Since it is winter up here in the great cold northwest, I've been working on trying to make my boat warmer. I started out long ago with my tea kettle stove, which looked like this:
Then I took the boat south, and in the great warm waters of the tropics I lost all of my tolerance for cold air. As a consequence, when I returned this past autumn to the dreary sunless world that I live in today, I found an icy chill creeping up my spine and into my blood. Jack Frost had his pruners out and was savagely attacking, so I got an old Dickenson stove and put it on the boat.
So I did.
I went to Z recycling one day and got a piece of square tube steel, 6" x 8" x 12", with the 12 being the tube direction. I was looking for a slightly bigger tube part, but at this place you look around and find the most suitable scrap piece and live with it. I also got some plate and the total was about 8 bucks, so that was nice. Then I went to my dad's place and used his nice wire-feed welder to weld the plate to the back (sealing one end of the box) and then cut and weld a tube to the top and one to the bottom. The top tube is the exhaust, a 3" stovepipe flue made of stainless steel that I found for the Dickenson stove a few months back. The bottom tube is the stuff you can find at a hardware store for water or gas or something, and it was only 2", but I added a surprise. Attached to the bottom tube is a few computer fans, to give this stove some high pressure oxygen and get it glowing with joy. I had the hinges before the project, and then made the door out of the steel plate and a bit of stove sealing fabric, and it seals tightly. The only thing this stove lacks is a window to see the flames. I might add that later on.
So for the last few days I've been testing this out, and it has warmed the boat up to 75 degrees today, on a 43 degree outside rainy day. I put the thermometer down low, so it is actually about 90 degrees up near the ceiling, and maybe 50 down at the bottom, so I have to figure out a better mixing fan, but I'm working on that.
Just before I got all the heat working, I went on a small cruise over to Lummi Island for an overnight. It was cold and clear and nearly windless, but pretty, and I was freezing cold the whole time. I need more heat, more blankets and more clothes. Hopefully the next cruise will be warmer. Here are some shots from over on the island...