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Old 01-25-2017, 10:03 AM   #1
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Propane "wood stove" or fireplace

Anybody out there using a propane woodstove or fireplace in their bus?

We've used a conventional woodstove in our old bus for years but we want to be more portable in the new bus so we're thinking of going the route. We just did a week long trial run with a propane stove in the old bus and it was way too expensive for us to seriously consider. I figure we must be missing something.

Anybody having luck using a propane stove and not going bankrupt?

Yes I know there are propane heaters that work great but we have a real penchant for
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Old 01-25-2017, 10:34 AM   #2
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Ya...propane can be gone through quickly in anything other than a superinsulated rig, and then there is the condensation. My choice would be a combination and to use what fits the situation.

Engine heat for OTR.

Electric for when you can plug in.

Propane for short boondocking stays (the catalytic are most efficient).

Wood for extended boondocking (but you need a big supply).

No one solution will really cover all scenarios IMHO but, there is no replacement for extreme insulation if you plan on any cold weather stays...except driving further South.
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Old 01-25-2017, 12:58 PM   #3
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There are some really small high tech wood burners on the market now. But high tech always means high dollar.

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Old 01-25-2017, 01:32 PM   #4
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PS...by "Wood"...I am also including chip & pellet stoves, some of which are pretty darned efficient.
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Old 01-25-2017, 03:59 PM   #5
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My concern for wood stoves is insurance. For a home, wood stoves are insurable but full of regulations, for a mobile home, insurance gets tricky. For a converted bus, I doubt they would insure it if they knew about it. And if you had a wood stove without their knowledge and had a fire of any kind, I bet you would not be covered. Consult with your insurance provider before installing a wood stove.

I'm going propane/electric. Are there any propane heaters that are recommended? Like most people, I need something economical and well built.
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Old 01-25-2017, 04:08 PM   #6
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I bought the Olympia Wave 8. It's a propane powered catalytic heater and I haven't noticed any considerable moisture from it. It gets HOT and has been pretty fuel efficient as well.
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Old 01-25-2017, 06:15 PM   #7
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How is the smell with the Olympia?

I've looked at them, but the only catalytic heater I own, a Coleman, has a rather distinctive smell when it's running.
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Old 01-25-2017, 09:11 PM   #8
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I have a Diesel boat stove with a 40gal. tank between frame rails used during winter for heat and cooking
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Old 01-25-2017, 10:48 PM   #9
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Supposedly the Cat heaters are the most fuel efficient by a pretty big margin and generate less moisture as well.
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I have a propane fireplace and it is great for heating a 8ft bedroom area. Controlled by thermostat. About a $9oo unit bought on CL for $75. Wont touch the entire bus when it is below 50, but heats the bedroom nicely and i can sleep with it on. About $80 to $120 in propane during really cold months when it is on constantly. Other cold months maybe $50. Quite different from the wood stove that heats the living room to 70 and uses free tree limbs i find drivjng around town.

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