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Old 08-29-2006
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In our last two boats we have had the Dickinson propane fired fireplace cabin heater. While not as efficient as the espar types, it is much more trouble-free. This particular model (P-900 or P-1200 - the number is BTU output) has a dual flue, pulls combustion air from outside and vents flue gases outside as well so there is no condensation issue whatsoever. There is a built in fan that, though noisy at high speed, greatly enhances the effectiveness of the heater.
Another plus is that the flame is visible throught the sealing front door, giving a very pleasant ambience in the cabin as well as the warmth. We have the p-900 on a 34 footer - but might have chosen the 1200 btu model in hindsight.

here's the link to this heater. It's clean, its safe and it's compact and relatively inexpensive.
http://www.dickinsonmarine.com/shop5...p?catalogid=30

After looking at dozens of used boats over the last few years, while many had espars installed, most seemed to be out of commission.

Last edited by Faster; 08-29-2006 at 03:13 PM.
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