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Re: I-28 cabin heater
It's been a couple years since I started this thread. I ended up going with the Dickinson Solid Fuel Newport heater, installing where the original Force 10 propane heater was located (next to the mast transition post, mid-way up the bulkhead). To solve the draft issue, I add a 24" section of flue pipe to the deck fitting prior to stoking the stove. Just remember to take it off and put the rain lid back on the deck fitting before sailing. Also important to make sure that you're not sending embers up the stack. I've only used wood and charcoal in the heater so far, but I have enjoyed the dry cabin heat and the smell of wood smoke when going outdoors on a cold clear night.
So there are some "pro's". Regardless, I've decided to look at installing a diesel heater. Mainly because extended cruising in the north is cold and wet and it's much more comfortable to have a heater that works while motoring (in calm weather). And the more convenient it is to run a heater, the less energy required that one might not have at the end of a long day of running a boat in SE Alaska. All the cabin/creature comforts are aimed towards extending my cruising range. So here's a list of con's:
*Heater is located mid-height of cabin interior, so there's no heat getting to your feet
*The sheet metal construction produces a very "drafty" heater. Which means you can't dampen down when adding a bunch of wood. This is a big 'Con' because the heater burns through wood fairly quickly and requires constant stoking/re-fueling. So one can't just fill full of wood and dampen down overnight like you would normally do with a nice Osburn stove in your log cabin. I.e. things get cold fairly quickly after hitting the rack.
*Storing wood takes up alot of space. Although this is one of the things that makes sense to fill the awkward-sized starboard lockers beneath the quarter berth.
Ultimately I aim to fix the problem of 'cold feet' by figuring out a way to move the cabin heater to the floor, in front of the bulkhead wall. This means designing a new deployment for the foldout teak table, which is such a nice cabin feature with it's sturdiness and large size. Whether I choose to keep the solid fuel Newport or go with a Sig Marine 100 diesel heater, dealing with moving the foldout table is the biggest question mark. Interested in other 2I8 owners to know if you've dealt with this yet? Also if any of the 1980's era 2I8 owners could provide pictures of the newer fold-down table design, that would be helpful.