I have an 8inch wood stove
and the heat is great. You do need to pay attention to installation
and to watch where the flue is sighted. Through deck
flue is no problem with the right fitting but some form of flue guard needs to be fitted below deck
if there is ANY risk of someone falling against it or using it as a handhold. Downdraft caused by sails
or deck structures can be a problem depending on flue position. I find that charcoal briquettes are excellent as an easily carried fuel
and one charge will stay alight for 4-6hrs. Wood
is great at anchor
but hard to carry on passage
and coal is messy and smelly compared to charcoal and does not seam to work
as well on very small stoves. Don't use anthracite briquettes without a special grate, great fuel
but burns hot enough to melt cast steel
(I speak from experience here).
When sizing a stove
for year round live aboard don't be fooled by claims like 'suitable for a 45ft boat' they are often rated for a chilly summer evening not when its sub zero outside. In the UK I used the 1.5-2Kw per cubic meter as a guide. Worked out well, I only need to open the hatch
occasionally to let heat out!
Very dry heat
Very high output for there size (which is why you need to think about instillation and protecting adjacent surfaces!)
Great 'focus', there is nothing like sitting around a wood stove on a winters night with your fav tipple!
Other than a seasonal coat of blacking they are essentially maintenance
free (but need cleaning
and tending in use)
to run (free if you collect wood)
They smell of wood smoke not Kerosene (very big plus for me) and nobody ever got seasick from smelling wood!!!
They need cleaning
They take 15-20 min to get up to full heat and you have to light them not just press a button.