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Our new diesel stove for the captain’s cabin arrived while we were over alongside the drydock last week, but we were finally able to bring it inside a few days ago when we got our regular access back. It’s a Kabola Old Dutch, and almost identical to the one that was back there before, only it’s a) not a rusting shell, and b) it actually works. It’s also about four times more fuel efficient and has a nice guard rail so our stews don’t slide off, but for all intents and purposes, it’s the same stove.

Kabola Old Dutch diesel stove

We were hoping this meant we could just reuse the old diesel line and flue from the old stove that are still in the fireplace, but on closer inspection it looks like the old diesel line leads to…. nowhere, and the old flue ends up in an enclosed space under the battery cupboard by the wheelhouse steps. So the previously owners clearly never used that stove at all, which fits into our knowledge of the kanotel being summer-only, and that old stove being reeeeeally old. We were going to rig up a temporary solution with a tiny diesel tank in another cupboard on deck to get the gravity feed, but it turns out that that would be nearly as much work as just making the permanent connection into our main diesel tank in the engine room. But because the engine room is under the captain’s cabin, we’ll need to buy a £100 fuel pump to counter gravity. And that flue is going to need either two elbow bends or a bit of flexible flue to be able to clear the battery cabinet and vent properly, which is going to be another project.

So even though we’ve got our beautiful new stove, there’s still a fair amount of work involved before we can stop suckling at the electric space heater teet and get the captain’s cabin really nice and cozy.

You may be asking yourself “Why don’t they just use the massive boiler that was just installed?”. Well, you, that’s a good question. The main reason is that our captain’s cabin is gorgeous and art deco with a lovely marble fireplace and original woodwork and stained glass, and radiators only come in two styles: neo-Victorian, and ultra-modern. Which will be fine for heating the main part of the boat, but would look hideous in the captain’s cabin fireplace. And even if we didn’t care about aesthetics (which we do), it’s be just as much work and expense to plumb in new radiators as it would to get the stove in, and this way we’ve got another layer of backup if something should fail.

- posted by Melissa Fehr on 25 October 2007, 16:58 in