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Old 24-10-2015, 04:17   #16
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Re: Gravity fed Taylors heater while sailing?

Just for the info (from memory) the dickenson stove was a lofoten, with a side mounted valve, so it sat for and aft. We often lit it in Usuaia, sailed to antarctica and back, for a 24 day voyage, then shut it down for a clean when we got back to Usuaia. The thing ran continuously at sea and at anchor without any drama's. If we got any real bad weather I would have shut it down. I can't recall having any problems with it other than it getting coked up and smoking once that a good clean fixed. I wouldn't leave a boat unattended with it running, but we usually went to sleep with it ticking over.

The other boat was a 64 foot schooner with a sig stove if I recall correctly, unfortunately no balance draft fitted. we used it at sea on the way to south america to dry out the boat . it worked fine for a few days until we adjusted the main staysail and ended up with a cloud of acrid smoke belching out the heater and coughing crew gagging as they ran on deck. We decided the boat was dry enough so we shut it down..

My old pressurised kerosine taylors heater worked fine. I never used it sailing, but would have been comfortable to do so if I was cold. It probably would have been hard to prime with the boat rolling, spilling meths would be an issue, but once lit it would work fine.

I sometimes ran for a day or so without issues at anchor. I didn't leave the boat with it on, or sleep with it on, It needed occasional re-pressurisation, about every 2 hours or so, depending on how full the tank was. I thought it was a great unit, and it burnt very clean, with a small flue (1 inch). It really dried out the boat, and pumped out the heat, certainly on my small folkboat type boat.

Just be careful if you strip it down as there may be some asbestos lagging in the top.



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