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Dave S2

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  1. range cooking and heating help

    Hi there, What is the manual configuration you speak of? I have worked out it should use 1.14 litres of diesel per hour but after an hour of heating up to 200 the oven will cool down every 15 minutes or so and the burner will prob come on again for a few minutes after that time cycling roughly like this. Always have a multifuel burner on board with a backboiler this is a must have for when the range needs servicing or when you run out of diesel and IS nicer. All houses with ranges I am certain have a stove as well! (tho i could be wrong) I will emphasise just how helpful those guys at Heritage are. I have learnt how to replace the burner nozzle and adjust the electrodes next to them. I am going to learn gasket replacement and removal of hob for clean out, also the bottom of the oven is removable for a hoover or wipe clean if necessary with a wide flat head screwdriver. It is worth knowing because their time is limited and I think they welcome it if you are confident however a full service which involves adjusting the pump pressure... a critical factor, is not something I can yet do or perhaps would be able to do. If it fits then a Compact would be advantageous over an UNO.
  2. 'Gas free Boats'

    ...and have another pint of aspall cider!
  3. 'Gas free Boats'

    I honestly think insulation should be 50mm thick or even more - we would all save thousands of pounds a year on fuel and the environment too. I read that 100mm spray foam should be used in order to have a temperature controlled room.
  4. Power generation

    Starter batteries aren't for living off and neither are leisure batteries. I know a farmer in wales who has a bank of solar panels and 800AH of traction batteries and a diesel generator. he says he has to run genny 2 hours every day. in the summer he can run power tools off the solar battery combination. I believe this all runs his farm and house and there is a large wind turbine that hardly moves too. I would always specify at least a 5000VA inverter, 1000 plus AH battery bank at 24V and prob 500 W of solar panels or more and a diesel generator. If I had that I'd be laughing - I do have 12V 800AH (Trojan 6V batteries) 3000VA inverter and 2.8Kw petrol generator and no solar panels but it's just enough to run this boat with 4 hours charging per day.
  5. 'Gas free Boats'

    The Heritage Uno and next 2 models up use a Sterling NuWay ST40 burner. Heritage reccommends the use of a 0.3 USgallonperhour nozzle. Have used 0.4 but as suggested apparently soots up the unit. Grande is ST50 i believe 100 watts @ 230V which is not the most efficient when cruising. 200 litres in 2 months we used if not more... heating and cooking on a 70 x 12 boat. should have got the Compact as UNO is definitely rubbish for us, tho compact has 2 burners instead of one for separate heating and cooking. i don't care if it heats while you cook if the oven maxes out and you can't cook on the hob or indeed heat the boat since the 2 systems are connected. Why not get a dedicated cooker and dedicated heating then when one of them breaks you can still eat or be warm? had to install a woodburner anyway. best thing ever! wish i had full size gas cooker, alde boiler hooked up to engine too, and back boiler on woodburner as backup for heating bedrooms etc cos the UNO plays up all the time. dis diesel is rising all the time... 92p from Pace barge boat and 88p from uxbridge don't rely on one form of heating get at least 2 and when it gets to -5 you can have them all on at once! - if they work that is. I am very disgruntled as I just replaced the nozzle and had to work out why it didn't turn on... seems the ceramic spark plugs have to be aligned properly which i have done and feel proud of myself for doing this, BIG BUT just discovered fumes leaking out of the insulation at the top because of a failed gasket which I am going to replace. I have become quite the service technician!
  6. experiences with a Heritage range cooker on a nb?

    Heritage are happy to work on bad installs. I know. It's something they really should think about before letting people go and do their own install! heritage is simple and cheaper because they couldn't be bothered to write the temperature ranges in an obvious scale on the oven dial 100 watts of electrical power for our UNO that's 8 and a bit amp hours at 12VDC. Not great at all for cruising especially including the 230V heating circulation pump at least get a 12VDC circulation pump. The noise is quite loud enough from ours. gravity fed systems i believe need to be level... Since it weighs 250 to 300kgs I can't get rid of it nor can I afford to! It looks very nice though so that's a plus!
  7. experiences with a Heritage range cooker on a nb?

    Yes but it's the winter that I fear - since i have the damn thing in bits again to change the nozzle myself BECAUSE the service dept is in cornwall and now it needs servicing/fixing. No end of hassle. While I am sitting here with no oven and no central heating I think to myself why oh why didn't i get a bigger wood stove with a back boiler plumbed into the radiators. I also wish I had a full size gas cooker with decent oven, also the oven would heat up in a sensible time or when this breaks which it invariably does once a year We wouldn't be sat here like muppets AND also when we can't get 300 litres of diesel to fill up because the fuel barge won't turn up again I wish I had an LPG system because at least I dont have to take the boat to the shop to get a bottle... having a car helps loads too! Don't rely on fuel barges. Fill up full in November, our main mistake was not to get 500 litres in November when it turned cold. it wasn't so bad this year because we had a wood burner installed and a portable gas hob. I presume the temperature issue isn't so bad in a narrowboat. Do you find the oven temperature maxes out before you get the boat warm and have to open oven door to let heat escape? OR Do you max out the oven temperature because importantly the hob is useless with the burner off? this happens after being on for a couple of hours. If it would fit at the very least get a heritage Compact. Install the damn thing in the center of the boat too and don't miss out a single part of the electrical or plumbing instructions - the flu can easily be shorter than 4.5 metres our is maybe 1.5 to roof plus a 24" chimney I think. Also make sure it is double skinned or goodbye paint work on roof and wherever that water flows to drain. We haven't had a good experience but how ridiculous to not to have a separate oven and heating control which obviously requires a larger unit to fit in 2 burners but at least I wouldn't moan. I think these cost nearly £5000 too. Good points - the engineers are very nice... so far met 3 of them. Sterling burners are kind but only deal with trade. I now have a new skill. Finally the hot water is amazing and the oven is alright and the heating works but there is just no heat retention in this boat I think. I will write more when I think of it. Ask them about a boat called Stealth. in a way it's not their fault it was the previous owners who had an obviously small budget but I'm sure they are happy to give us free servicing!
  8. experiences with a Heritage range cooker on a nb?

    STOP!!!!!!! think long and hard first. I want to explain my issues to you. then I am going to TRY to call their service department to get them to come and fix ours!!!! AGAIN!