Hey Skylark - I have that exact same heater. Do you know where I could grab a manual for it?
To add to this thread, we did some rough and tumble passages over the last two weeks and here's how the diesel
- don't use liquid parrafin ("lamp oil") as a primer. it stinks, smokes, flames, and isn't hot enough.
- it doesn't work all that well underway in a lot of wind
, or when tacking / gybing. There's something happening with the air flow dynamics that can cause, occasionally, the wind
to be forced down the "out" hole, which kills the flame, and produces *a lot* of smoke, a decent amount of which ends up in the cabin
. That's with the door shot tight and properly. Obviously the vast majority of the smoke goes out the vent pipes, but just enough get squeezed out into the cabin
to cause the portholes needing to be opened to vent, which of course is the last thing you want to do when it's cold enough to need to run the heater.
Big wind anchored, no problem. We even had big wind underway for a good ten hours with no problems. But then we tacked, the staysail swung across and I think caused a bit of a vacuum on deck
, just enough to cause suction on the intake, and poof, flame out.