Originally Posted by Rex Delay
For what it is worth, a neighbor of mine and a liveaboard
had a wood stove in her previous boat. All was well except battles with downwind neighbors due to smoke issues and soot until one night. Sometime in the wee hours she heard a loud bang, got up to investigate and found nothing, no person on the docks. Went back to sleep and later was awaken by her smoke detector. Her 1928 wood cruiser was on fire. Problem dealt with. Next morning found a dead bird on deck
- a duck, perhaps a seagull (don't remember which) had flown into her chimney in the middle of the night and died in the process. Problem being that upon impact, the chimney parted company at the deck
joint and the deck caught fire as a result. Wood heat is not a good idea on a boat.
While I have no desire to use a solid fuel
heater, saying that it is bad to use a solid fuel
heater because a bird could fly into the chimney is a poor reason not to use one. One can use low probability failures to condemn any kind of heater you could put on your boat.