Originally Posted by jongleur
I've tried wood, Presto logs
Sterno. Drawbacks to all of them.
The Sterno I liked, because it's
easy to store and clean burning,
but it doesn't put out much heat.
Is there a larger Sterno type fuel?
What do others with a Dickenson
solid fuel cabin
heater burn in theirs?
I had a Dickenson solid fuel heater inline with my diesel
drip heater on another boat years ago.
To take the chill off in the morning, any of the self lighting
logs [e.g., Presto, etc.] did the trick. I sawed them into ~3" lengths.
For longer fires that require less tending, find a source that makes the ~2" diameter compressed logs
that are dense like wood pellets. They won't self light, so you need to get a fire going before adding a chunk of these highly compressed logs (big wood pellets really...) that will burn the longest, but you will never get an overnight fire in a firebox that size...
You might even buy a bag of wood pellets for pellet stoves. [They look like rabbit feed pellets...] Typically you need a small, sturdy perforated metal basket to hold the pellets in the stove so they burn slowly and don't roll out when you open the door to feed more fuel...
You can likely buy all of the above in WA at any home box store [e.g., Lowes, etc.]
Best wishes keeping the chill off.
PS: Some even burn coal in those stoves, but you need a source for good clean coal. Search this forum for past discussions on using coal if you are interested in learning