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ID: 220 Title: HEATERS: solid fuel or diesel? Replis: 2 Read: 920 Author: 3
Name: seagypsywoman  Posts: 2  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-12-8_5:50:28 Quote    Reply
I'm looking for a boat heater. I like the simplicity of a solid fuel heater: no preheating, no pumps, nice smell... but people tell me that I should go for diesel. My boat is 32 feet, fiberglass, 1980 East Orient (lots of teak) so a solid fuel Dickinson (or other make) would fit nicely. Are there any other small bulkhead mounted solid fuel heaters? And is it true what diesel heater owners say that they are dangerous, dirty. can't use them when you sail and don't put out enough heat? The solid fuel heater owners I talked to love theirs, but they own older boats and I didn't get a chance to see the heaters. I'm in Southern Spain, so it's not that cold here, but it's damp and I'd like dry heat at anchor and while sailing. Thanks for any advice you could give. Barbara
Name: Cboscole  Posts: 1    Vancouver Time: 2004-12-23_14:0:5 Quote    Reply
I have an espar forced air diesal heater and love it, but was expensive to install. I had it run to pre-heat the engine coolant and heat the hot eater tank also. There is a good article at
Name: Geoff Schultz  Posts: 36  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-12-25_8:43:51 Quote    Reply
There has just been an extensive discussion of this on the web site. You can use to find the discussion if your news server doesn't have the articles anymore. -- Geoff