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Re: Sleeping with the heat on...
My last stove built 31 years ago , which I gave a friend, just had the type 400 stainless top and back rust out, after burning only salty beach wood the entire time . The type 316 parts are as good as the day I built it, altho blacker.
I find that even mild steel stoves are not all that much affected by salty wood, as they are too dry for any reaction much of the time.
There are far greater environmental impacts to be caused by urban living ,than any you would cause by burning beach wood.Look at the oil slicks in parking lots. You could go for "Clean' electric heat, while tied to the dock, powered by coal fired generating stations. Just living aboard instead of ashore, reduces your environmental impact drastically, regardless of what kind of heating you can afford.
I read in last Octobers National Geographic, that most western US homes use 250 gallons of water a day, per person. How long does that much water last the average cruiser or liveaboard.The list of differences in environmental impact goes on.
Your stove and chimney should be tight enough to protect the occupants from any such consequences.
At any rate, for living aboard a stock plastic boat in cooler climes, comfortably, you have to add a lot of extra insulation, as almost all stock plastic boats are extremely poorly insulated. If properly insulated, a boat can be the most comfortable, driest home you ever lived in. If not, you are doing something wrong.
Tiny tots are far too tiny to be useful, in any cool climes. You need a firebox which will run for many hours, without refueling.
Sponsering the Exon Valdes's or the strip mining of coal is far less environmentally friendly than burning beach wood.
Last edited by Brent Swain; 10-29-2015 at 07:31 PM.