Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: somers, montana
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Long thread. I did see a couple of questions that I might like to respond to. I have been living on this boat (24 ft) since the day I got it 4 years ago. I have a medium sized wood stove in the quarter birth area just forward of the cockpit bulkhead. Too much ice, or too low water, either way I sit on my buddies property for the winter.. The stove is 1 ft around and 2 ft deep,flat on top for pans. I use approximately 3 cords of wood for winter.Winter is 5 months. Wood cost here is 125- 150 dollars a cord. Half a cord a month. Cord of stacked wood is 4x4x8 ft. That is the expense part. However we are surrounded by woods, so can be much cheaper if you go get it.(fun) Now, their are lots of good aspects to wood, but here are some negatives. The pile of bark and wood chips on the floor. The 1 gallon bucket of ash, per day (can't just dump it anywhere). Every single thing I own smells like a campfire. The splitting and chipping away at pieces to get just the right size in there, to fill it enough to last over night. On the matter of size and space, I don't see how those little stoves would ever hold a fire over night, so I do give up the space of a compact refrigerator, to have a bigger stove.
Different woods have different btu's, say between larch and doug fir, or lodgepole.
One of those store bought bundles would last me about a day and a half. The space required to store 3 cords of wood .The constsant shuffle of wood into the boat.
It was all good, anchoring out for three seasons, I didn't have to haul that much wood to the boat. However last season I was in a slip, and used electric on cold days, because I figure nobody with a nice boat wants a spark spittin',stinkpot right next to them. Can't have the main on the boom, for fear of sparks and smoke.
Just polite not to use it in the marina.
Lastly I have a 5 inch hole in the deck. 3 inch pipe needs a five inch hole and a sleeve of double wall to keep it from catching fire. When under way I remove the stove pipe and rotate a little cover and wing nut to close the hole.
All said, I will all ways have wood. Cookin' a burger on it right now
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