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Yesterday I installed the heater I got for xmas. I've been thoroughly enjoying it for almost 24 hours now. The installation went smoothly. I was able to use existing propane and electrical lines from a refrigerator which I removed prior to the heater installation. I did have to drill through some interior fiberglass shelving. The hole saw cut through it like butter. I was able to use an existing hole in the ceiling to vent the chimney outside.

Burned the stove for a couple hours with the hatches open. There's always some chemical residue on new appliances to burn off. I'm particularly sensitive to chemical fumes. No odor this morning when I lit the stove. The fan is a little noisy, but so far that's my only complaint.

I posted a slightly more detailed description and pictures of the heater and installation on my blog, if you are interested. Thanks for all the great advice from folks on this forum!

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Glad it worked out... We've had this same heater on our last two boats - and believe it to be one of the better compromises for a boat as long as you have a reasonable place to mount it.

Love the ambience of the visible flame!

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Good to hear it went without a hitch... Where did you end up installing it?

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Excellent...glad it worked out well. Pix awaited!

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As you enter the cabin (and I believe this is true for newer geminis as well), there is a refrigerator on your right. Mine was old and leaking refrigerant. It was also too large for my needs. I removed it this weekend. The heater went into that spot and hooked right into the propane and electric lines which fed the fridge. The installation is temporary. When I get back to Baltimore, I'm going to build some cabinetry to house the stove.

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Pic is girlfriend eating chicken wings last night with stove in background and nfl playoff game on tv.
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Very nice...

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how big a bottle of propane do you use to feed it & how long does it last?

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XORT,

We used our Newport P9000 propane heater a fair bit last spring, and quite a bit this fall (sorry I can't be more specific than that -- they don't come with hour meters!) for weekend/vacation sailing. We fueled it with a 10 lb propane tank that also fueled our stove/oven (which gets quite a bit of use too).

With an 8-9 month season, we were still on the same 10 lb tank when we winterized. I haven't weighed the tank, but I suppose it must be nearly expended. So, at the close of our first season with it installed, I was pleased with the burn rate and with how much comfort we got out of that little heater.
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IIRC the book claims you'll get about 80-100 hours out of a 20 pounder. But don't quote me...

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