Boat Safety Scheme Warns Boaters Against the Use of Damp Fuel

Boat Safety Scheme Warns Boaters Against the Use of Damp Fuel

22 January 2015

The Boat Safety Scheme has issued a warning to boaters, that the use of damp wood and logs in stoves could put them at risk of increased costs, stove damage and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Damp fuel will cause stoves to run at a lower temperature as the heat of the fire produces steam and hence the stove requires more fuel to keep the boat warm. The steam dissolves-out flammable, acidic tars, which will cling to, block and damage the stove and its chimney. Damaged stove installations are more likely to leak combustion gases into the cabin space, and because of incomplete combustion as the fuel is damp, those gases are more likely to contain carbon monoxide. Stove flues lined with tar could also lead to a chimney fire. It is therefore crucial that wood fuel is kept in a dry, well-ventilated area.

More information on the dangers of damp fuel and how to check wood is suitable for burning is available at IWA's website.

Photo: Grand Union, Lower Shuckburgh, warming up on a chilly morning (photo by Carmen Smith)

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