Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-02-2011, 12:05   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Nova Scotia
Boat: Albin Vega 27' Isis
Posts: 7
Dickenson Diesel Heater

Looking for any comments on the Dickenson diesel cabin heaters. Looks a little complicated to run but there would always be fuel on board. Colin ...
__________________

__________________
ColinMurray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 12:19   #2
Registered User
 
nv5l's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Liveaboard
Boat: Allied Luders 33, Hull 98, 1971
Posts: 393
Images: 1
I have the 120, and although it heats up nicely, I always had trouble with it sooting up. I moved it recently so I could have a longer flue -- I think it was getting too much fuel and didn't have enough draw. I need to wait until spring to finish the installation, but hopefully that will fix it.
__________________

__________________
don
NV5L
S/V Aurora
nv5l is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 14:02   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Accross the Sound from Seattle
Boat: Tanton (CT), 44, New Sensation
Posts: 61
We have an older Antartic and find it easy to use and maintain. The only problem we've had is backwinding. We cannot use it under sail or it will backwind at least in our set up. At a dock or at anchor this is not a problem and if we turned on the fan for forced ventilation we could probably use it under sail but we have alternative heat while underway if we need it. We really like the feel of having a fire place on board and it is great even during our NW summers for taking the chill out in the early morning. After the first couple times you light it it will become really easy.
__________________
S/V New Sensation is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 14:09   #4
Registered User
 
Kalinka1's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Toronto
Boat: Heritage 35
Posts: 302
Had one took it out. Too much soot and unable to control it. replaced with an Espar now have forced air heat throughout the boat and loveit.
__________________
Kalinka1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 18:28   #5
Registered User
 
North26West80's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Boat: Downeaster 38 - Ocean Cloud
Posts: 56
No soot here.

I've had the Alaska model for almost 20 years and I love it and have nothing but praise for it. Since coming to Florida it does not get as much use, but I love a cold front when I can go down to the boat and enjoy being aboard with the heater. In the last couple of years there has been a few weeks of 30-40 degree weather and I actually prefer to spend the nights on the boat instead of the house.

Soot? None. And I mean almost zero--not inside the heater or on the deck. I followed the installation instructions carefully and I think flue length is probably the key. I mounted it at the lowest point in the cabin (as recommended for good convective circulation) and the flue length up to the deck is about six feet--maybe a bit longer because I had to offset it with double 45 degree bends to get the stack outboard of the mast.

I feed it from a gravity feed header tank of about one gallon that I fill up daily with a diverter valve from the electric engine fuel pump. It uses about a gallon per 24 hours of running.

The only problems I've had are with old fuel. I can tell when my fuel is getting old (about 4-6 months) by the lack of intensity and color of the flame. I've learned to drain it of fuel completely in the spring because it will gum up the float valve and cause it to stick after about a year. (then you will have big-time soot and other problems)

Because the fuel flow is controlled by an internal float valve, it can be sensitive to heel if you mount it with the wrong orientation. I didn't follow the instructions exactly in this regard, so when sailing if I tack I also have to adjust (tack?) the heater control valve to keep the intensity constant. I don't sail with the rail in the water, so I've never considered it more than a minor problem.

Even at half throttle, it puts out a lot of heat and I usually leave some hatches cracked open to keep comfortable unless the temperature is near freezing. I sleep with it running with no worries, but a few years back I bought a CO2/fire alarm and mounted it nearby just in case. (A household fire alarm that also has a CO2 detector--about $20)

If that is not enough, feel free to post your questions and I'll be glad to respond.
__________________
North26West80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 18:40   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
hpeer's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Boat: Murray 33-Chouette & Pape Steelmaid-44-Safara-both steel cutters
Posts: 3,900
I bought an Adriatic stove for my hunting cabin. It was all electric but the electric keeps going out. Now I trickle charge a battery with a solar panel.

I have used it a few weekends. Sometimes it was as low as 18F when I got there. I still don't have a lot of experience with it but I get the sense that when it is really cold it doesn't want to work real well. I seem to have to keep an eye on it as the cabin heats up. Then when the cabin is warm it seems to run fine. I find it a bit finicky to adjust the float and I don't see a huge difference in the various settings.

There are some old posts around about these guys. Some love em, some don't. I can't tell if it is the stoves act different, poor installation, or operator error. I'm kinda in the middle.

At this point I would not put one in a sailboat. Trawler? Sure!

I put in an Airtronix in both boats. I have the heater running all the time in the new boat. Been running for about 8 weeks now with this darn cold winter we are having.

I have kero (primus type) heaters as a back up though.

2
__________________
hpeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 18:40   #7
Registered User
 
Play Actor's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Cruising the Caribbean
Boat: Baba 35, Play Actor
Posts: 119
We've had an Antacrtic for 22 years now. We used it a lot back when we were cruising the east coast. It always worked well for us, and we used the forced draft fan most of the time, just to avoid any backwinding or soot problems. We haven't used it in the Caribbean,obviously, but it's a nice looking part of our cabin decor, and always has a tea kettle sitting on top. Back when we used it for heat, the kettle added enough humidity to keep all of our interior teak from shrinking, as the heater, properly vented, really dried out the boat.
__________________
Bud Dougherty
Aboard Play Actor
www.voyagesoftheplayactor.blogspot.com
Play Actor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 19:33   #8
Senior Cruiser
 
roverhi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kona, Hawaii, Carlsbad, CA
Boat: 1969 Pearson 35 #108 & 1976 Sabre 28
Posts: 6,006
Send a message via Yahoo to roverhi
Has anyone installed the separate air feed flue to take care of backwind problems. The electric fan should take care of the problem but the separate air intake is totally passive which I like, IF IT WORKS.
__________________
Peter O.
'Ae'a Pearson 35
roverhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 19:55   #9
Registered User
 
North26West80's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Boat: Downeaster 38 - Ocean Cloud
Posts: 56
If you are talking about the flapper valve thing that goes midway up the flue, I have one of those in mine but I'm not sure how much effect it has. I think in really gusty winds it has helped. I only run the fan for a minute or two during startup and sometimes shutdown.
__________________
North26West80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 20:09   #10
Senior Cruiser
 
roverhi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kona, Hawaii, Carlsbad, CA
Boat: 1969 Pearson 35 #108 & 1976 Sabre 28
Posts: 6,006
Send a message via Yahoo to roverhi
No, Dickerson reccomends running a separate 3" pipe with it's own deck iron and Charlie Noble down to the burner to help equalize the pressure above and below deck, if you have a problem with Back Draft. Not sure what the flapper valve you describe does but don't think it's not for Back Draft.
__________________

__________________
Peter O.
'Ae'a Pearson 35
roverhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
diesel

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Diesel Heater tager Liveaboard's Forum 7 05-02-2011 06:17
Diesel Heater Dave in Eugene Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17 28-11-2009 22:33
dickenson diesel heaters ssullivan Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 22 07-09-2008 12:33
FS: Dickenson Lofoten Diesel Heater ssullivan Classifieds Archive 2 29-11-2007 07:42



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:33.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.