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Old 01-11-2017, 07:34 PM   #1
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Types of wood stoves and heating choices.

Hello, think I have decided on wood heat for long term heating in my bus, but am looking at the types of stoves, this one on amazon https://www.amazon.com/US-Stove-1269.../dp/B019XJ7E7K is a good price size etc but has some pretty bad reviews, anyone have that stove and use it?

Then there is the tent style stoves for even better prices, but don't seem well built for long term use. Can those be used long term?

More about the bus... The ceiling will be stock and all of the windows will uncovered as well just stock. So the mass power and cheapness of burning wood will be the best choice, correct? the walls under the windows and floors will 1 1/2" ridge foam. Weather wise looking at WA OR AZ NM NV no more mountains. I don't expect the bus to be 75 inside infact 63 is perfect temp indoors for me, and I plan on being on grid so would electric work better? Thanks for any put.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:40 AM   #2
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On my second stove in 3 months and still not happy. Started with an old cast iron "cigar style" stove almost identical to the modern version you posted from Amazon. Got good and hot but didnt close up tight enough to get any longer than 3hr burn. Ive heard those new ones have the same problem. We recently swapped ours for little Jotul 602, which has been much more efficient and more controlled burn due to being a tighter stove, but the inside has proven to be too small, so we still only getting 3-4 hour burn, but just with less wood.

So moral of the story; get something air tight, and with decent size capacity. This can be tricky though when trying to keep the stove relatively small. Right now I am looking at something like a Fisher Baby Bear.

We also now have a Dickinson Marine propane heater as secondary heat source to keep things above freezing when we are unable to keep the stove stoked.

Good luck.
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:29 AM   #3
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"tent" stoves are typically made of sheet metal to be lightweight.
Thus they won't last as long as cast iron or other metal stoves that are cast or heavy plate construction.
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:47 PM   #4
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Just me but seeing that your from MT i'd start watching country/farm/small town auction's keeping a eye out for older stoves, I picked up these 2 stoves for $180.00 for the pair.
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Must be airtight or a waste of time and energy to install anything else in a cold climate. That one you posted a pic of certainly is not. My opinion, forget that one. And get one with firebrick in it too.
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:30 PM   #6
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Hello, think I have decided on wood heat for long term heating in my bus, but am looking at the types of stoves, this one on amazon https://www.amazon.com/US-Stove-1269.../dp/B019XJ7E7K is a good price size etc but has some pretty bad reviews, anyone have that stove and use it?

Then there is the tent style stoves for even better prices, but don't seem well built for long term use. Can those be used long term?

More about the bus... The ceiling will be stock and all of the windows will uncovered as well just stock. So the mass power and cheapness of burning wood will be the best choice, correct? the walls under the windows and floors will 1 1/2" ridge foam. Weather wise looking at WA OR AZ NM NV no more mountains. I don't expect the bus to be 75 inside infact 63 is perfect temp indoors for me, and I plan on being on grid so would electric work better? Thanks for any put.
Hi, I just completed what you are seeking to do. I have 40 Thomas flat noise with the large U S stove company cook stove. It works awesome, I get 75 degrees 35 ft all the way to the back of the bus. I have lots of pictures of My build and will try to figure how to up load.

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Hi, I just completed what you are seeking to do. I have 40 Thomas flat noise with the large U S stove company cook stove. It works awesome, I get 75 degrees 35 ft all the way to the back of the bus. I have lots of pictures of My build and will try to figure how to up load.

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