Ah well, I've just extricated myself from CanalWorld forums and what do I do but go and sign up to this one, recommended to me by a fellow boater a while back. I hope it's the right place... my interest is specifically paraffin and I notice that I've acquired quite a collection of appliances, which I hope to learn more about through your forum. This all started when I achieved my dream and acquired a 1937 Grand Union Large Woolwich narrow boat - completely gas free of course, all cooking and heating by solid fuel; not so great in the summer. So my first acquisition was a boxed 1956 Monitor stove, which I used quite happily last year, but it was frustrating getting it to light sometimes. So someone recommended getting a Beatrice stove, and somehow we ended up with two, a single 33 (which I see from your gallery was designed for heating an iron; how come their clothes weren't all covered in soot?) and a double which I have been using on a recent month-long trip, with good results (apart from the soot). On this trip we met up with the chap who'd recommended the Beatrice and he mentioned that he'd spotted a Rippingilles stove at Newark market. Having scouted out some pictures we decided we had to go and have a look and promptly bought it. That's going in my other half's newly acquired boat, a 1937 33' wooden cruiser, Dunkirk Little Ship. So looking around the kitchen, not to mention the boats, I conclude that I have acquired a collection of paraffin stoves (and lamps, but we'll leave them for now) and thought I should join the forum. Am I the only female?