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Alan de Enfield

Member Since 20 Oct 2010
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In Topic: Getting coal from bag to stove

Today, 09:34 AM


What is the grammes of ash out:fuel in ratio that you get with that?


Sorry - I have not worked it out using those criteria - I get 813 inches of ash to 144 'lumps' of fuel - is that any help ?

In Topic: planning permission for new marina on grand union

Today, 09:29 AM

This thread just goes to show why it would be impossible to have a "Recommended Boat Yard" 'sticky'.


The expectations and experiences of the customers vary to such an extent that any 'comments' are worthless - which do you believe ?


"....washing machines were fine and always on line, never used the toilets but the elsen was always clean. On the whole as one of their moorers I found them friendly and helpful".


Or :-


The owners of Willowbridge marina have no good will to customers at all, the facilities are filthy, and they deny any liability to their customers safety. Health and safety is non existant in their yard, they seem to beleive the fact its diy work absolves them from any responsibility. Cars parked on live electric cables, and lying in puddles, welding and grinding with no screens, deep potholes where people have to walk, no lighting at night, crane lifting slings left dumpted on the muddy ground, timber and flammable materiels stored under boats, no fire extinguishers ect ect.

In Topic: Getting coal from bag to stove

Today, 09:15 AM

What coal do you use Alan de Enfield?


"Stove Flame Plus" manufactured by "National Coal", clean burning and produces very little ash - normally empty the ash pan every 3 days.


Delivered to the marina at £350 for 40x 25kg bags, or £200 for 20 x 25 kg bags, or sourced from the local "open all hours" shop at £9,99 / bag.




They also offer Excel, Taybrite etc etc.

In Topic: Getting coal from bag to stove

Today, 08:53 AM

alan_fincher, on 25 Nov 2014 - 10:59 PM, said:




And I thought it was Magnetman who described himself as "a bit anoraky". laugh.png


Well I didnt like to mention the 5 pieces of kindling, cut to 1/2" x 1/2"x 6" and the 1/2 firelighter used on the initial lighting in case I was thought to be a bit OCD.


You somtimes have to find something to do - you cannot keep mending unbroken things, and with the early dark nights its nice to be tucked up by 4:07 pm


In Topic: Stove flue pipes?

Today, 08:43 AM

A double insulated flue may make the stove run more efficiently but the heat out put into yur boat is seriously reduced.


I looked at the surface area of my stove, and compared it to the surface area of the (inside the boat) flue - the surface area of the flue was about 50% of the surface area of the stove.


By insulating the flue, I would lose some 33% of the heat generated by letting it go 'up-and-out instead' of radiating out into the boat.


You need to run your fire more (burn more coal) to get the same heat going into the boat


Take an example :


Flue diameter 4" and 5 feet (60" long) will give you a surface area (3.142 x 4 x 60) of approximately 720 inches2

A stove with 12" square sides (6 sides including top & bottom) ( 12 x 12 x 6) has a surface area of 864 inches2