I am getting ready to move aboard my sailboat in January, not the best timing however no choice. I have been researching various brands of bulkhead diesel
fueled heaters and have narrowed it down to the Dickinson Newport
or the Dickinson
The Sig's balanced draft
flue system has the advantage over the Newport
by allowing the addition of an air intake flue to be connected to the bottom of the stove that allows combustion air to be drawn from the outside of the boat. The advantage in theory, being less chance of creating a negative pressure inside the cabin
and reducing potential backdrafts, oxygen depletion, improved combustion etc.
The Newport is a much nicer looking heater that the Sig and the fireplace window would certainly be charming when there is a foot of snow on the cabin
. Also many internet
postings from cold weather
live aboards that have been very satisfied for years with the single
flue set up. The Sig looks like a big cheese grater. So the question is does the balanced draft
feature increase the perfomance of the Sig so significantly that it trumps, the beauty, charm and warmth of the Dickinson Newport?