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Newb questons about Diesel/Kerosene heaters
Hello, I'm kind of a newb. I've sailed some but nothing extensive. In any case I'm having a small 28' sailboat deigned for me which will hopefully get built next year sometime. The designer asked me to make a list of the stuff I wanted and so I've been trying to do some research. I've made the preliminary determination that I want a diesel or Kerosene heater. I'm talking about the drip kind that doesn't take any power (or at most a 12 volt fan). The ones I know of are Dickerson, Sig Marine, Refleks, Glembring, and Tailors. I've done enough reading to understand some of the issues with the flue length, backdraft etc. I realize there is some overhead to starting these but since I'll be mainly in Russia, I don't really want something I have no chance of being able to fix on my own. On the up side since the boat is being designed from the ground up the heater will be in the plans so I should be able to accommodate a good installation.
What I would like to know is, does anyone have any real experience with any of these. The main thing I was wondering is how much can the boat heel before the heater stops working, however I would also be interested in any comments comparing the different models or comments on general usage.
Also I've preliminarily decided on a Tailors 30 cooker, but I'd be interested in any comments about them or similar alternatives. Propane is off my list for safety reasons. Thanks in advance.