I have a dickerson alaskan diesel
heater that works great tied to the dock
or at anchor
. It works under sail too -most of the time- sometimes the wind
gusts blow the damn thing out and smoke out (choke,choke) the salon
- which is always exciting!
I've been sailing, fishing
, delivering, living on boats for 45 years and I havent found the perfect stove yet. I havent tried a propane
heater yet -cooking stove, of course but not propane heater.
How about condesation? Out side of blowing myself up, this is my main concern.
The nice thing about diesel
is the dry heat they produce -along with the fumes. And you're not likely to blow up. I would prefer wood but it's too much of a hassel to keep it supplied and no one that I know of builds one out of stainless that is worth a damn (except me but I'm too lazy to do it)
Now, as far as fans go - I think I've got that one licked. I shelled out $40 for a fan called "oh, too cool!" West Marine
had one on sale
It's a foot sqaure, has a good base and a handle, runs on ac/dc/batteries/w -hi & lo settings. I have it hanging, laying flat in my sky light and it silently blows all the hot air back down tho the floor where it belongs. It runs so quiet that I forget to turn it off. Of course I can't hear worth a damn -Jimmy ear!
I'd sure like to hear more about propane heaters. I'm on a 48' boat with alot of room to heat up down below. Do they make one big enough to do any good?
I'm not too worried about blowing myself up - I figure if it was gonna happen, it would of long ago when I was young and stupid (as apposed to being senile and stupid?)