Originally Posted by kimberlite
I am considering installing an espar d5 air heater on kimberlite. anyone have a problem with their heater. what maintenance is required and what spares should i have? fair winds eric
Caveat: Very limited time using a diesel
furnace for cabin heating
I chartered a Nordic
Tug 32 out of Juneau two years ago. The boat had a diesel
furnace, but it also a "bus heater" where generator
water would be used to provide cabin
heat. The hot water
heater was powered by 110V via the generator
, or main engine
I found the diesel furnace to be LOUD in this installation
, as well as on another I heard on a marine
patrol boat. The furnace was much louder than the generator. The generator made a soft low rumble we could barely discern, while the furnace roared at about the same volume and frequencies as speech, obliterating the ability to comfortably carry on a conversation.
Since we needed the generator from time to time anyway (110V service
, microwave, hot water
, recharge the laptop
, cameras, and phones, ...) we found we generally just turned on the generator when we wanted to warm the boat up, even if just for 10 to 30 minutes at a time.
I did see many people with diesel furnaces up there, including on outboard
boats that had special diesel installations just for the diesel furnaces. So they do have quite a following in the field.
I was just surprised that using the generator to heat the boat was a more pleasant option.