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Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Friday Harbor, WA
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We have only used the diesel stove/oven to heat so far. Wonderful source of dry heat. The only time it makes the boat smell is the few times it blew out due to downdraft while sailing. Yes, then it stinks. Otherwise, it's a non-issue. I am going to replace the old flue I have with one of those newer "H" chimney flues, which makes downdrafting less likey. I've talked to a few other sailors who just don't use their diesel heater while sailing because of downdraft, which for me is only while on a starboard tack, as the boom swings out just over the top of the chimney.
We'll actually experiment cooking with the stove/oven this winter. During the warmer months, we use a Coleman 2-burner propane stove which we put directly on top of the diesel stove (which isn't on at the time, of course...).
It all depends on where you live. Up here I wouldn't be without a diesel heat source. Actually, if we had a bigger boat I'd go with a diesel heater/fireplace and a propane stove/oven. Best of both worlds.
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1978 North Sea 33 Pilothouse Cutter (Ta Chiao)