Does my stove look big in this?
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