Does my stove look big in this?

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: -

QWe have been told our mas­sive Jo­tul 380 Lum­ber­jack wood-burn­ing stove is ‘too big’ for a 36ft boat and we need a smaller one. It’s a beauty though, with two hot plates to keep the ket­tle warm and cook on, and the way it heats the boat is awe­some. So al­though I can see the point if it’s dan­ger­ous in a small space, I’m sad to see it go. How much would it sell for? JOHNJINX1, via the CB web­site

ATONY REPLIES... The words ‘too big’ are mean­ing­less in this con­text. If the heat out­put is too high and you get far too hot, that does not make it unsafe. Per­haps they meant the sur­round­ing ma­te­ri­als are flammable and too close, but even then I sus­pect it will not be a Boat Safety Scheme fail­ure un­less there are signs of scorch­ing.

Flamma­bil­ity of sur­round­ing ma­te­ri­als is fraught with dan­ger. Too often they are made from ce­ramic tiles or metal on ply­wood back­ing, caus­ing fires where the heat has gone right through to the wood be­neath – worse if the air gaps be­tween stove and sur­rounds are too small. One an­swer is re­build the sur­round in to­tally fire re­sis­tant ma­te­ri­als with ther­mal in­su­la­tion plus an air gap be­tween the sur­round and ad­ja­cent flammable ma­te­rial.

You can re­duce the heat out­put by pack­ing the sides of the fire­box with fire­bricks. Smaller fires pro­duce less heat – but just as high tem­per­a­tures at the stove sides.

If you sell it, the stove is only worth what some­one will pay, so I fear it’s an ebay job.

Make sure stove air gaps and sur­rounds are the cor­rec t size

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