looks like a great option for overnights, weekends, or short coastal hops. A few nights on anchor
, definitely. I for one would love to have a wood stove
and I may end up getting or making one. But replenishing the firewood could be a hassle, and storing a reasonable amount would present a problem in the long term. How many gallons of diesel
equal a cord of firewood, in BTU radiated inside the boat
? I don't think there is any contest, there. A wood stove
is simple, and can be made pretty cheap
by a handy DIYer who can weld. That is one plus for wood, as well as the cheery glow of the fire through a window. So overall I say diesel
is more practical, but more expensive to install. Wood is more aesthetically pleasing and that can be important, too.
I will point out that wood fires are strictly forbidden in my marina and I am sure in many others. So there is that. Imagine, someone smells smoke, in a marina holding several hundred boats, and wooden piers. The potential for frenzied panic is real. Of course at the dock
, a couple of electric
heaters can pick up the slack, anyway.