This past year has gone down in our record books as the toughest ever boat owning year. There have been a lot of days when we talked about selling Serenity. But we still have her and blame this on the stove/central heating that we installed.
I love it.
It may have taken every ounce of our stamina to get finished. It may have cost more to put in than we could afford. But having heat throughout the boat in these cold winter days (and not having to buy fuel to boot!) is heavenly.
Being able to dry our clothes on the radiators or in front of the fire is a blessing.
Not being confined to a single room because the rest of the boat is unheated gives us more freedom.
Not feeling like every minute of heat to the radiators is costing us money is even better. (our old diesel system cost us £400 for 6 weeks of radiator heat, our anthracite stove was much better but only heated one room).
I'm keen on building in systems that, whilst they may have a significant initial outlay, will give us much lower monthly bills. Perhaps it's all those 'end of the world' films I've watched but i think the world will look pretty different in 15-25 years.
So, I'm in love with the stove. The beating heart of Serenity. I'm working on the rest.