Since we wanted to have this thing warm enough to work in during the winter months we began preparing for the hearth and hearth walls to block the major heat from getting to things that should be near high temps. On the side i am slowly getting the equipment together for the control console. We also got a cast iron wood stove from my parents for pretty cheap that will heat the bus real nice when needed.
Switches i bought on amazon: 12v rocker switches green LED On/Off. We got five of them for $15.
Here is the wood-stove before and after. Used a high temp paint made for grills and wood stove restores, only cost $3 to do this.
Fired it up outside the bus a bit to get rid of any paint fumes that may occur during the first couple burns.
laid out some painters tape to get a feel of how big the hearth needed to be.
Framed up the hearth floor with 2X4's used a mixture of laying them vertically and horizontally as well as ripping some of them, since i went and bought a bunch of wood to metal screws that were only 2 1/2" long. they were all glued with adhesive and screwed together, pretty damn solid. The insulation around this hearth is this: https://www.menards.com/main/p-14444...73250734350818
After going home and thinking about the design some more, we knew what we had wouldn't work, we skimped too much on the angle iron so we came up with another design which was very sturdy and didn't even budge and was nice to look at. There will still be enough room for a hand rail to get up the stairs too, also leaving a huge air gap in the back and sides, it should work out great.
got chilly one morning (only 45*F but very eager) so we tested it out using the old heath pad just for precautions and it warmed the bus right up and were able to work in it nicely.
port hole to another world
here is where we left it for the weekend. There is concrete board there, with a wire lath on it for the picture but not currently attatched. We will also cut out some more concrete board for the two triangle sides and the bottom too, all will get the wire lath with a mortar mix that will have minnesota lake superior rocks on it that we hand picked for hours. had leftover high temp paint so we just used it up.
Thanks nat, pics coming soon, took a week off of work starting monday to insulate it before the snow stays on the ground and the real cold starts.
Tinyhousbus - it is the vogelzang 26e model i couldnt find a smaller size but i admit i didnt really look for something smaller but once we tested it in the bus it wasnt too big but definitely wouldnt get a bigger model. The lil sweetie model sounds perfect! We are gonna make some beef stew on ours this next week while we work to test it out more. Not sure where our woodstove came from since my parents had it for many years, our local fleet farm did carry it for around $150 though. Also ours has the 26" box so your 20" will be perfect!
yes we did, thanks for asking though! couple pages ago you can see one shot(only a view from the top though) where it was all painted with a rust inhibitor paint/primer they are white not the interior black color. wish i could find some more tar coating though, that'd be sweet to put some there.
The Hearth and surround is now pretty much finished, now all that's left is for a railing to be attatched when the stairs gets completed and some nice trim wood when it comes time for completion of everything else on the inside. We have also decided on another big milestone on the build as well, we were not originally going to do a roof raise but after much thought we will be doing one, so that is next on our list since we are pretty much at that stage.
concrete board and wire lath up. one sheet of wire lath pretty much covered it all but was a touch short so we spread it out and it worked on the bottom since gravity will do the rest of the work. We also shelled out the extra money for mortar color, we chose charcoal color and was only about $6 for every bag 60lb bag of mix, very happy we picked it out.