Before I even got the bus I started making a wood stove for it. I like the fact that the wood stove actually removes moisture from the air (unlike propane which makes
moisture), doesn't use electricity (I'll be doing nothing but boon-docking), and if I'm out camping, what's better than gathering up deadfall and having a little campfire inside the bus?
Started off with some super professional plans drawn by state of the art software:
I made the whole thing out of 1/4" thick steel, and there's a baffle up top to force air around the baffle to get to the chimney. This should, theoretically, make the hot air stay in the stove longer and force it along the top, making more heat and a better cooking surface. We'll see if that theory pans out.
I started out by making the main stove body:
Then made the opening for the door:
Welded in some crude baffles out of scrap I had to help with airflow:
Made the air flow control. Simple, but hopefully effective:
Painted with stove paint and added a nifty handle:
Made some door hinges kinda like a Wrangler. The door can slide up and off the hinges, not sure why I did that, but there ya go:
Welded in a thick 4" chimney adapter, 1/4" everywhere for longevity. Don't want it burning out while on my bus! This will connect to a Duravent pellet stove chimney system with a rating of 1" clearance to combustibles.
As it sits now:
Need to fab up legs and a latch system, and she's ready for cleaning/paint!