Re: Wood, Diesel or propane bulkhead heating stove?
We went with a dickerson diesel fireplace. Propane was considered but we have limited propane and the heater draws a fair bit; easier to fill diesel tank than lug propane tank and get it filled.
We T'd off a fuel line from one of our main tanks, ran the line to a low pressure pump behind the bulkhead from the fireplace, pump is 12VDC as is the draw fan on the heater.
We built our own heat shield from ceramic tile, but SS plate works well too.
chimney is through the cabin top, advantage with diesel or solid fuel is that the Charlie Noble is removable and hole is filled with a deck plate which resovles issues when offshore or sailing.
Lighting is harder than propane, but not super difficult and takes about 2-3min. Essentially pre heat burn ring while watching and then turn on fuel.
In 5 years of extensive use have never had a soot problem. Lived aboard in NYC and in winter used every day, we vacuumed out burn chamber once a week and same for chimney at end of season.
Dickersen diesel fireplace has a window so the flame is readily visalble and quite attractive.