TONY BROOKS

Tech­ni­cal Con­sul­tant

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin -

Win­ter is now upon us and many will be us­ing stoves for heat­ing. Please do not be tempted to block the BSS vents as the slight­est leak from the stove could kill you with car­bon monox­ide. The cooker will be do­ing its best in that di­rec­tion and mak­ing more con­den­sa­tion if not well ven­ti­lated. Have a sniff around the stove sur­round when the stove is run­ning hard. Ce­ramic tiles over ply­wood are a po­ten­tially lethal com­bi­na­tion so the slight­est whiff of char­ring wood needs very ur­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

I trust those who left boats tied up for the win­ter have also left the win­dow hop­pers or sim­i­lar open (not above the bed and up­hol­stery) to max­imise ven­ti­la­tion and min­imise con­den­sa­tion. Re­mem­ber to wedge the fridge door open to min­imise the mould that grows in closed fridges that are turned off.

If you run a de­hu­mid­i­fier when away, block all vents or you just try to de­hu­mid­ify the whole at­mos­phere. Check the un­der floor bilge is dry or the de­hu­mid­i­fier will act as a very slow bilge pump.

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