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Old 08-09-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Let's see your heat source (Canadians)

Looking to see what everyone's doing for heat sources here in the great white north. I understand that you need heat in the south but it's nothing like the sub artic tempatures we have up here. So let's see pics

Here's picture of my well insulated bus
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:06 PM   #2
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Looking to see what everyone's doing for heat sources here in the great white north. I understand that you need heat in the south but it's nothing like the sub artic tempatures we have up here. So let's see pics

Here's picture of my well insulated bus
interesting question - I have the choice of 3 propane furnaces out of campers or motor home, a wood stove, a catalytic propane heater that over heats my insulated 20x20 work shop in -20 weather, and a 27,000 BTU industrial space heater so I should have no trouble heating my yet to be acquired bus, but I'd like it warm enough to be toasty inside at -40, but not be cooked out - I'll be interested to see what you decide on and how it works
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I'm thinking wood stove, I will be going back to west coast some day when my work contracts up. Thought about propane but then I'd have to buy it haha. Logically propane is way to go but I hate propane.
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I'm thinking wood stove, I will be going back to west coast some day when my work contracts up. Thought about propane but then I'd have to buy it haha. Logically propane is way to go but I hate propane.

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I'm thinking wood stove, I will be going back to west coast some day when my work contracts up. Thought about propane but then I'd have to buy it haha. Logically propane is way to go but I hate propane.
Check your insurance, seems they frown upon wood stoves.
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Old 08-09-2019, 02:31 PM   #6
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Of course they do lol but **** them
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Of course they do lol but **** them


according to what I've read, a wood burning stove installed in a fashion that meets underwriters specifications is accepted by some insurance companies - other companies nix the idea, period
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Old 08-09-2019, 02:42 PM   #8
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What they don't know won't hurt them. Far as they are concerned it's a normal motor
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That works fine if all you want is a piece of worthless paper to show LEO when pulled over. When you find you actually need the insurance is when you find out the insurance company says "F**k Him, he has a wood stove that's not covered". Fight all you want that it is unrelated to any issue, good luck winning against the insurance company, they are beaten often.
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:46 PM   #10
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according to what I've read, a wood burning stove installed in a fashion that meets underwriters specifications is accepted by some insurance companies - other companies nix the idea, period
I saw a YouTube video tour of someone’s bus that seemed to indicate this. No idea what insurance company
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:04 AM   #11
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Propane 35,000 btu or was it 40,000 btu... I love it as it’s forced air and heats evenly throughout. I also have heat strips in both my air cond units for when I’m plugged in at the parks.
Wood stove would be nice and I don’t think my insurance company would’ve had a problem with it but there’s only room for one of those tiny ones and they’re way over priced.
And no you don’t want to hide things from insurance companies. The point is to have coverage when you need it, not to pay for a service that won’t get you anything. Just ask your insurance if they’d have a problem or better yet just ask them what their requirements are to insure the skoolie, then meet those requirements. No need to ask or tell more.
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Old 08-21-2019, 03:33 PM   #12
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Planar 2 kw Diesel air heater for me. Don't want propane anything in my stepvan only gasoline for the engine, diesel for the heater (or shorepower for an electric unit) and alcohol for my cook top: 1) https://www.instagram.com/p/B1P-ZFUB...d=dfkxsthdtauo 2) https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ABrTch...d=n27nv2k7uexb
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:37 PM   #13
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Google “Cubic stove” and rocket stoves. They are smallAnd put out heat and efficiently
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:20 AM   #14
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I have been thinking about putting a Dickinson marine heater in the trailer before winter. I have one on the boat and lp 12k btu and it has been great.
Before that it was the diesel version and I liked it too but it was only 5k btu and needed a lot of cleaning and the pump was noisy.



If I was going to do a bus again I would go hydronic with a small woodstove.
Even well insulated I found you need over 40K btu to do a Maine winter comfortably so Hydronic is the best option, Heat pump next. The newest out there are reliable down to -11.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:43 AM   #15
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Insurance Canada

Hi frog pound from Manitoba. How and thru who did you get insurance. Seems to me a big hassle is getting insurance. I live in Alberta. Thanks Brad
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:36 AM   #16
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In short call RV direct or Aviva insurance. They’re the same company. $2000/year preconceived. $500/year after conversion. Contact them for details.

Here’s a thread on insurance in Canada.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/in...a-15092-4.html
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:34 PM   #17
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mine keep the URV @ 65F when it get to 35F outside on Low. (Low =4000BTU)


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Old 08-22-2019, 01:23 PM   #18
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Heating in extreme low temps

Has anyone considered using a 8kw air diesel heater? These are very affordable these days. I researched them and purchased one to install in my 87 Thomas saf-t-liner thats 32' in length. Has anyone used one in a similar size bus/RV? If so, how did it perform? Of course, the family and I will dodge all extreme cold weather. So, I wondered has anyone used 8kw air diesel heater in -20°f conditions? How did it perform? Thanks!
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