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Old 11-25-2016, 11:24 AM   #1
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Big coal stove in a bus?

Out in my barn I have a Warm Morning coal stove, possibly a model 618. It's in great shape. But it's about four feet tall and heavy as lead. Someone please tell me I'm nuts to consider this so I can move on with more realistic plans.



[I'm interested in coal for energy density, cost, and not needing to get up in the middle of the night to tend it.]
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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OK...you're nuts.

While coal is very efficient as far as BTU's per unit, that seems like a lot of weight to be toting around. My biggest concern might be simply securing it. That much mass flying around in a crash or even hard braking could get messy in a hurry.

But then...it IS paid for.
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Old 11-25-2016, 04:20 PM   #3
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I think you would be able to roast a whole cow in your bus if you run that thing at full blast
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And if you can stand the smell.
My experience with coal in a woodstove is akin to burning railroad ties.
And if you were to venture outside of the coal industry states, you might be hard pressed to find fuel for it.
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And if you can stand the smell.
My experience with coal in a woodstove is akin to burning railroad ties.
And if you were to venture outside of the coal industry states, you might be hard pressed to find fuel for it.
Not to mention you've gotta store the coal.
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It looks perfect.
Secure it well.
It might be heavy but it looks like it has a small footprint.
Put it in your bus and post pictures.
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Old 11-25-2016, 07:14 PM   #7
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25 yrs ago i used to have a coal stove in my vanhool. Lived in that bus for 5 yrs.
Mostly burned wood but sometimes coal. Still have the stove, it was my grandmothers and has cute little windows.

Short chimneys can have poor draft with coal and carbon monoxide and a small space I would not do it again.
We had a draft fan on top of the chimney to get things going without smoking up the whole bus.

A problem with hand fed stoves , wood or coal is that they are slow to respond and hard to regulate. Better to go for wood pellets or if you want coal a stoker stove. There is a dual fuel wood pellet / rice coal stoker. Hard to find and expensive and to much heat for a bus.

nice stove though
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:40 AM   #8
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And you thought it was a pain to hike around and find dead wood to burn. Coal? That's going to be a heck of a hike!
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Around here you can buy coal in 50lb bags at any tractor supply or farm store... 6 bucks last time I was there... Its gonna burn you out at first, but once you get used to it you can adjust your burns to keep it at a nice pleasant temp... The stove IS already paid for after all... and remember you can always burn wood in a coal stove too if you can't find coal...
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I think it is doable but question the wisdom: how would one *PROPERLY* secure one of these for travel... and for a quick stop?

This beast is probably at least 225 lbs. I'm 6'4" and 400# (not all muscle by a long shot, but carrying that weight around *does* require some). It was all I could do to move it with a bear hug grip and a strap from its front around the back of my neck, with lifting done primarily by my legs.

I think I might be better off to spend a few hundred on a small wood stove or a vented propane heater.

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