Originally Posted by Scott Berg
Well electricity is generally cheaper to heat water than is diesel, atleast where I live. That said, I dont have a hydronic heater, but I do have a dickinson
bulkhead heater that I plan on integrating into my hot water system and will likely install a hydronic system once I get around to finishing all the other projects.
The main reason i was thinking about heating
the engine was that once the engine was "warm", running a circ pump
to keep at it a stable temp wouldn't cost tooo much energy(atleast i wouldn't think so), especially since my diesel heater runs 24/7 when i'm aboard. The other reason is that I'm fairly convinced that due to the engine being in the aft cabin
, the aft cabin
always struggles to stay warm(even when we had our forced air system running).
On a different note, How do you like your hydronic heater? One of the reasons i've been holding out on installing one is due to the fact that the forced air system I had was wonderful at heating
but completely terrible on fuel
economy and power economy. When "running" it burned roughly 6amps/hr. It did run quite a bit though(often in "low" to maintain the boats temp), but about 4-6 hours per 24hrs it'd be running in medium. What all this means is that the bastard burned around 4 gallons per 24/hours. My dickinson
heater is only burning around 1 gallon a day....