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Very interesting. How big is it?
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I've still got the big Dickenson range in the galley and have used it for really cold and convenience several times in the last few years. What really gets used is the wood heater. and the Panasonic convection/microwave oven.All bases are covered at little operating cost. When things get bad I can convert Dicky to wood too. Up da Coast.
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I've still got the big Dickenson range in the galley and have used it for really cold and convenience several times in the last few years. What really gets used is the wood heater. and the Panasonic convection/microwave oven.All bases are covered at little operating cost. When things get bad I can convert Dicky to wood too. Up da Coast.
One tip that may come in handy one day if you're short on diesel. You can stick wood in the burning chamber and burn it instead of diesel. You'll have to clean out the fuel inlet at the bottom of the burning chamber afterwords but it IS ready to use with wood without any modification. If your dickenson has a fan to assist diesel combustion in the burning chamber like mine did, it REALLY gets the wood going. My stack started glowing cherry red until I turned off the fan.

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I have a home made stove using boiler nuts aka anthracite
the design is heavy cast sewer pipe with air intake on the bottom and chimney on the top I lined the firebox with a fire brick insert and high heat mortar
the fuel is fed from the top and a clean-out on the bottom
the grate is 2 sewer grate one fixed one movable to allow for shaking clinkers out
all parts are cast iron
Wow--That's quite a shop project. You just bolted the whole thing together?
The more I've thought and read about it, the more I like the idea of anthracite.
Been looking for a cheap used Fatsco, figuring that if it can't handle the high temps, I won't be out much, and I can always use it for wood or charcoal, in spite of my misgivings about the efficiency.
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Wow--That's quite a shop project. You just bolted the whole thing together?
The more I've thought and read about it, the more I like the idea of anthracite.
Been looking for a cheap used Fatsco, figuring that if it can't handle the high temps, I won't be out much, and I can always use it for wood or charcoal, in spite of my misgivings about the efficiency.
yes its all bolted with stove seal cord for gaskets
the fuel tube is a 3" flange y joint one side goes to chimney pipe
the fuel box is 12" long x 12" diam ductile iron pipe w/flange both ends lined with 2" fire brick and clay / sand / water mix
the bottom has a t joint
grates for clean-out and air intake
it takes about 20 minutes to light and burns for hours on one load of coal
heats a large boat 40+ to comfortable temp about 1 hr
the taller the chimney the better
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Coal costs , wood is free. I have to find coal and transport it long distances. Wood is 100 feet away, dingy rowing distance. Any time I run out , I can row 100 feet and get more, a weeks supply in 15 minutes. . .

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One tip that may come in handy one day if you're short on diesel. You can stick wood in the burning chamber and burn it instead of diesel. You'll have to clean out the fuel inlet at the bottom of the burning chamber afterwords but it IS ready to use with wood without any modification. If your dickenson has a fan to assist diesel combustion in the burning chamber like mine did, it REALLY gets the wood going. My stack started glowing cherry red until I turned off the fan.

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That's a good tip Med and one I have never even considered. I suppose you could cover the fuel inlet with a SS shot glass or something like that. Although after wood, it will need a good cleaning anyway.


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That's a good tip Med and one I have never even considered. I suppose you could cover the fuel inlet with a SS shot glass or something like that. Although after wood, it will need a good cleaning anyway.
Glad you liked the tip. It acutally worked spectacularly well with no modification at all. You can also use the carburetor on the stove to supply a few TBSP of diesel then turn it OFF and use that little puddle of diesel to start your logs ablaze (with or without fan). Who needs kindling!

Since it worked so famously I designed (but never installed) a three way "T" valve at the bottom of the carburetor instead of just the 90deg elbow. It would allow you to flush a small amount of diesel down by gravity to flush out the remaining ash. Covering up the hole would be better though I think.

The ash was never really a problem though. If I recall the hole at the bottom of the drip pot was something like 3/4" diameter and the diesel only needs to seep through that wide opening so obstructions don't affect it much. Besides the diesel itself usually produces heaps of soot and that never bothered the drip pot.

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Med ..Good to know it can be done.I had imaged a welded fire box with fire brick like in my wood heater. Cutting the bits up so small for the existing fire bowl would warm you to the point you don't need to burn them .I thought of taking up some of the oven volume and a single turn of copper pipe on the top of the remaining oven for hot water. As for cleaning, nothing beats diesel soot for messy. Wood ash every time .Oh did we mention odour de fuel?
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Med ..Good to know it can be done.I had imaged a welded fire box with fire brick like in my wood heater. Cutting the bits up so small for the existing fire bowl would warm you to the point you don't need to burn them .I thought of taking up some of the oven volume and a single turn of copper pipe on the top of the remaining oven for hot water. As for cleaning, nothing beats diesel soot for messy. Wood ash every time .Oh did we mention odour de fuel?
Want to heat your hot water tank using your Dickinson stove? The engineering has already been done. This puppy fits right in the combustion chamber of the stove. Plumbs out the back:

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SureMarine by the way is an absolute CLASS ACT of a shop. I used to live a few blocks from them. They're great and they've forgotten more about diesel, propane and other forms of heat than the rest of us will ever learn.

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PS Which stove do you have? I might still have the 2 turn coil that I never installed still laying around in the "things I can't throw away" pile. PM me if interested, if I still have it, it's not worth much to me.

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