Re: Wood, Diesel or propane bulkhead heating stove?
I set my stove up for fire brick, but never felt the need to use it, nor saw any advantage to carrying the extra weight, in the last 35 years. 1/8th inch stainless is all you need.
Friends, cruising the Gulf Islands in an Ericson 37 use $280 worth of oil a month in winter, almost my entire cost of cruising. My fire wood is free. Takes 15 minutes to round up a weeks supply from the beach. A cheap chainsaw makes it much easier. I get up to 14 hours burning time on a load of wood. I'd much rather be gathering firewood, than working a steady job to pay for oil, etc. Gathering wood is a far more pleasant way to spend time.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"