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Old 16-11-2014, 20:15   #16
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Re: My Final Thoughts Dickinson Heater

While in the military, the MKT's and imertion heaters burned clean when at op temps but smoked below op temps. I agree, sounds like start-up issues not being resolved and compounded by flooding. Good luck.
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Old 26-04-2015, 00:27   #17
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I have been around maybe 20-25 diesel Dickenson heaters in the past 30 years here in BC and never heard of the problems you are having, I donít get it. I know of 5 boats I can think of right now that use the bulkhead mounted diesel burner as thier primary heat source, winter and summer without problems, I think you have a lemon on your boat.
I have to agree with this comment. From what I know about Dickenson's, they need to warm up sufficiently by burning the residual pool of diesel in the bottom of the chamber that you create prior to lighting. If not warmed up, the fuel won't atomize and burn in its efficient state. As the fire starts to go out from lack of fuel, you can turn the fuel back on and it will atomize as soon as it enters the heating chamber. If you leave the fuel on, it will just burn excessive fuel and smoke a lot and be very inefficient. Without knowing your situation, I could be wrong but I have an older Dickenson Antarctic and absolutely love it. It doesn't smoke at all and really throws off the heat. You can tell if the fire is burning correctly because the flame is above the burner ring and in the middle of the superheater.

I realize this threat was a couple years old but I just stumbled across it and am new to the community.
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Old 26-04-2015, 05:00   #18
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, SanJuanTruant.
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Old 04-10-2016, 15:19   #19
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Ahoy there,
I am also considering which heater,s to install in my 44 center cockpit. Becouse I go onto the Boat only when the weather is nice and rarely stay overnight this has not been a pressing issue.

A Friend of mine is a fulltime Livaboarder using Diesel heaters. This is his 4th Boat since we became Friends and I can honestly say every one of his Boats reeked of Diesel fumes and he constantly fiddles arround with the burners to ceep them working. No way that I will do that to myself.

Frankly, for what the cost they should work flawlessly and certainly without smelling up the inside of our Toys.

Cheers and happy Sailing.
What model of "Rotary Fuel Pump" did you get. Looking to do that myself.
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Re: My Final Thoughts Dickinson Heater

Think Espar.
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Think Espar.
Dickinson is much more reliable and economical to run than an Espar!
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