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Old 01-03-2018, 10:59 AM   #1
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Is a wood burning stove a viable option? Pros and cons? Compared to electric or propane heaters? Granted the wood burners double as a stove, but I'd probably not use it for more than heating the space.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:48 AM   #2
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There are many here that install wood stoves. I do not have my bus yet, but I purchased a CubicMini Grizzley. There are larger units out there but mine will not be primary heat source. Woodstove threads in past month:

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f51/cu...ale-20511.html
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f51/cu...all-20176.html
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f51/wo...dow-20132.html

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Old 01-03-2018, 11:51 AM   #3
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I'm not a fan, but I can see the attraction in a bus that is lived-in, and not driven much.

Whatever you do, please bolt them down securely. I have seen way too many pictures of free-standing woodstoves in buses.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:02 PM   #4
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100% agree with Twigg( Steve). Which is why i chose the CubicMini. It is not large enough to fill and run all night (prob 2-4 hours max). It ships with heat shields and mounting plates. Its not my main heat source. That would be my LP furnace, or minisplit if on shore. BUT, it does give me cheap heat when I feel like tending to it, or I can stock it before bed, and when it dies, the furnace will take over for rest of night. Or the rare romantic mood setter.. To me its about options. Nothing more.
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100% agree with Twigg( Steve). Which is why i chose the CubicMini. It is not large enough to fill and run all night (prob 2-4 hours max). It ships with heat shields and mounting plates. Its not my main heat source. That would be my LP furnace, or minisplit if on shore. BUT, it does give me cheap heat when I feel like tending to it, or I can stock it before bed, and when it dies, the furnace will take over for rest of night. Or the rare romantic mood setter.. To me its about options. Nothing more.
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You say it ships with heat seals, only if you order them with it and pay the extra $142ea. for the shields or the stand for the sale price of $342. The Grizzley is $462 for the stove and another $180 for the shields or stand. $500-$650 is pretty pricey for that little unit. I had a wood burning stove in a house we owned once stuck in a far corner of a finished basement, you got upstairs through a spiral staircase at the opposite end of the house. When the stove was boring on high, the basement was unusable (Too hot) , but that stove heated the whole upstairs through the spiral stair hole.
It wouldn't bother me if it went out in the middle of the night, once I'm under my covers in bed body heat keeps me warm all night. Right now my house heat pump is down and I'm waking up to 43° temps in the house (outside high/low today is 30/9 with a current temp of 21. 43 inhere right now, but the propane heater and fireplace will bring it to a comfortable 55.
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Pricey? YES. But I wanted a unit that was safe for the space needed. Anything much bigger can get hot enough to burn a bus down or just run you out and be unusable. I DO wish it could run a full 8 hours on one load tho. I did forget I haggled with them on the phone to include the wall mount/ heat shield with the slide out tray due to a 6 week backlog on shipping. Even tho I dont need it for another 3-6 months. I told them its winter now and I would just have to go with a Dickenson unit. They threw the mount in free. I figure if it can heat a 5th wheel/ trailer, it should do well in a shuttle or shorty.



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Is a wood burning stove a viable option? Pros and cons? Compared to electric or propane heaters? Granted the wood burners double as a stove, but I'd probably not use it for more than heating the space.
Idk about wood but diesel is...propane is easier on the electrical system...diesel is harder on the wallet

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Idk about wood but diesel is...propane is easier on the electrical system...diesel is harder on the wallet

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My reasoning as well. If I have shore power the minisplit is my best option. If not, then i will use the Suburban 19k btu furnace (LP). Emergency is the portable Buddy, but it puts out a lot of moisture. The woodstove is for drying out, ambiance, and initial heat in evenings.
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If I understand what you are saying here: Diesel is more expensive to heat with than propane?

Where I live, diesel and propane are both $3.29 a gallon.

A gallon of diesel contains 139,000 Btu's
A gallon of Propane contains 91,600 Btu's

It would look to me like diesel would be over 30% cheaper than propane.
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Here in Northern VA LP (filled not exchanged) running $3.15
Diesel $3.69

While the math still shows diesel slightly ahead btu per penny, the cost of diesel appliances are MUCH higher. I got my 3 burner stove, 19k btu furnace, and water heater(ac and LP) for $700 total. All new from Suburban and all LP. To have gone diesel the Webasco heater close to 19k btu kit was $1200! So, how long till i get to actually save some $?
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