I have a Simpson Lawrence
fireplace onboard Siren Song, my 1966 Ted Hood
I primarily use charcoal briquettes because of convenience, compact storage
and they generate nice heat, which is essential to have good convection to keep the smoke out of the cabin
I will occasionally burn wood, usually drift wood if I am running low on charcoal...burns hot, but really fast. Have also tried a few other fuels...lump charcoal (lots of popping) and pressed wood (very smokey). I would certainly use some nice dense hardwood chunks if it presented itself.
It throws off a ton of heat, once started very little smoke and makes my boat a very popular spot on a cool fall evening.
One nice bonus to my setup is that the fire place backs up onto the head
and turns it into a great wet locker to dry things out...and keeps the seat warm.
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