In an effort to extend comfortable cruising into the winter here on Puget Sound
, I am planning to install a Force 10 diesel/kerosene heater
in my ancient Cal 28
I have studied carefully many of the pros/cons of propane
and have decided that for my application, the low-volatility of diesel
trumps the convenience of propane
. I fully understand that the Force 10 burner is unforgiving of poor adjustment/maintenance, however I am pretty familiar with the care and feeding of liquid-fuel burners thanks to several decades of cooking
on backpacking stoves over the years. Most of the negative Force 10 kerosene/diesel experiences I read about alluded to mis-adjustment or insufficient preheating of the burner unit prior to lighting
, causing flare-ups, excessive soot, etc.
That being said, I am left with the problem of location of the stove
within the cabin
. I am confident that with the help of my local fabricator, I can achieve the necessary smooth run of chimney pipe, with at least 30" of exposed SS exhaust
between the heater
body and the cabin
roof. Likewise, siting the requisite diesel pressure tank is a non-issue.
The conventional mounting location appears to be the bulkhead near the mast compression
post (see A in diagram), however this would sacrifice one of the precious few seats around my U-shaped settee in the main cabin. I would much rather give up my hanging locker just the other side of the bulkhead in the head
area, where I could build in a ceramic-tiled 'nook' to house the heater and provide a comfortable spacing between heater and surrounding cabinetry (B). This location also allows for a longer run of the SS chimney pipe, presumably transferring more heat to the surrounding air. I would employ a 12V fan to move the hot air out of the forward part of the cabin into the main salon
, however it is unlikely that anyone sitting in the main area would feel any of the direct radiative effects of the heater.
Does the Force 10 heater provide most of its benefit in radiated heat, or can I locate the unit slightly away from the main cabin and effectively distribute the hot air throughout the cabin using a capable fan?
Thanks all for any insights, especially from those with experience with this particular model/application.