Originally Posted by Skip
Does anyone have experience with burning a wood stove WITHOUT any insulation what so ever? (maybe a couple layers of card board (which I've heard can actually have an R-rating of 3.something
I was also wondering if it is necessary to bolt the wood stove to the floor to keep it put while driving, or is it heavy enough (the one were looking at is about 250lbs) to stay put on its own?
..and if so how?
I lived in 26 feet of my last bus for a month before I got it insulated. I don't wish it on anyone.
At only -10 C the radiant cold from the walls and floor was so bad it was unbearable. I had to be 3 feet from the stove to feel the heat. While one side of my body cooked, the other side froze. Stove had to be loaded every two hours to keep it from going out. Getting out of my blankets to tend the fire, take a sh$t, or do anything else, was like taking a polar plunge. Condensation built up and started to freeze everything.
Please no card board. You will die in a fire. The side of the stove closest to the bus wall will need a double heat shield. Don't use galvanized steel for heat shields. It will give off toxic fumes when it gets too hot. Same for the bus walls. If they are galvanized, you need to shield it.
Best would be some sort of thin Styrofoam. It too must be kept away from the stove. Anything you can get at your budget. 3/4 of a inch will make all the difference.
Old blankets hung to block the radiant cold help. But they will freeze to the walls, so don't use ones you care about.
You will live in a winter coat till you get it insulated. Woman often take the cold alot harder than men.
The way the fisher "baby bear" is shaped, you can't bolt the legs easily. I would throw a steel strap, or chain over the body of the stove, attached to two mounting points on the floor. One on each side.