Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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I used to use coal in a FATSCO “Buddy” for the first 7-8 years I lived aboard. Nice dry heat. It radiated the heat, warming the wood and the air warmed from that. It wasn’t too bad with the dust and ashes really but 16 hours per stoke meant a pretty tight schedule to keep it running and it didn’t like to draft when it got down below 0 and no wind outside.
I was given a REFLEX #62 heater body a few years back. Expensive thing! Burns diesel. It heats the air more then the coal stove did so it needs to be mounted low, right on the sole. It does a nice job! I’ve run it, unattended, other then loading 5 gallons into the head tank every 4 days, for a month and a half non-stop! It keeps 28 feet of boat about 40-45 degrees above ambient at the waterline and warmer in the overhead. A small fan circulates the heat throughout the cabin.
The beauty of this setup is that I can heat the boat away from the umbilical chord at the dock. That opens up comfortable late fall / early spring cruising. A nice shag rug remnant tossed on the sole doesn’t sound like a bad idea though. Especially at the dock.
"Who would go to sea for pleasure
would go to hell for pastime."