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The diesel cook stove seems to have all the right advantages: high BTU content and a hot flame, worldwide availability, relatively low toxicity, no explosion hazard, and of course, it reduces the number of fuels needed onboard.

Yet the diesel stove has not taken the predominant position in sailing vessels, and I wonder why not. Is it that the nature of the fuel itself produces soot, and requires a more complicated burner system and exhaust venting? But even so, the initial cost seems justified, considering all the advantages.

I cannot find a diagram that shows how this type of cooker works, so I''m grasping in the dark. What am I missing?

Owners/users of diesel contraptions are especially welcome to respond, but please, I''ve already read all the fuel comparisons and relative merits.
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Dickinson Diesel Stoves - Manuals & Specifications:
http://www.dickinsonmarine.com/download-manual.asp
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Thanks, Gord: the diagram of the burner ass''y in the owner''s manual pdf begins to confirm my initial suspicions looking at that smooth cooktop w/ no burners showing through. This is not "direct flame" cooking, and there has to be a reason for that. What else could it be, but that the combustion by-products need to be kept from entering the cabin? That''s what necessitates all the venting.

Dickson says the thing needs a 30-min. warm-up before the cook surface is at its hotest. I wonder how long it takes from a cold start to boil a quart of water for morning coffee?

Now I''m beginning to understand.
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