180 BBQ which has been fantastic.

Thanks Much
I doubt Escape will install it, but you could always ask. If they agree to install it, I assume it would be like most other custom parts - not installed at the orientation, but during the build. Which would mean supplying it to them before the build starts.

One reason I doubt they'd agree to install it is because it requires a different route for the gas plumbing. Because it sits lower in the counter than the stock stove, that route interferes with the drawers - unless you use a special brass elbow fitting. You'd have to supply that too.

We love this cooktop. You gain lots of useable counter space when it's not in use because of the drop in cutting board. No more removing and storing the cooking grates before towing (they fly off) like we had to with the stock one. Much higher heat output which comes in handy when you have to sear or fry. Relatively easy cleanup by just pulling straight up on the grate to remove it. Overbuilt, high quality, marine grade stainless. Comes with a pot holder attachment but that is completely unnecessary in an RV, so I discarded it.

Make sure to contact Dickinson directly and ask for a better deal. They usually discount it quite a bit. If they don't, try boatownersworld.com which has it for $509.

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Old 05-06-2017, 03:53 PM   #3
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We ordered an Escape 21, completion date of Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day in USA!). Has anyone had Escape install the Dickinson drop-in cooktop in a new 19 or 21? Did you ship them the stove or just bring it to the orientation? Are you happy with the stove?

This is the stove:

Two Burner Propane Drop in Cooktop - Dickinson Marine | Dickinson Marine

I have seen some retrofits of this stove on the Forum, how is this stove working out?
We have their Spitfire180 BBQ which has been fantastic.

Thanks Much
They are installing the one I sold to another member. I forget how much it was though, but remember this is not something they are used to, so won't be real cheap. Like Robert said, they will want it at the time of build, but if you buy from Dickinson, shipping would not be too much.
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:49 PM   #4
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They are installing the one I sold to another member. I forget how much it was though, but remember this is not something they are used to, so won't be real cheap. Like Robert said, they will want it at the time of build, but if you buy from Dickinson, shipping would not be too much.
We bought our cook top from Jim and ETI is doing the install at the time of the build. You will need to get ETI to quote the installation and then have it added to the build sheet. Installation wasn't cheap but we think it will be well worth it.
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Old 05-06-2017, 09:08 PM   #5
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I have seen some retrofits of this stove on the Forum, how is this stove working out?
Retrofitted and absolutely love the Dickinson cooktop. These are made for the marine industry and are built like it. The higher output, flush install, full stainless construction and the flame safety system are great features. If ETI will install it for you I would go for it. It is much more expensive but also MUCH better than the stock cooktop. Somethings in life should be questioned, but this isn't one of them.
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I installed our range yesterday. Lisa is stoked to give it a go. The burner control is phenomenal. It has a broiler too. Dickinson makes a great product.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:15 AM   #7
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Am I correct that the cooking surface of these stoves is recessed? If so I wouldn't like it as it limits the size of the pan you can place on the burner, namely my favorite 12" frypan. I can see where the indentation is necessary on a boat but not so in a stationary RV.
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Am I correct that the cooking surface of these stoves is recessed? If so I wouldn't like it as it limits the size of the pan you can place on the burner, namely my favorite 12" frypan. I can see where the indentation is necessary on a boat but not so in a stationary RV.
The "indentation" isn't necessary on a boat either. It's there to accommodate the cutting board to create a flush surface when you're not cooking. On a boat you'd use the supplied pot holder attachment to keep pots from sliding around while cooking. That item is indeed unnecessary in an RV, and we don't use it.

As for a 12" frying pan, the burners on the stock cooktop are relatively small, and the weaker btu output would probably result in uneven heating of the pan. The Dickinson's left burner is dual ring, and heats larger pans evenly. My wife also uses a 12" frying pan with the Dickinson, and it fits fine. There's enough room from the center of the burner to the edge. And, the recess is shallow - just over half an inch.

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Old 05-07-2017, 11:39 PM   #9
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Am I correct that the cooking surface of these stoves is recessed? If so I wouldn't like it as it limits the size of the pan you can place on the burner, namely my favorite 12" frypan. I can see where the indentation is necessary on a boat but not so in a stationary RV.
To your point, the Dickinson owner's manual recommends a 10" pot for the bigger left burner and 6" for the other smaller burner. If you like to cook with anything much bigger then maybe another option is better for you.
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