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Old 12-27-2012, 02:03 AM   #1
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Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning stove

I'm living in my bus this winter. I'm on the NW coast and needless to say it's a cold and wet winter. I am working towards installing a cast iron heater although cannot afford it at the moment. Currently I am leaning towards using an electric generator to power a space heater and or a heated blanket. Moisture build up is also becoming a problem due to breathing while sleeping. I'm worried that this will get me sick due to mold growth, that I tame with a spray bottle of tea tree.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Re: Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning s

Wood stoves are the greatest.

I, however, use propane catalytic heaters as well as electric oil filled radiator heaters.

An electric blanket makes it nice when you are in bed.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning stove?

Move the bus to a warmer location. (says the fool who is sitting in NM where it is currently 25F and it feels like 19).
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Re: Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning s

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Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning stove?

Move the bus to a warmer location. (says the fool who is sitting in NM where it is currently 25F and it feels like 19).
-28c this morning -33c with the wind,
lorna is correct, bus has wheels move to warmer location

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:39 AM   #5
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Re: Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning s

My plan includes a small electric heater for when I have shore power (like at campgrounds or home base) and propane for boon & Wally docking. As long as you have good insulation and minimal air leaks, it shouldn't take that much energy from either source. Heavy curtains on all the glass makes a big difference too. It's what I call the "Easy-Bake" oven concept. That's how you can make brownies & cupcakes using the heat from a single 60w light bulb...just keep the energy contained.

That said...a wood-burning stove sure is nice on a frosty, dreary day!
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Re: Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning s

I think I like Lorna's method the best.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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My plan includes a small electric heater for when I have shore power (like at campgrounds or home base) and propane for boon & Wally docking...
Don't forget winter power outages!

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...As long as you have good insulation and minimal air leaks, it shouldn't take that much energy from either source....
Don't under estimate the benefits of insulation and thermal breaks.... and an electric heat cable on the water pipes. No more frozen pipes! Unless the power goes out.
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Re: Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning s

Thumbs up on the propane catalytic heater - no electricity needed and it's 97% fuel effecient. No worries about monoxide poisoning either but they can burn up all the oxygen in the bus if you don't crack a window. My Little Buddy heater is supposed to shut off if the O2 level gets too low but I'm not sure I'm ready to bet my life on it working.

A vented RV furnace like the Attwood models use a fair amount of electricity (mine uses 40 watts with the fan running) and aren't nearly as fuel efficient as the catalytics but there's no worries about oxygen depletion or monoxide poisoning. The vented heaters don't put out all that humidity either.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:30 AM   #9
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Re: Whats the best way to heat a bus besides a woodburning s

vented propane cat heater is what i put in my last bus.. i think that is the best, but put in a furnace, and wood stove and electric in this one.
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