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Old 08-25-2008, 03:06 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone has pics of their woodstove installation?

My idea is to place firebrick on the floor and line the nearby cabinets/walls with tile as a fireblock. I would like to see what others have done first though before I go through with the process.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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Have you seen this conversion? http://www.jesperskoolie.tk/

Feb 08 has detailed photos of a woodstove installation.
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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Not sure if I like the idea of raising it off the floor like that... but the tile & metal roofing material is a great idea.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:00 PM   #4
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Re: Woodstove...

I took a risk when I installed my stove. I didn't put anything on the floor of the bus except some vinyl floor that looks like tile. I mounted the stove close to the wall to save floor space. I was afraid once I had a fire in the stove that the floor would get too hot but it doesn't. I put sheet metal behind the stove on the wall to form a heat-reflective barrier. Works very well.

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Old 09-03-2008, 10:04 PM   #5
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make sure to leave air space between the siding and the sheetmetal reflector to slow the transfer of radiant heat and possible ignition of the siding, a piece of 5/8 firerateddrywall behind the sheetmetal is another safety factor that is cheap and easy to install
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:47 AM   #6
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Re: Woodstove...

I believe (no time to search ATM, sorry) that someone here used either corrogated metal roofing or flashing over concrete-board, then used some spacers to hold it about an inch/ inach and a half from the walls, and used the same arrangement on the floor? ANd the stove was bolted down, of course ...

That sounded pretty darn safe to me ...
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:37 AM   #7
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Our stove installation pics:

http://seanf.smugmug.com/gallery/1391887_LTjj2
http://seanf.smugmug.com/gallery/1507097_E4YS9
http://seanf.smugmug.com/gallery/1528016_WLxdU



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Old 09-06-2008, 10:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for the comment!

If I had to deal with *real* winter in Colorado, I'd be hurting. As it is, I head to southern Arizona for winter, so I never see seriously cold temps (for very long.) I also have a catalytic propane heater that is a nice compliment to the Tiny Tot. The propane heater puts out more immediate, predictable heat. Unfortunately the catalyst only lasted a year before needing replacement. Olympian doesn't sell the catalytic pad -- I have to send the whole unit back for them to install it.

As for the performance of the Tiny Tot stove...it was 50 degrees this morning in the bus (35 outside), and I made a fire and put a fan on to circulate the air, and it took about an hour to get the air heated up to a more comfortable temp. It's been three hours now since I made a fire and it's almost t-shirt temperatures in here. Of course downing a pot of coffee helps too.

Fortunately charcoal burns quite clean compared to wood (in my experience) so the chimney stays fairly clean. There's no smoke after everything gets going. And with a double-walled chimney, the exhaust gas stays nice and hot until it hits atmosphere, which helps reduce chimney deposits. The downside is that charcoal is expensive compared to wood. An 18-lb bag lasts about 3-4 days during the (thankfully brief) heating season.

One note: the temperature this morning (50 degrees in/35 out) was without having any heat running overnight.

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the best deal for charcoal around here is sams club, 13.78 for 2 22 lb bags.
i really like that mini stove and the install job.
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Thanks for the boondocking tip...and the charcoal price tip too!

I have a property caretaking gig for the winter, just southwest of Tucson. Rent-free living on a nice piece of property with free use of a workshop & guesthouse. Good times indeed!
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