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Old 12-08-2015, 14:14   #1
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Wood Heat or The Ship of Theseus

Is it winter again ? I really miss my woodstoves of which I had several. I've had an Olympic, A Nepture 2, a Gypsy, and a small 'cabin heater' type model on my boats. I've heated throughout the winter with scap lumber and hardwood pallets. Spent many winter mornings boiling water and drinking coffee watching the snow fall, trapped inside my little wooden igloo.

I have looked at several options for placing a wood stove in my current boat, but really, there isn't the space and I'm not sure I want wood pieces and smoke in the cabin. I guess it's just not that kind of boat. And it feels like a loss.

I was talking to a fisherman the other day who told me that when he was young he didn't have the nicest boat and the electrical system wasn't very reliable. He told me he used an oil lantern for light. And that now decades later he still would use an oil lantern when anchored out. Not even considering electricity even though his boat was newer and modern. Just because.

So I can't have a wood stove but I can have an oil lamp. And maybe that's what I carry on from my past boats. Now when the early night of the northwest comes, I can light my little cabin with my oil lamp and the fire that once warmed me now gives me light to see by.

While I read cruisersforum in the heat of my electrically remote controlled heater drinking starbucks double chocolate from my electric kettle.
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Old 12-08-2015, 14:25   #2
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Re: Wood Heat or The Ship of Theseus

There is something calming in a very primal sense in a flame. Last winter, I was going through an enormously hard time emotionally and I used to move my bed from the v birth into the main cabin, watching the flame of my diesel heater burn until I fell asleep.

It helped.
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Old 12-08-2015, 14:48   #3
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Re: Wood Heat or The Ship of Theseus

The noise as well. I remember that. Waking up at night and hearing the sound of the fire. When it's that cold outside it's reassuring that the heat is still going. ESPECIALLY ! about an hour before you have to get out of bed. !
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