Marine diesel stoves work by burning diesel. Sounds obvious, but this means they will need a flue. This should be considered carefully and placed where it will not interfere with the operation of the boat, or where the differing winds operating on a boat underway will not cause hazards.
A big benefit of oil stoves is that they are much cleaner in the cabin that traditional sold fuel stoves, as there is no ash or coal dust to fly around. Diesel is also relatively straightforward to store, it can be held in diesel tanks tucked away in the boat’s hold.
Some users of marine diesel stoves report that they initially found it challenging to get them started. On commissioning or servicing an appliance, our engineers will make sure that you feel comfortable lighting the appliance on your own. Each appliance has a slightly different method for starting them up. While it may seem obvious to old hands, new users can find it takes a few moments to understand.
Being relatively straightforward machines, in general, diesel stoves require less budget over the long term to keep in good working order. We recommend getting an experienced engineer in to service the appliance before firing it up in earnest for the winter season. There are specialised parts to check, plus incorrect operation can lead to the formation of carbon monoxide, which is deadly.
This relative simplicity makes these heating appliances fairly robust, and they can cope with being run over long periods. We would recommend them as the main heat source for a residential boat over winter, or for leisure boats looking to get out year round.