Elsa still has her factory fitted Cole Stainless steel stove. It needed a little t.l.c. when we first got Elsa, but now works very well indeed.
The fire-door hinge was broken and the flue baffle plate was loose, but these were soon fixed up. We have tried burning solid fuel balls, charcoal, peat and wood.
Wood is best, followed by peat and charcoal. The solid fuel balls were not very good, producing lots of ash.
We now have a supply of small logs on board (plus, currently, a couple of sacks of old garden furniture, recycled, so to speak, for marine use
The flue did give us some problems. With the wind over the bows (almost always when on the mooring) there was a down-draught. Quite bad in fact. Enough to fill the cabin with smoke!
As you can see from this picture, the original flue was very low indeed with its cowl just above deck level. It either needed to be higher or have some fancy cowl, maybe even an electric fan.
My theory was if it could be high enough to be above any turbulence then we might get away without the fancy cowl.
But it could not be too high, about 14 inches or so maximum.
The 3 inch diameter stainless pipe required seems difficult to obtain and is expensive, so I was a bit reluctant to buy any as it might not work, so I set to looking for something temporary, just to try it out.
A rummage in my precious junk pile revealed some of those insulated stainless steel drinks mugs. You know the ones, stale coffee dregs and washing up water gets between the inner and outer shells and makes them unusable. For some reason I kept them (probably the shiny stainless
Lo and behold, the outer shell was 7 inches long and the wide end was 3 inches diameter! Two of these were soon joined together to make a flue extension 13 inches long. Although intended as an experiment it turned out to work extremely well, and is very robust. It has now done a season of use in all weathers. It is a little stained with soot and wood tar but otherwise is standing up well. (I just read an article saying oxalic acid (ie Y10 stain remover) is good for cleaning stainless steel - so watch this space)