Nice work Dennison... always find your blog informative and nicely done.
I have a few shots so far of my installation of a new Shipmate and hope to post here when the installation is complete.
Used concrete backer board with the correct spacing all around. Have yet to get the copper sheeting together as an overlay on that but should be happening soon. My installation is inset into a former cabinet space in a way that is a bit hard to explain but this has allowed me to lay a 3/4" piece of stone across the opening in the counter top about two ft. above the stove... retains the heat really well, a great place to set my morning coffee when the fire is on. I just started cooking
on the stove and have been pleased to find that even in SoCal it's cool enough to use it that way in the evenings and early A.M..
Also instead of the traditional moated deck
iron I bought Shipmate's Shellback deck
iron. Have been REALLY happy with how simple the installation was and how effectively it cools. Take a look:
ShipMate Stove Company Inc. - your source for classic solid fuel boat stoves, heaters and sinks.
I was thinking of buying
some of the insulating spackle (I forget the actual name of it) which allows for burning coal. I figure that even if I am not burning coal that often it will provide extra protection for the firebox.
John... might be worth it. Might check the weight with Navigator so as to calculate shipping
... not sure they are very heavy those Sardines.