Originally Posted by Morgan Paul
Hi Sean, do you mean storing the wood on the "land boat"?
By the way did you have the Little Cod or the Sardine stove on the last boat?
Yes, Paul. I can't store wood on here, due to the much lighter nature of these vehicles vs. a boat. Not only would I end up over GVW, but I would also suffer badly with fuel economy.
I had the Little Cod on my boat and could not have loved it more. It put out REAL heat... "MAN'S heat"... ha ha ha. (Not meant to be sexist... just an expression used jokingly) This Dickenson is like a little toy in comparison. Kind of like using a couple candles to heat your boat.
I know the Cod was rated at 26,000 BTUs or something and this Lofoten is rated at 16,000, so that is a lot of the problem. I'm heating
a similar size space. The Cod would sweat you out when it was zero degrees Farenheight. I was on the cruisers forum typing away with a t shirt and shorts. Now... it's only down to 20 degrees farenheight and I dare not take off my sweats and long sleeve shirt. The Cod was probably overkill, but it was nice to have that extra heat to warm the place up if you had been away.
I digress... I shouldn't compare the two. that's not fair. They are not exactly in the same league due to differing BTU ratings.
A couple people have suggested that you do not want a yellow flame in the Dickinson. I have found the exact opposite in use (and I might be wrong). I have found that if I have the little blue flame on level one (of air and fuel mix), I get almost no heat out of the unit... it behaves something like a little candle, making less heat than the burner of my propane
In order to get a mostly blue flame on higher settings, it is necessary to increase the air flow. When this is done, much of the heat escapes up the chimney in that case, which is highly inefficient.
When I take down the level of air flow a bit, but have the fuel supply fairly high, it produces a nice, clean lemon-yellow flame that is anywhere from 1 inch to 4 inches tall (based on fuel flow setting). When I do this, I get much MUCH more heat out of the unit. This is because my damper is partially closed, creating a slower flow of air through the unit, which allows the hotter air to give up more of its heat before it exits the stove and subsequently, the chimney.
In any case, unless the temperature of the room is between 65 and 80 degrees, I get erratic flows of diesel to the burner as the room varies in temperature - slower fuel flow when colder and faster fuel flow until it reaches about 60-65 degrees, at which time the fuel flow remains constant up through 80 degrees (the max I've had the room).
Does anyone have this problem with the fuel flow?
Question: How often do you all clean out the soot from the burner? I have been keeping it pretty clean, but haven't noticed any degraded performance at all from it being dirty.
Have you all really never had to calibrate the unit to account for different brands of fuel? This might be compounded by the fact that I'm on land with the heater, going from various gas station to gas station, not drawing off a 50 or 100 gallon tank.
Oh yeah... and the Dickenson customer service
is absolutely excellent. No doubt about that. Very personal, very helpful and friendly.