PART 3 - Let there be HEAT !
What makes a winter steelhead trip more pleasant than a warm boat? It's amazing how nice a little heat is on a really cold day, even nice on those not so cold ones too! I looked and looked for any info on heater set-ups and found absolutely nothing. A few mentions here and there but nothing to help me with burner selection, set-up, fuel lines, or anything else. I knew it could be done as most guides have heaters for the winter months, but as for exactly how I wasn't sure. The first thing to figure out is what fuel source you're going to run. I decided on propane. The tank from my barbeque grill would work well; something I already have and don't use that much in the winter. The next issue to contend with was what kind of heater to get. There's absolutely a ton of little portable heaters on the market, the trick is finding one that you can adapt for installation!

After spending the better part of 2 days looking at all types I decided on one by Master Tank. Wouldn't ya know it the week after I got them I saw one just like it only it had electric start - Figures! I settled on two units, one for the front, and the other for the back. Both units are adjustable by a knob from 9-15 thousand BTU's. Figured I wouldn't need one in the middle, as rowing would keep me warm and with 2 heaters going the whole boat would be semi-warm. After the heaters were chosen it was time to figure out how to get the propane from the bottle to the heaters.
There's 2 choices here, copper line or rubber. With copper line, what I chose, there's no fear of putting a hook thru it, but if it's not secured it'll rub and eventually wear a hole in the line. This is a problem I'm having already and will most likely switch out to rubber lines. Also, working with copper you'll need a few tools including a flaring tool, pipe cutters, and general wrenches.
Plan on spending a while in your local hardware store to find all the right adapters to hook everything up, as well as convert from propane to regular pipe threads. Hint- Don't hit Home Depot or Lowe's, neither had the propane converter adapters. I found them at the True Value.
So right about now I'm asking myself why I chose to run copper instead of rubber. I'm sure you are too! Simple, the cost of rubber lines is in excess of $50, and when I rigged the boat, September, most places had all their barbeque stock put up untill summer. I'm in the process of changing out to rubber lines right now so look for that update soon.

Ok, so now we've got the fuel, the heaters, and the fuel lines all picked out and ready to go. Now comes the fun part, choosing the right location for the heaters. Keep in mind when placing them, breathable waders melt very easily, as does mono and fly line! Here's the spot I picked out for the front.
Here's where I mounted the heater in the back. I wanted a little different positioning on the heaters but had to compromise due to mounting issues. I've seen a couple different mounting locations for the rear of the boat including between the casting brace poles and on top of the propane tank, which is mounted at the rear of the boat as well.
Now that you've got a position for the heaters you'll need to situate the propane tank somewhere in the boat, preferably far away from the flame! There's a few choices for tanks, from regular BBQ style to compacts, flats, and small cylinders. Your boat and space will dictate the best choice for you.
You might need to get a little creative and fabricate your own mounting brackets! I made this one out of copper water line. Don't laugh, it works!
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