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