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Webasto Diesel Cookers

Is there any reason, technical or safety related, why the Webasto diesel ceramic hotplates (X100) are not installed in narrowboats when they are fitted to motorhomes. They seem to be a standard fit in RVs and would eliminate the need to stow LPG bottles.

Asked by: Lawrence Williams  | 10.00pm, Friday 28 April

WW says:

It has always surprised me as well that they are not installed more frequently. The main physical reasons are the siting of the exhaust and the requirement for a low voltage supply to run. However, I think the main reason is that people like the instant heating of gas and the ability to have quick control and four (or more) burners-.
There is no reason not to intall one- you might consider a separate diesel tank to supply it (and any diesel heating) as the diesel is less likely to degrade than obtained from a large engine holding tank. There are also other makes of diesel hobs and ovens as well which are also very suitable- given good installation and planning. If you are used to hotplate cooking and have good low-voltage systems, then they can be perfect.
However LPG systems are safe and convenient and for just cooking don't need changing often- though good installationis essential of course.

Mark Langley  | 8.40PM, Saturday 29 April

I mean gas cylinders changing often!

Mark Langley  | 8.41PM, Saturday 29 April

It is important to fit the marinised version rather than the version fitted to RVs.

Rupert Smedley  | 8.40PM, Monday 1 May

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