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We have been writing about canal boats/narrowboats and stoves recently. I was wondering if anyone has any practical experience living in this environment. I would be very interested to hear feedback - procs and cons.

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1 minute ago, allseasons said:

Lived on one for 4 years loved it

Until you are frozen in, the fuel boat can't get through due to lack of water and he's fully loaded and you're handballing bags of coal along the towpath.

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2 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:


Get a CO meter.

Get a CO alarm whatever you burn

 

Propane leaks are a big danger in a boat as it initially stays at the bottom and then deflagrates when it reaches a flame.

 

Also remember to remove the stack before low bridges

 

I wonder if it is the short chimney on the Morso Squirrel that makes it difficult to burn wood as cleanly as my s11 at home.

 

As keeping a fire in is essential on the boat in winter  it runs mostly on smokeless coal

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A lot depends how the boat is used, if you have a mooring, cruise for a few days then go back to the mooring you don't need to carry a lot of coal with you. On the other hand if you are a continues cruiser everything you need has to be taken onboard, coal along with solar panels, pushbike, the flue, vent mushrooms will all be stored on the roof, if you are single handed you've got to get up on the roof to get access the lock ladders. All that on frosty morning, (the time of year when you don't want to be ending up in the cut).

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Lived on NB for 12 years on the Thames didn’t use marinas had a Morso Squirrel stove with a diesel burning conversion worked really well would heat all 64 ft using a stove top fan keep up with the usual cleaning etc have a separate storage tank pay no vat on fuel 

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I am living on a Narrowboat at the moment.

I had my central heating disconnected and now only use my Aarrow wood burner .

Works for me ......

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34 minutes ago, maria warwick said:

I am living on a Narrowboat at the moment.

I had my central heating disconnected and now only use my Aarrow wood burner .

Works for me ......

Why did you have the central heating disconnected, was it running of a Califior (sp)?

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