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Old 03-09-2014, 11:14   #1
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Smell from Diesel Heater

I'm debating between a propane or diesel bulkhead heater, probably Dickinson. I was told by a vendor that installing the diesel one will always result in some amount of fuel smell. I hate diesel smell but wonder if one could eliminate it with a careful installation.

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Old 03-09-2014, 12:42   #2
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Re: Smell from Diesel Heater

We recently installed a Wallas DT-40- no smell. I think any of the forced air heaters will be similar.

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Old 03-09-2014, 15:42   #3
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Re: Smell from Diesel Heater

I run a kerosene bulkhead heater. I don't find it objectionable.

I have a Dickenson stove in a cabin, fine there but not for my boat.

Perhaps you can run kero through a diesel bulkhead heater, if it's a pressure primus) type and not a "pot burner".

Kero is cleaner and smells less.
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Re: Smell from Diesel Heater

Propane is quick to light and cleaner burning. Unfortunately, it will go through bottles fairly quickly when you really need it. So its suitability depends on your use and where you venture on how practical it would be. Most places, propane is not convenient to the docks so schlepping bottles to and from the boat can get to be a major PITA. That could dictate how far from civilization you can go and how long you can stay away.

Diesel heaters take more care and maintenance but fuel is readily available and easy to store. Loading up on Gerry Jugs full of diesel you could stay away from civilization for a long time even in the arctic. For that reason, went with diesel though haven't gotten anywhere where I need it, yet.
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