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Old 16-04-2011, 07:58   #31
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Re: Having a Fireplace Onboard

I have a Paul E. Luke fireplace on my 39 ft sailboat. We used to burn wood & charcoal in it. I found it messy to carry charcoal and clean up the dust. Also, charcoal is capable of spontaneous combustion when damp. It has a smokestack with a Charlie Noble. There was some minor problem with soot on deck and sails. Luke converted it to propane, and we use it fairly often in the winter (we carry a lot of propane). Much cleaner this way. Very cozy.

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Old 17-04-2011, 05:15   #32
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Re: Having a Fireplace Onboard

Just for a bit of fun, but it could be done!

However on a serious note for insulating a fireplace from the walls look into HEBEL
a lightweight masonry (tech talk called Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) it is often used to insulate free standing fire places against timber walls. It is very lightweight (You'll be shocked how light) and it just glues together , it can be shaped very easily, cut with a hand saw and has great insulation properties. Hebel blocks are non-combustible and have an FRL of 4 hours

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Old 19-04-2011, 06:40   #33
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Re: Having a Fireplace Onboard

Many years ago I had an Edey & Duff Stonehorse that had a tiny cast iron wood stove. It was wonderful in Spring and Fall in Northern New England. I generally burned charcoal. One had to be quite careful with the ash, or it would make a real mess. Eventually the cast iron stove rusted to the point that I replaced it with a solid fuel Dickinson Newport heater which worked well for the next few years until I sold the boat.

The Newport is available in diesel and propane versions, too.

A woodstove or fireplace is great for drying yourself and the interior of the boat out after spending all day in cold rain.
There isn't any problem with adding moisture below, as the combustion products go up the stack. (If they don't, you have much bigger problems than damp.)
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Old 19-04-2011, 07:21   #34
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Re: Having a Fireplace Onboard

I have seen a boats with fireplaces - most of them British.

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I know it is an old thread, but came upon it as I was searching to re-tile the front of my Simpson-Lawrence fireplace on my 1966 Ted Hood Auxiliary Racing Sloop (Hood 43). There are certainly newer technologies, but old still works really well.

I started using it in earnest this fall and have found it is very effective to create a warm and comfortable cabin. Located in the main cabin,it backs up to the head with venting that turns the closed head into a great drying room.

I have burnt wood (bulky) and compressed logs (not hot enough, lots of ash and smokey) but have found charcoal briquettes to be the most convenient and hottest so far. Will be trying lump charcoal next season.

I do have smoke and CO detectors in place and would not leave it unattended for prolonged periods, but it has been a great way to extend my season by being able to warm the boat at anchor.
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Old 25-10-2013, 00:19   #36
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Re: Having a Fireplace Onboard

I have a fireplace on my boat, works great......

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Reb Blanchard.

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