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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

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I think if I was gonna go propane I would use the old furnace I already have. I like the idea of going gas free though, if anyone has first hand experience with either gravity fed furnace or pellet stove on a boat please post, thanks.
Is it a Force 10 bulkhead heater? There's a HUGE difference between those and the one posted above, esp on the safety front, but also in the effectiveness...

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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

If your boat is insured you should always consider what the ramifications of installing non-marine approved or compliant LPG equipment means. I had to remove an "on-demand" water heater sold and misleadingly marketed as a "marine unit" out last spring. It did not meet any of the applicable marine safety standards even though the owner believed it did due to misleading marketing. It did not pass the insurance survey and the owner had a choice lose insurance or keep the on-demand water heater....

Among other things to be marine compliant the heater needs be vented and also be sealed combustion (not taking combustion air from the cabin). It also can not have a standing pilot light.

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I had to remove an "on-demand" water heater sold and misleadingly marketed as a "marine unit" out last spring. It did not meet any of the applicable marine safety standards even though the owner believed it did due to misleading marketing. It did not pass the insurance survey and the owner had a choice lose insurance or keep the on-demand water heater.....
Main Sail, can I ask the brand/model of the water heater you had to remove?
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Main Sail, can I ask the brand/model of the water heater you had to remove?
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"Gravity simply means no fan., "
Damn, I've got a gravity-fed campfire and never knew it!
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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

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any ideas? I was thinking it might not work or be dangerous due to wave movement?
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Anyone tried using a small pellet stove on a boat?
any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

propane scares me. It is just as bad as gasoline for sitting in the bilges if you get a leak.. and just as likely to blow your boat skyhigh if it ignites.

I like the kerosine and even better, the diesel stoves.. especially if you have a diesel engine already aboard

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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

Guess no one has ever seen a diesel "explosion" It can happen in a heater that's hot. and someone tries to relight while the fuel is still being gasified by the hot burner. More often with diesel they will belch soot, so much that every surface will be coated.

With all the safety devices available and common sense. and a diesel engine boat. someone would almost have to want to blow up their boat!

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