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

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

Hi islandskim. I see that the above post is your first so you are new to SailNet. Let me be the first to welcome you and let you know we are not elitists.
I'm not sure why gravity needs to be used to supply propane to the furnace since the propane is under pressure and that will move the gas to the burner.
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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

If it is vented properly, installed properly, and the fuel is available to you, anything goes. I'm also curious how you would "gravity feed" propane, since it flows by pressure, not gravity.
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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

I think the pellet stove would be a great idea, for heat anyway. I don't get the gravity fed propane thing. I use a propane swing-type stove in the cabin and have a propane BBQ on the back rail. Both work great, and I get great mileage from my propane.

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Gravity air convection. (no fan) like a typical camper has. Should work, but rust out prematurely since it's steel and painted steel. vent pipe would be quite large because it's natural draft.

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

thanks for the posts guys. Gravity simply means no fan., Im curious though if the flame would go out while travelling in rough weather. I have found some small pellet stoves online around 3000 new, so don;t think I'll be going down that rout anytime soon. For some reason they don't have those in Canada (Yet). I have seen the "little gnome" pellet stove for example can run on a 12v fan, again not sure if wave action would affect the operation...??? anyone??
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Re: An old gravity fed propane furnace from camper installed on boat-good idea or bad

The Dickenson Newport is a great little propane fireplace, two sizes (9,000 and 12,000 BTU) we have the smaller on our 34 footer, used the larger on our last boat, a 40 footer. Fully vented, outside air supply, sealed combustion chamber.. really safe and good ambiance due to the glass front and visible flame.

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Under $1K AND it comes with all necessary flue pipe, deck fitting, etc. All you need to add is the fuel line. Only complaint is a rather noisy fan..


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

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.
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