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santeana 11-26-2004 03:10 AM

Diesel Stoves
My first posting! Happy Thanksgiving!
I''m considering replacing my gas cooker with a diesel product. Many diesel stoves are free standing and therefore do not gimbal. Anyone any experience of using such non-gimbaling stoves? In particular how practical are they for offshore cruising?

Apart from cooker safety, a number of diesel stoves also claim to be effective space and water heaters. Are these multi-purpose stoves as good as is claimed?
Thanks for any advice.

TalbotUK 05-07-2006 11:41 AM

Taylors diesel cooker is fine, but expensive and is always more troublesome to light than a gas system.

catandahalf 12-06-2011 11:59 AM

let's talk about stoves again...
I know this thread has been - well - dead - for a while but I thought that opening it up would be a good idea...

sfchallenger 12-06-2011 11:09 PM

Sure. I don't want propane either. Alcohol isn't very hot, you're carrying diesel anyway, seems like a good idea...

Downsides - I understand it needs a big flue through the lid and doesn't smell great. But I don't know much about it.

Anyone got one?

catandahalf 12-06-2011 11:21 PM

i'd use diesel.. Wallas is awesome!
I sail Ceil (31' Trimaran from the 60's.) I pulled the propane out because it was over 30 years old. I replaced with a Wallas diesel stove that also works as a forced air heater in the cabin. This stove rocks! It is mounted in the counter top (mine is as I have a tri so don't need a wobbly stove) but you can install it on gimbls I suppose... there is only a 1 1/2 inch exhaust tube that in my installation vents out the side of the hull just under deck level. There is NO diesel smell and this unit is completely automatic. It is controlled by an on/off switch and a temp knob. When the top is open it acts as a cooker - the stove top is temered glass and large enough for a 2qt and a 10" skillet to coexist. The stove becomes a forced air heater when the top is closed (like a laptop computer sort of). You should at least check it out - it also vents all the combustion produced water out with the exhaust gas so the boat ends up 'drying' out inside instead of getting wet like with propane or alcohol.

rogerhudson 02-26-2012 03:11 PM

Optimus Hiker multifuel stoves, with the Nova burner can be fitted into a gutted stainless steel gas hob, getting rid of all the gas parts. Put a ceiling liner over the stove as diesel is HOT.

SlowButSteady 02-26-2012 05:14 PM

Holy Lazarus thread, Batman!!

But seriously:

First, alcohol stoves get plenty hot. The important variable is the power (or energy/time) produced by the stove burner. Modern non-pressurized alcohol stoves are rated at about 6800 btu/hr/burner, while most marine propane stoves are rated at about 7000 btu/hr/burner. Not enough of a difference to worry about. I use an Origo stove all the time, it works fine.

Second, an unvented diesel stove is a really bad idea. Not only do the fumes stink, but they're much more hazardous than those from kerosene (the logical alternative in such a stove).

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