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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

We live aboard in Maine and use a combination of heaters. In the winter we have a diesel fired furnace that is capable of producing on demand hot water(I will add a HE soon). It is a hydronic type with multiple zones. It pump a Propolene glycol mixture through the boat to small radiators with 12v fans that blow air through them. It works very well to keep us toasty in our Maine winters. It is completely 12v so we also use it at anchor during our extended 7 month sailing season here.

At dock in the Spring and Fall we use our Mermaid reverse cycle AC/heater. It runs on 110 and can be powered by our engine driven 5k genset if needed.

Our stove is Propane. No complaints and very safe if properly maintained and operated.

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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

I believe the OP was referring to pressurized fuel?

There are differences, as the non-pressurized (drip) stoves are large and will need a big chimney and cannot be gimballed.

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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

If installed correctly, can a diesel heater be used in the big nasties? (BIG waves and wind?) or is back drafting so bad the interior becomes a CO death zone?

You are mentioning drip systems and pressurized. Are most of the Heaters drip systems?

What is a barometric damper?

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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

My diesel furnace does not suffer backdraft and can be used in big seas. It has a dedicated intake with a blower that promotes the movement of combusted gases out through the exhaust in the transom.

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Got it Treilly... good thoughts and copied for the future. "Out through the transom" how cool is that.
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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

A barometric damper is a piece of stove pipe that has a flapper in which helps keep the draft pressure constant.

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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

If the carb is placed in line fore and aft with the burner they can stand a bit of heel without choking or dieing .Dickensen has all the parts and info. If you change fuel ie stove, diesel like we do in cold places, you can adjust the float level for different SG.If it boils your tank add a length of radiating pipe or heater and fan .Hot water runs uphill and may need a vapour vent if its a closed system. Turning the heat too low is inviting a load of soot. Love my Adriatic.
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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

I have a oil cookstove and it is not for regular diesel . They sell what they call lite fuel oil in Nova Scotia for these stoves an we have a 75 gallon tank that heating oil company will fill from a separate tank on their truck. They only carry it in the fall and early winter. No one sells it for cash an carry out say in 5 gallon cans.The heating oill company's won't do small amounts In cans.They insist that the stove is designed to run on this diesel lite they sell. Its a Torrid cookstove/heater . They told me neither diesel or kerosene should be put in as ones too lite an the other too heavy.Said experiment mixing the two starting 50/50 or so till it runs good. I'm not sure of any of these claims they make an would like advice on mixing oils or if I even have too.New to this stove an would like to run it just as backup with few 5 gallon cans a year if there's a blackout.So looking forword to your help and ideas .Thanks Chuck
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Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

I would contact the manufacturer of the stove rather than taking the word of an oil distributor or internet "expert." My personal opinion would be that a commercially available stove would probably use #1 kerosene which is available for portable kerosene heaters.
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