Originally Posted by overthehorizon
Mike, I have had the same concerns. But it is surprising how many other people use this same stove on their boat when sailing in very cold climates and no one has mentioned a problem of spilling ashes in the main saloon. Nor has anyone complained about soot on their Bimini or main, like I have imagined. I probably should have used the term "solid fuel stove" rather than just "wood" as these stoves are built solidly enough to also burn coal. We will get a fire going with wood then throw in some coal. We have gotten a lot of responses from people who have sailed the Tierra Del Fuego area with this stove and it worked well for them. The British marine author, Tom Cunliffe, says he has had a solid fuel stove on each of his yachts. On one Atlantic crossing, Tom says, a fire continually burned in the stove or the cold weather would have unbearable. He generally uses wood to start the fire then adds coal.
As I said, I like these stoves, and may yet go for one. But having heated with a woodstove on land for over a decade I have a pretty good appreciation for the good, the bad and the dirty
. The ashes problem isn't on inside the boat, it's on the cabin and deck.
There will be black smoke on start up and cool down. It can't be avoided and I can't see how this won't affect the deck. It may not be a significant issue, but it's something to think about (as the video folks you posted are).
As far as impact on the salon, moving fibre or coal inside the boat will make things dirtier -- or rather, it will require more attention to keep things clean. Certainly not particularly hard to do so, but I guarantee you will have to pay more attention to cleaning.
I absolutely love the idea of a woodstove, and think these Cubic stoves are excellent. They're relatively inexpensive, and the saving in fuel costs could be significant. But there will be some challenges as well.
Insurance? If you have hull insurance, you might want to check with your underwriter to make sure they're ok with this choice. On land I know some insurers were less pleased with woodstoves, and often insurance was more costly (it's partly why we never had insurance on our last land home).
Not trying to dissuade you. Just keep eyes wide open.