2 Burner camper cooktops - Smev or not?

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 16:22
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I want to upgrade my camper cooktop. The Smev is most common in camper trailers & caravans but I have read 2 negative reviews. These complain that the burners are held together with 2 long screws which are prone to rusting & it is difficult to find suitable replacements. Is this a common problem? What gas cooktops would other RVers recommend?
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 16:38

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 16:38
2 negative reviews?? Out of the thousands of these cooktops that have sold!
If you are worried about the screws, replace them with stainless steel screws.

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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 18:26

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 18:26
It's a relatively easy exercise to slightly drill out the holes you are talking about and replace the screws with suitable long metal threads (ss if you wish). Been there done that as they do tend to rust with time.

As for the actual unit, having had a 2 burner unit for quite some time they are not exceptional by any means. We gave up trying to get the piezo? ignition to work successfully on one of the burners and they seem to be more susceptible to wind issues than other units I have come across.

If you loose/damage the grommet in the finger hole in the glass top you can forget about simply ringing up for a spare part ... blank looks are the go here.

After 4 years I'm afraid I would only give them 7/10. Personally I think there are better low pressure cooktops on the market, though they may not look quite as flash.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 20:16

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 20:16
Our hard floor camper had a Spinflo 4 burner and grill unit on the slideout kitchen - well built and durable, easy to light (with a wand) BUT the slightest zephyr of wind was it's weak point - cooking in the open is often accompanied by wind and that made life difficult.
Our van has the Smev 4 burner cook top and as you say, those screws get corroded in no time but that is not an issue for me - it's the inability of one or two burners to consistently light with the quite adequate piezo spark.... and if they do light, they won't stay alight when we let go of the gas knob - its a safety / heat detection thing. I've given up on it - we don't need all 4 cookers at once anyway......and of course, the gas cook top at home in the kitchen performs faultlessly, every time, forever.
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Reply By: UnderDax - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 21:46

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 21:46
After fighting blocked jets on dusty roads I bought a Partner Steel regulator controlled (no jets) gas stove direct from the US manufacturer.http://partnersteel.com/prod01.. We bought the 22 inch 2 burner. Very sturdy, so easy to clean, and burners have a great heat range.

My beautiful wife kisses me every time she uses it.
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Reply By: OBJ - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 09:08

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 09:08
You get the same problem with Dometic. I am currently trying to source some 3gauge stainless steel countersunk head threads without much luck so far.

I have a Swedish made SMEG gas stove in the back of my mind as being a likely replacement. I won't be replacing it with anything from China.

As the other posters have mentioned, most seem useless in any sort of windy surroundings. Mine goes out if you speak harshly to it, although I have bought a stainless steel surround that does help a bit.

Good luck with your search.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 18:04

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 18:04
The only stove that I have had that was any good in a breeze, was the original Coleman 2 burner with the segmented burners, don't know why they did away with them.

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