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By the way, do diesel furnace/stoves make the boat smell of diesel? Not having encountered one yet, I can't sniff things out.
I don't know about the new ones but the old diesel heaters and stoves used to smell a lot and they throw off a lot of soot. Even if you are okay with the constant blackening of your boat and sails, your neighbours might not be.

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Diesel stoves and heaters are not all preheated. Look at Wallas, Webasto and Eberspacher. They are electronic with enclosed burners - on a different planet to the Dickensen style. Wallas have the best reputation for reliability and have a cooktop that can have a heater blower accessory added. All these brands have outside exhausts and enclosed burners so if you smell diesel ffuel, you have a leak. If you smell fumes, you have put your exhaust in the wrong place. They are safe to use overnight as long as there are no exhaust leaks. These types are also very efficient and are not dangerous.
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Oops forgot to mention, These types burn the fuel completely so if you get soot, you have an installation or user problem. Under normal use there is NO visible smoke output from the exhaust.
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diesel stove/heater...

This looks like a dead discussion but I'm sure that someone other than me is cold....
I bought my boat with propane installed (she is a 1967 nicole trimaran - cedar strips over a light frame and (now) covered in west marine epoxy and glass... I have had boats with alcohol, wood (pellet) and propane heaters before Ceil... all of them have issues but the common theme is 'wet'. All these fuels dump water into your cabin. No way around it, it's part of what they are and do. When I bought Ceil I decided to try a diesel stove and bought a wallas diesel. I decided to try it because it functions both as a cook-top AND as a forced air heater... the forced air part is important because it means that the hot air is blown into the cabin, not just over the heater. In addition, the diesel is completely isolated from the cabin air - the stove vents all combustion out an insulated through-hull (above the waterline) so you don't EVER get a diesel smell. It works really well and when I did need service they (Scanmarine) were very helpful. The cook-top works great (though I do use a small propane if I am just boiling coffee water as it heats up faster) for most cooking purposes.
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Diesel stoves work well on any boat that does not heel (much). Because they are not gimballed they do not work well on most monohulls.

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Big help is to insure carb is for/aft with fire pot.Uphill and downhill when heeling will dampen your enthusiasm. Took a while to learn its idiosyncrasyies but my Dickinson has been great for 25 years. Just don't turn it too low.
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