I have a 1973 Pearson 36 that, once upon a time, likely had an alcohol stove with a heat-exchanger for hot water. This is now all gone and it has been used in a sailing school for the past while.
I am in the process of refitting it for full-time cruising. I will be adding a stove/oven and a hot water heater and maybe, a cabin heater. Since I am starting from a clean slate I am strongly considering a diesel stove and water heater. This would seem to be a much safer and simpler installation vs. LPG. I know that LP is so much more popular and seems to be the standard these days but diesel just seems so elegant. Having never done anything like this before I thought that I would solicit some opinions.
Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom and experience.
All of the stoves you mentioned will do the job. I haven't had a diesel stove, but have sailed with friends who have diesel, and others who have kerosene, so I can share some limited hands-on experience. [I have always had propane...]
In Alaska, the commercial fishing boats typically have a diesel cook stove/oven [e.g., Dickinson Marine
] that is also the primary heat source. Consequently it stays lit much of the time, and is therefore always ready to use for cooking.
If not lit, it takes a couple of minutes to light a diesel [or kerosene] burner and get it going well so you can cook on it. And sometimes there are some fumes/smoke/soot during that light-up process; not unlike a pressurized liquid fuel camping stove. Nothing is instant on like a propane or butane burner.
If you need a heat source during some seasons of your sailing, you might also investigate the Wallas diesel cook stove
[they have single and double burner models that use diesel and/or kerosene, and a model with an oven too]
The premise of the Wallas cook top is use the ceramic covered burner [i.e., no fumes inside the boat...] to cook, and leave it burning and close the lid when finished. It has quiet fans built-in to circulate heat throughout the boat.
This is a win win- if you need heat... as we do... so we are considering replacing our propane stove with one of these...
If you are after a simple, cheap, effective and safe [or as back-up and/or to experiment with] consider a counter top butane single burner
. [As you know, butane is lighter than air, so it rises and is therefore somewhat safer than propane- which sinks...]
We keep a portable butane unit for back-up if the main stove fails, and for occasionally cooking in the cockpit, on shore, or at the dinner table...
We once had a very nice stainless steel butane burner unit built-into the galley countertop a trailerable sailboat that really worked very well. We would go through a butane canister ever 10 days or so when on the boat full time in the summer months...
Regarding water heaters, here is my blog post
about our last water heater project.
Best wishes finding what is best for you.