I'm considering embarking on a skoolie conversion project, and just wanted to bounce an idea off of people with more experience.
I'd love to have a wood stove for heat, but the safety challenges of wood stoves in small spaces worry me.
But, what if I cut a nook into the walls and welded it shut from the inside, but made a door to the outside; put the stove in the nook; then put a boiler on the stove to drive radiators inside the living space? Like so:
It's complicated, but seems like it might be a lot safer because
1) It makes it much harder to accidentally start a fire inside the living space:
* The wall of the nook interior to the living space will probably be much cooler than the surface of the stove,
* Any spilled embers would be confined to the nook, which is a steel box,
* Any chimney fire would be contained inside the nook as well.
2) It makes it impossible to get any CO buildup to speak of inside the living space.
It's also nice that you won't fill the house with smoke while lighting the fire, or spill ash on the floor while cleaning it.
Downsides I can see are that you'd have to go outside to add fuel to the fire & that you couldn't see the fire from inside. That's OK with me.
Would there be other downsides that I haven't thought of? If this kind of thing has already been done, could anyone tell me what to google?