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Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

How do you shut one of these off in an emergency, or even if you want to go sailing and the fuel isn't consumed?


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Unless you're using it pretty frequently, which could get expensive, why not use charcoal briquettes?
They would definitely work in a stove, but the cost is way too much. I mostly used dried hardwood cut up into chunks with my electric miter saw and pine splints for kindling.

Wood pellets would probably work but they burn pretty fast and hot. They are mostly used in automatic feed stoves. I would not recommend using them beyond the initial kindling stage.

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How do you shut one of these off in an emergency, or even if you want to go sailing and the fuel isn't consumed?
You need to douse the fire with water - but preferably fresh water, not salt water - heat and salt will eat up the metal in your stove.

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Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

My vote is for the waxy fire place log cut into starter bits .I use skillsaw or table saw. Gums up the band saw. My main fuel is chunks of hardwood pallet, nails and all. I use a magnet to separate before dumping in the compost. 'Presto' logs are convenient alternative but costly. Used to be ten cents each but now 2/3 the size and over a buck.
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Thanks! I should have mentioned to HardTac, one of the trickier parts of a solid fuel burning stove on a boat, is keeping a positive draft through the flue pipe to keep smoke out of the cabin.

Boats have openings, ports, hatches, cowls and the companionway that can induce positive and negative pressure inside the cabin. Positive pressure, like a forward facing opened hatch, will create a positive pressure in the cabin and tend to work with the flue exhaust.

On the other hand, the companionway, especially with a dodger above, can induce a negative draft in the cabin as wind blowing over the dodger will pull air out of the cabin and any other openings, like your flue pipe.

I find forward facing cowl vents create positive pressure overall, with the companionway open. Sometimes we'll crack a forward hatch as well if we get a back puff.

All stoves, flues, boats, are different and wind velocity and directions will have different effects, so experiment with different hatch openings. I would never use most any combustion heater on a boat while sleeping.

Good luck with your new boat and have fun with the stove.

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Unless you're using it pretty frequently, which could get expensive, why not use charcoal briquettes?
I was going to suggest that but ya beat me to the punch.
Most stoves should be able to handle the heat of briquettes.
I personally would not use wood pellets. Although cheap they're very smokey
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Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

Put a stainless hearth under the door to catch ash droppings. Then use wood. Cheapest ! You can get it from construction sites for free sometimes.Driftwood works for me, a free , endless supply here.

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Thanks for your "pressure post", Tom. That makes a lot of sense. Our boat isn't known for having great ventilation anyway. We are considering installing a couple of dorades and possibly another hatch. This gives us more reasons to do so.

We'll certainly take ventilation and wind direction into consideration when we fire that baby up for this first time!

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The longer the stove's pipe, the better the draft. Watch out for sparks!

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