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  1. 8 minutes ago, Cheshire cat said:


    I heard whispers that it had been sorted out which is why I asked the question. From the lack of confirmation on here I guess not.

    Don't poke the bear I'd say. It being "sorted out" is unlikely to be to our benefit.

  2. 1 hour ago, bizzard said:

    Heaters were again optional. 

    Well, to be fair to Mr Ford, he probably assumed owners of electric slippers wouldn't want to pay more for a vehicle with an unnecessary supplementary heater.

  3. 16 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

    The flue brushes that candlers sell are a waste of time, they fall apart and don't scrape the tar off the flue.

    I have a flue brush, whether on not it's similar I don't know. Anyway, it's well old now, still in good nick and seems to do a reasonable job. Recently had the 15 year old flue out to replace the collar and there was no significant build up. That said, I burn only smokeless solid fuel and don't suffer from tar, which might be the difference. Actually, if it becomes necessary to follow rules and start burning fully seasoned "ready to burn" approved logs, it's probably worth considering switching to solid fuel, which stays in longer and also takes up less storage space. 

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  4. 5 minutes ago, Cheese said:

    Blizzard is on to something here. Heated clothing ought to be more efficient / cheaper than heating the whole boat or house). And it would work on deck too.

    My Keis 12v motorcycle heated waistcoat certainly works a treat when I steer the boat in winter. 

  5. 18 hours ago, Hudds Lad said:

    It's why they used to hand out newspapers to the riders in the Tour de France and other races at the top of climbs, they'd stuff them under their jerseys before the descent to stop the windchill on the way down ;) 

    Same in the Tour de Yorkshire, only it's the fish and chips wrapped in the newspaper that keep you warm...

  6. 3 minutes ago, IanD said:


    The problem is that decent pubs are few and far between on that stretch of canal, and if the Willeymoor Lock closes because boaters are (unfairly?) put off from going there, there'll be one fewer... 😞

    In my defence, I bought drinks and evening meals there so I did give it a fair crack of the whip! 

  7. 27 minutes ago, IanD said:

    We went twice because though it was almost empty the food and beer were good and the staff were friendly, which is all I look for in a pub..

    Seems entirely reasonable to me. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't awful - it just wasn't a place I'd be interested in using if I  stopped near it l again. 


    ETA. It was September the 13th, so maybe being "black Wednesday" it was an off-night! :(

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  8. 1 minute ago, cuthound said:


    I've been forced to follow really slow widebeams in that area a couple of times, but fortunately none travelling that slowly... :(


    I'd crash in those circumstances. My seaman's eye gets very offended and won't let me stare at one for very long. 

  9. We ate there in September last. I was somewhat less than whelmed. Quite a few folk obviously off boats in there, but if there were any locals I didn't spot them. My guess would be that the location and transient nature of the clientele means they don't need to try too hard and any extra effort would be hard to justify as it would not figure on their balance sheet in any positive way.

  10. 4 hours ago, Naughty Cal said:

    We were the opposite with our Webasto air heater. (Ebersplutter equivalent)


    It was turned on just before we got to the boat Friday evening and in the winter often wasn't turned off again until Monday morning when we left for work.


    It was only serviced once in 13 years and that's when we had to take it off to replace the fan unit. Other than that it worked like clockwork. 


    Brilliant piece of kit.

    Wasn't yours a blower though as opposed to wet radiator central heating?

  11. 1 minute ago, Alan de Enfield said:


    On the current boat - Yes, an 8Kw 'air blower'.

    On Previous boats I've had 'Eber Water heaters' just running on a thermostat.

    I meant the coaches, but the same applies to boat blowers. It seems to me that the DW issue might be a vulnerability rather than a certainty and I'm sure that there are many others like yours without issues. I suspect also that the regular dismantling for servicing introduces additional risk, although I doubt a manufacturer would support 'neglect' - did you follow an annual/hours-based service routine?

  12. Mine has a programmer which has a 1 hour boost button. Generally, that does the job although I still listen. Like you, I like to shut it down when it's on full power, so I wait for it to run back up, give it a couple of minutes, then switch it off. Meticulous or overthinking - I'm not sure, but it seems to like it.

    9 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

    Ebers were designed to spend many hours left to their own devices keeping 'long distance' coaches warm, I'm pretty sure that the coach driver didn't have to turn it on and off every hour to stop it cycling onto 'low' and then back on to 'high'.

    But they're Airtronic, aren't they? I believe Eber didn't have a problem with those - their investigation was only into early failures of the DWs. It's the water coming back to the unit hot that causes the short cycling, which is not an issue with the warm air blower.

  13. I'd echo the sentiments of @blackrose above.


    Eberspacher had a bit of a reputation for early failures some years ago and did their own investigation. Their ensuing report is a available on the web (Google is your friend), but essentially they found that when lightly loaded they coked up and eventually failed. The key is to work it hard then shut it down which is to say have a keen ear for it going into the low power mode - you can hear it run down and the dose pump ticking go slow.  I tend to use mine in 1hr bursts which allows me to warm the boat on a morning whilst the solid fuel stove comes back up to speed and gives a tank of hot water. Even in that hour half an ear is listening for short cycling. This usage pattern appears not too dissimilar to how @Rob-M got 20 years out of his.


    Additionally, my own regime is to use "Reliability Centred Maintenance" principles and leave the damned thing alone if it's happy. Mine is 15 years old and has never been interfered with - others have had different experiences. I

  14. On 12/02/2024 at 12:47, MJG said:


    Because it's not a paddling pool it's a dog bed.



    I agree with @MtB - it's a paddling pool, probably acting as an inflatable dog wash. Why else would it need temperature testing with an elbow?

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