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06-22-2012 12:04 AM
Capt Len
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

If the carb is placed in line fore and aft with the burner they can stand a bit of heel without choking or dieing .Dickensen has all the parts and info. If you change fuel ie stove, diesel like we do in cold places, you can adjust the float level for different SG.If it boils your tank add a length of radiating pipe or heater and fan .Hot water runs uphill and may need a vapour vent if its a closed system. Turning the heat too low is inviting a load of soot. Love my Adriatic.
06-14-2012 07:34 PM
mitchbrown
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

A barometric damper is a piece of stove pipe that has a flapper in which helps keep the draft pressure constant.

Mitch
06-14-2012 07:02 PM
UsailIbail!
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

Got it Treilly... good thoughts and copied for the future. "Out through the transom" how cool is that.
Love the internet!

Thanks.
06-14-2012 02:53 PM
Tim R.
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

My diesel furnace does not suffer backdraft and can be used in big seas. It has a dedicated intake with a blower that promotes the movement of combusted gases out through the exhaust in the transom.
06-14-2012 02:16 PM
UsailIbail!
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

If installed correctly, can a diesel heater be used in the big nasties? (BIG waves and wind?) or is back drafting so bad the interior becomes a CO death zone?

You are mentioning drip systems and pressurized. Are most of the Heaters drip systems?

What is a barometric damper?

You are all very helpful and I appreciate your time very much.

Jay
06-14-2012 12:41 PM
SVTatia
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

I believe the OP was referring to pressurized fuel?

There are differences, as the non-pressurized (drip) stoves are large and will need a big chimney and cannot be gimballed.
06-14-2012 11:47 AM
Tim R.
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

We live aboard in Maine and use a combination of heaters. In the winter we have a diesel fired furnace that is capable of producing on demand hot water(I will add a HE soon). It is a hydronic type with multiple zones. It pump a Propolene glycol mixture through the boat to small radiators with 12v fans that blow air through them. It works very well to keep us toasty in our Maine winters. It is completely 12v so we also use it at anchor during our extended 7 month sailing season here.

At dock in the Spring and Fall we use our Mermaid reverse cycle AC/heater. It runs on 110 and can be powered by our engine driven 5k genset if needed.

Our stove is Propane. No complaints and very safe if properly maintained and operated.
06-14-2012 11:00 AM
jackdale
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

As diesel stoves require venting, I do not believe that they can be gimballed. As such they cannot be used when heeled.

Diesel heaters are great. The only downside is the vent on the deck.
06-14-2012 10:51 AM
erps
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

I'm probably mixing terminology that may lead to some confusion. Our diesel appliance is a cabin heater, not a cooking stove. We've just always called it a stove, sorry about that.

For cooking, I've used alcohol, kerosene and propane stoves. I converted both my alcohol stoves to propane and we suffered the kerosene stove until I swapped it out with one of the converted alcohol to propane stoves. The kerosene stove we had scared the crap out of us a couple of times with big flare ups and we often had to clean soot off the headliner. It cooked faster than the alcohol stoves, but the wife went on strike after one particular flareup. They guys in the commercial fishing industry around here typically have diesel stove/ovens in their boats for cooking and for heating their boats. You can tell, they're the ones with the windows open during late fall fisheries.
06-14-2012 10:46 AM
mitchbrown
Re: Diesel cook stoves and heaters - teach me the basics!

I have the Sigmarine 170 bulkhead mounted diesel heater in my Bene 390 and really like it. Been using it most weekends for the past year and a half and it is still shinny clean inside. If it is a porper install with enough chimney length and a Barometric damper installed as the first section close to the heater. Mine can handle about 15 knots of wind before i have to worry about any down drafting. Down drafting can be eliminate if you want by installing a balanced draft but i couldn't stand the idea of putting two 5 inch holes in the cabin top
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