Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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I live aboard a 30 foot boat, in New England year-round. I used to heat with a coal heater, a FATSCO Buddy which required tending every 12 hours. 4 or 5 years ago I switched to a REFLEX cabin heater, gravity fed diesel. At first I mounted it where the old coal stove was. The coal stove radiated its heat all around, warming the wood hence the whole cabin. But the diesel stove tends to heat the air and as the heat rose, it was toasty in the overhead but cold on the sole. I mounted the stove right on the sole, just aft the mast, and it heats the entire boat well. A small fan helps circulate the warm air from above to heat the boat evenly. I find that this stove burns about 1.5 gallons of diesel in 24 hours. At close to $5 per gallon that’s about $225 a month! Not great!
"Who would go to sea for pleasure
would go to hell for pastime."