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Old 04-10-2017, 06:39 AM   #1
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Dickinson Marine Propane Fireplace Install

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Fireplace installed on the refrigerator bulkhead (TV removed), at the end of the lounge.
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The flue is double walled with the exhaust on the inside and combustion air coming down the outside. The chimney is warm to the touch, but likely won't burn unless you grabbed a hold for several seconds.
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Chimney cap is low profile and as it is designed for the marine environment will keep out the rain.
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The fire adds lots of heat and ambiance.
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The propane line was tee'd outside the coach and then the run through the refrigerator compartment and through the bulkhead. 12 volt power to run the fan was also brought through from the bulkhead.
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How hot will the bottom get? It looks close to the cushions.
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How hot will the bottom get? It looks close to the cushions.
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It needs to be 6" from the bottom of the firebox. The bottom of the unit is the fan control and interior air re-circulating inlet. When the fan is running the room are is brought in at the bottom and then is distributed out of a vent at the top. The unit is surrounded by a stainless outer box so only warm to the touch. The door, of course, is too hot to touch when in operation.
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Love this
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Very nice. Is that more efficient than the furnace?
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Cool project. So it is gas burning, not wood? I like how it looks in the overall decor.
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I really love this solution for heating with propane. No water vapor buildup in the coach like a catalytic heater, and you get the ambiance of an actual fire.

Nice, clean install, too. Beautiful job.
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Very nice. Is that more efficient than the furnace?
We installed the Dickinson P12000 which puts out 4000 BTU on low (5.5 hours per pound of LP) and 5500 BTU on high (3.9 hours per pound of LP). There is a 12 volt fan that can be turned off so that there is no electrical consumption, unlike the heavy draw of the furnace.

It went below freezing at The Pinery Provincial Park in Ontario this weekend and with the fireplace running the furnace cycled on for about five minutes once every 15 minutes. This was good to keep warm air circulating in the tank area.

Unlike catalytic heaters this unit uses outside air for combustion and exhausts outside so there is no problem with oxygen depletion inside or with noxious (or dangerous) combustion products inside.
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Cool project. So it is gas burning, not wood? I like how it looks in the overall decor.
Thanks for your kind comments. This is a gas burning model, but they do make a solid fuel burning unit. We considered that one, but didn't want to contend with ashes and you loose the ambiance of the visible flame. Here is a link to a YouTube video of an install of the solid fuel stove in and Airstream in Europe.
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Well done, very clean!
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I just put one in my '65 26' and it is very nice.
The flue does get hot enough to concern me as
I have replaced the aluminum inner shell with varnished
marine plywood. So I have a good gap at the penetration
area.
I plan to run a couple computer fans on the flue to improve
air circulation and try to cool it down.
Also had it on during sub-zero conditions with a 30kt wind
and the trailer stayed at 65 degrees all night.....but with
wind like that I felt like I was back on a boat!
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Ahhhh I can feel the heat now on this rainy cool blustery day!

I had the identical heater in my 37' sailboat and it served us well on Great Slave Lake
(North of 60) and the Pacific Northwest and loved it.

The flu never got hot enough to burn or melt the deck had which was covered with a vinyl lined fabric, but warm enough to radiate nice dry heat inside; never discoloured the teak wood behind or under it and operated flawlessly for years.

I liked the safety aspect of drawing its combustion air from the outside and venting outside A compeletley closed combustion system with no carbon monoxide inside ever.

While the little exhaust cap doesnt look like much, even with boarding seas and decks awash it never admitted any water.
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Dickinson Marine Propane Fireplace Install

Sorry-wrong location.
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