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Old 12-10-2018, 05:26 PM   #21
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PSN makes a good point....but I have such a hard time willingly starting a fire on a boat. I don't even allow candles in my home. I know that it is a manageable risk, and I am totally illogical about it.... I just couldn't do it.
I guess I am a scaredy cat for I do not allow an open flame except to light my cigars. No extra magnets in the pilot house either.
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:02 PM   #22
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Yep, scaredy cats...understand and practice risk management and all kinds of things in life become manageable.

While I wouldn't suggest a wood burner for a small boat as a full time heat source for a variety of reasons, danger isn't even slightly on the radar as a reason.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:04 PM   #23
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Dickinson oil stove, Webasto, and a fireplace. Run coils through the oven and Webasto. We are toasty
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Old 12-11-2018, 03:30 AM   #24
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It's going into a steel boat, and in all honesty, CO2 poisoning concerns me more than fire.

The wood /coal burner is not the prime source of heating , but it is nice to make the most of it when it does get used.
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:39 AM   #25
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Paul Luke used to make delightful wall mounted fire places out of soapstone

They would warm a modest cabin easily.

Shipmate made far less expensive units in SS , but at least they still had a mica window to watch the fire , cozy.

As emergency heat , or just for a cool (or romantic) evening mounting it at the foot of the double bed worked great.

For all night heat a feeding of charcoal left no mess on the deck as coal might.


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Manny, are you putting that stove on a narrowboat? From what I know that is very common there.
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:51 PM   #27
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We had a wood/charcoal heater on Shalimar, our 42 foot ketch. It worked well and it had super ambiance. The issues were disposal of ash, on board storage of wood and charcoal, and we did have a few incidents where the charcoal got wet. What a mess. It dissolves into a black soppy powder. If it were I, I think diesel is a better answer.
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Hi Manny, We're on the BC coast in Canada and have a 34' CHB which has a diesel Espar furnace which is great. We also have a small Dickinson solid fuel stove in main salon on bulkhead to port above settee. Around here, we also heat our home with wood, so when collecting firewood, there's always a good supply of small dia. branches that I cut into 4" lengths. The fireplace gives a nice DRY heat...same as in our home. I squirrel the firewood away on boat, but admittedly does take up room and you do need to tend to the stove fairly frequently. I do like it though. For you in Scotland, maybe firewood is less plentiful? I have no experience with coal, don't even know where you'd get that here, but maybe a preferred solid fuel over there? What type of boat do you have?
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We have a Dutch steel, ex fishing trawler conversion, wee bit bigger than your average narrowboat
On the west coast of Scotland, fire wood is plentiful, as is coal and peat.

I have a reflex diesel heater that is big enough to heat a cabin, but like the idea of a wood stove with back boiler to heat radiators, water and the engine.

The wood stove will not be the only source of heat, we will use the engine ( Gardner 8l3b) and a diesel fired boiler.
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"but like the idea of a wood stove with back boiler to heat radiators, water and the engine."

Depending on how its constructed be sure you can operate the wood stove with NO water in the heating system.

An added tank on the top or side is usually no problem , but internal tubing in the fire can be a hassle.
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All the pellet stoves I know of need forced air to burn. ..
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I'd go for one of these (in our house) but my wife thinks it looks ugly. I think it looks beautifully efficient and purpose built, and it can hold two bags of pellets in the hopper at the back:

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I'd go for one of these (in our house) but my wife thinks it looks ugly. I think it looks beautifully efficient and purpose built, and it can hold two bags of pellets in the hopper at the back:

Women and men see beauty totally different. I agree with you. Nice unit.
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