woodburners are great - at times
seagypsiewoman, you've got to check out marinestove.com web site, these foks make some of the coolest solid fuel stoves around! We have an Espar diesel hydronic heater, and a Dickinson Antarctic diesel heater aboard our 41' Out Island (we live in Port Townsned, WA). We gave serious thought to a "wood stove", having lived with one for 14 years in Montana as our only source of heat. If you are planning on living aboard full time in cold climes, a solid fuel stove has some major drawbacks (firewood brings in dirt and bugs, running out of wood occurs during the worst part of the storm - unless you have a lot of wood storage aboard, the stove must be tended constantly or it goes out and the cold comes in, etc...). If however you're looking for a source of occasional dry heat for chilly evenings, a small wood stove is the ultimate traditional heater (get one with a glass front, it's very romantic!).
As for us, we love our Dickinson diesel stove. We use a 2 gallon gravity tank to feed it so it uses no electric power and produces no odor inside while it's running. Our more expensive and complicated Espar will be removed this spring, and we will be installing a small woodstove in our aft cabin (probably a Dickinson). Enjoy!
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