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06-17-2013 08:15 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

Quote:
Originally Posted by HardTAC View Post
I was on the boat last week in Rhode Island and it rain pretty hard all week. It wasn't cold enough to run the stove, but something was running during the storm: water. Yup, the Charlie Noble, or the deck plate, or both leaked like crazy. So, I'd like to redo all the stove pipe and flue, rebed the deck fitting, and replace the "Chuck Nob".

Does anyone know of any manufacturers that make a deck fitting for a stove pipe that also has a cap? I'd love to be able to remove the pipe above the deck and cap the fitting when sailing or during warm rains.
I simply weld the stove pipe, 16 guage wall, 4 inch diameter stainless to a piece of stainless plate and bolt that down over an oversized deck hole. Then I take a supper plate sized piece of 16 guage stainless and bend it down to 4 inches wide and bolt that to the top of the pipe. You can cant it one way or the other to give you a draft in a breeze, before you light the stove.
Worked well for me, for decades, in rainy BC, year round.
06-16-2013 03:00 PM
VallelyJ
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

Why not just experiment with different fuels until you find one you like? A lot of people use briquettes. Hardwood burns hotter per volume, and so does regular charcoal. Anthracite coal will probably burn through your firebox. Soft coal is an awful mess and doesn't enough heat for the trouble.
Try several and see which you like.
If you burn wood, watch for hot embers coming out the flue. You may want to add a 1/4 inch screen to the top.
06-16-2013 11:53 AM
SlowButSteady
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

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Originally Posted by HardTAC View Post
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Does anyone know of any manufacturers that make a deck fitting for a stove pipe that also has a cap? I'd love to be able to remove the pipe above the deck and cap the fitting when sailing or during warm rains.
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06-16-2013 09:41 AM
HardTAC
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

I was on the boat last week in Rhode Island and it rain pretty hard all week. It wasn't cold enough to run the stove, but something was running during the storm: water. Yup, the Charlie Noble, or the deck plate, or both leaked like crazy. So, I'd like to redo all the stove pipe and flue, rebed the deck fitting, and replace the "Chuck Nob".

Does anyone know of any manufacturers that make a deck fitting for a stove pipe that also has a cap? I'd love to be able to remove the pipe above the deck and cap the fitting when sailing or during warm rains.
05-24-2013 08:33 AM
TomMaine
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

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Originally Posted by HardTAC View Post
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!

Thanks again for everyone's input!
Looks like a great boat from the interior. What is it?
05-23-2013 03:36 PM
krisscross
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

The longer the stove's pipe, the better the draft. Watch out for sparks!
05-23-2013 02:08 PM
HardTAC 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!

Thanks again for everyone's input!
05-22-2013 08:46 PM
Brent Swain
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.
05-21-2013 05:05 PM
misfits
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
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
to get going, burn fast & you'll be feeding pretty much non stop.
05-21-2013 04:53 PM
TomMaine
Re: Solid Fuel Stove Fuel

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
Oohhhhhh!
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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