The micro wood burner mentioned in my last post is now in place and producing heat. Best £60 i ever spent!
In the true tradition of make do and mend, I didn’t even need to buy a flue pipe, the old steel pipes from the sea toilet are the perfect size,a bit of work cutting and shutting and it was good to go.
I built a raised plinth for it to sit on from 19mm ply, this will be tiled at some point and when I reinstate the panelling on the bulkhead I will need to fit something to protect it from the heat.
So, fully armed with co alarm, fire extinguishers and the local emergency services on speed-dial, it was time to test it.
Couple of firelighters, bit of kindling, and it was alight.
As it heated up there was a bit of smoke and smell from burning paint etc but that soon cleared and it got HOT!
Bearing in mind, there is no insulation at the moment, very little internal panelling and a number of holes still awaiting my attention with the welder, the results were incredible. At one point I had a digital thermometer reading of 32c a metre from the stove,and 22c at the furthest point away. Yes, it was a mild day, about 10c, but I had the doors open!
At the moment I’m only burning scrap wood(plenty of that on board!), if it gets really cold i will try some coal.
The only downside is due to the tiny size of the stove, you need to keep on top of keeping it fuelled. I’m hoping coal will burn a bit slower,and that by leaving it just ‘ticking over’ it may burn all night
Most importantly, it will boil a kettle in an emergency!
I may try bacon and eggs on it next weekend, and with Christmas coming, chestnuts could well be on the agenda.
I’ve also started to panel the bulkheads. Wickes tongue and groove cladding is a cost effective and fairly straightforward solution.
The ‘stepped out’ section serves 2 purposes, it conceals an ugly bit of steel bracing, and will also house the stereo speakers. I will also ‘borrow’ some of the space behind to create a small shelf.
A lot of thought has gone into utilising all available space in the best ways possible. Eventually, the boat could be my home, so i want it to be as comfortable and practical as possible, but without compromising what it is was made for- sailing.