Heat of the moment!

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.

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I’ve also started to panel the bulkheads. Wickes tongue and groove cladding is a cost effective and fairly straightforward solution.

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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.

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Still here!

Apologies for the large gap between posts, while the weather was fair at the weekends I had some other work to do,and even a bit of a social life going on,so progress has been a bit hit and miss lately, but will soon be back on track. Certainly not given up!
I’ve been travelling to the boat .most Friday evenings after work and staying over until Sunday afternoon. The extra work I mentioned has been for somebody else in the same yard, so my Saturdays have been tied up with that,which has only left a half day or so on the Sunday,depending of course on what time I drag my sorry arse out of my sleeping bag!
Last weekend was bitterly cold, and I decided it would be my last weekend of sleeping over until I get some better heating sorted! I was relying on a 1000w fan heater and occasionally the 2 burners on the gas stove, and it didn’t really do the job.
So, I’m now awaiting delivery of a small woodburning stove. Fitting that will take priority over all else next weekend. I’ll post some photos once its in place and fired up. I’ve got plenty of scrap wood to run it all winter! It wasn’t a lot of money and it will be interesting to see how well it performs.
To make room for the stove means a slight(!) re-design of the interior. The galley,which was located on the port side just inside the companionway, will now take the place of the port settee berth,and the stove will live in the old galley area. The current galley area has caused a lot of head scratching,it wasn’t very practically laid out and there was an enormous amount of wasted space. I thought long and hard how i could make it more user friendly but it was a small awkward space to do a lot with.
Having the galley area where it will be, still leaves enough room to convert the starboard settee berth into a double,should the need arise and i get lucky!