To be or not to be (moved)...

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin -

QThe used 39ft semi-trad I am think­ing of buy­ing has a wood burn­ing stove by the bow doors and I am wor­ried that some­one may fall on it, and which the Boat Safety Scheme rec­om­mends against. Is it com­pli­cated to move the stove? Is it com­mon to re-po­si­tion stoves? What hap­pens to the hole left in the roof? Is it an ex­pen­sive to have it done? AG, via the CB web­site

ATONY REPLIES… If this is a dry stove and you have a suit­able al­ter­na­tive po­si­tion, it will not be com­pli­cated to move, but if it also heats ra­di­a­tors, it will be. It is rare to re­po­si­tion stoves, es­pe­cially if you are only do­ing it in re­sponse to a rec­om­men­da­tion. Just to one side of the front doors is a pop­u­lar and prac­ti­cal po­si­tion.

There are few peo­ple with HETAS qual­i­fi­ca­tions work­ing on the canals but prob­a­bly a lot of peo­ple who are ex­pe­ri­enced – plus plenty who are not. The new lo­ca­tion will need flammable ma­te­rial strip­ping out, then ther­mal in­su­la­tion and heat re­sis­tant board fit­ting around the stove. Fol­low­ing HETAS rec­om­men­da­tions might mean cut­ting a hole in the floor and cast­ing a con­crete hearth.

If you do not want it to look like a bodge, mak­ing good the hole in the roof will in­volve weld­ing and re­paint­ing some or all of the roof, which will be ex­pen­sive, es­pe­cially if you fol­low the non-manda­tory Bri­tish Stan­dard rec­om­men­da­tions.

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