We're planning to yank our nav table and rebuild
the space around a diesel
heater (probably Dickinson's "Alaska" model) with day tank and some storage
in the space that remains.
My question is this: Adhering of course to the specs for clearance around the heater, what do you recommend for a heat shield? We have been debating the mertis of 1) a stainless heat shield with adequate airspace behind it, or 2) a ceramic tile surround.
The heater will be recessed in a cabinet space, so the heat shield will cover three sides plus the surface underneath the heater.
We think a tile surround would look unique and would also require less space than stainless and the requisite airspace, leaving more room for the adjacent storage
. Tiles would also remain warm for a while after the heater is turned off. Any comments? Does anyone out there have a tile surround for their heater? Better yet, can you share photos? I assume we'd have to mount the tiles on Durock or something like it, but what weighs the least with the most amount of heat resistance?
We'd appreciate your input!
(If it helps visualization, imagine a standard nav table space about 3' wide on a sailboat. From the sole up we'll build a 10-12" tall locker the whole width of the space. This creates a flat base and leaves about a 3' cube of empty space. We'll build a deep top-access locker along the back half of that space. Then in the remaining space, we'll build down the left narrow width but long drawers and then mount the heater on the right side).