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Old 14-06-2009, 13:43   #31
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The problem with pellets is they must remain very dry. Could be an issue on a boat. Plus the BTU per fuel stored is probably not very good compared to other fuels.
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Old 22-08-2009, 19:55   #32
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We finally got the kinks worked out in the installation of the Cabin heater and it is working great!
Where did you run the ducting?
How much current is it drawing?
Does the case get very warm to touch?
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Old 24-08-2009, 11:30   #33
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after two winters living aboard our 29ft C&C in Newfoundland heating our boat with electric fan heaters using shore power, This winter I shall be making a solid fuel heater for the boat.

This will be made from a propane bottle with a door cut into the side and a chimney up through the roof. I recently met a French guy in St Pierre who had made a heater like this and it worked very efficiently and kept his boat very warm.

There is always free wood around!
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Old 24-08-2009, 12:40   #34
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Boat US surveys say these are the number one specific source of boat fires! Most boat fires are electrically ignited (80%). These heaters are maybe the most poorly built products on the market. But they are cheap so get a few! They don't hold up to the duty cycle of heating an exterior environment. Most residential heaters don't hold up on a boat. It's the wiring that causes the fire not the heat from the heater. Save it for that back room in the house that gets a bit chilly. It's what they do best.

If your boat starts on fire there is a very small chance they won't cut the dock lines and shove it loose. It's the first thing any dock master does with a boat fire. Once the fiberglass starts to burn it's all over. The heat and smoke are amazing. It takes a long time to put the fire out at that point. You get to pay to have the hull hauled and disposed of. Boat fires are not trivial.
Pblais: Thanks for the "head up" on the oil-filled electric heaters. I won't leave mine on again while off the boat!
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Old 26-08-2009, 17:49   #35
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i used a space heater similar to so pac brand for a bit--until the 3000w genny i used to run it flamed out---kat told me by biting my elbow very very hard that there was a problem but i didnt know kat talk until i got a fone call from a friend that my bbq was flaming nicely--i put out the fire and i will not again use a heater on my boat--i do use my kerosene lamps wisely and they do make a difference...i was very very lucky.....
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a kerosene lamp may help take the chill out of the air where you are zeehag but here in BC winters we need a little extra help most of the time my dickenson propane heater works great but when we get those excessive cold snaps i use a caframo cabin heater or an radiated oil heater to keep the boat warm.
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a kerosene lamp may help take the chill out of the air where you are zeehag but here in BC winters we need a little extra help most of the time my dickenson propane heater works great but when we get those excessive cold snaps i use a caframo cabin heater or an radiated oil heater to keep the boat warm.
i have a dickinson diesel heater and i have a force 10 propane cabin heater---neither is installed and they are seeking new homes ....i plan on going to warmer waters....neither is an electric space heater.......
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Re: Best Heater for a 30-Footer?

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Old 20-08-2012, 21:14   #39
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Re: Best Heater for a 30-Footer?

This looks interesting... The ceramic heaters work well but are energy pigs, Envi's 450 watt max would be an attractive consideration. Hope these unit's perform well.
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I use a force 10 propane and love it, have to keep it turned down low so I can sleep at night. Great for cold night passages. Michael..
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Re: Best Heater for a 30-Footer?

The only problem with electric heaters is they aren't vented to the outside. They don't dry out the boat like a vented heater will. Lived a winter in Norfolk with electric heaters and every surface in the boat was coated with condensation once the temps dropped much below 50 degrees. For a quick, unobtrusive way to generate heat, they will probably work fine. Would still go for some kind of vented propane, diesel, or wood burning heater if you are living aboard where it gets cold.
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Re: Best Heater for a 30-Footer?

We heated a 42 ft steel boat stem to stern with a dickerson diesel stove with a water heating coil installed by the company. We used a 80 gal insulated hot water tank and a pump system to run the hot water to bus heaters in each compartment, except the salon where the heater was installed. It kept us warm from Alaska, to Peru, and in the cold water aroung japan!! worked for years with only minor upkeep! just sayin if your handie ya can make a system that will keep ya toasty warm !!!
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Re: Best Heater for a 30-Footer ?

What about those wall mount Catalytic Heater's? They burn propane, & look like a mini fireplace when lit. Also they say they put out zero emission.
Anyone use those? They seem like a good option.
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80 gallon hot water tank?? Where'd you put it, Bob...on its own set of davits?
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What about those wall mount Catalytic Heater's? They burn propane, & look like a mini fireplace when lit. Also they say they put out zero emission.
Anyone use those? They seem like a good option.
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Without being vented, they will cause condensation. What about carbon monoxide, That would make a little nervous...Michael..
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