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Old 10-06-2016, 01:36 PM   #1
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Is this stove to big for my bus?

Hello, long time reader first time poster. So I just recently scooped up a 2001 E450 5 window short bus. Im looking to heat it with a wood stove because when I get out of school I want to go to Canada skiing for a year or two. I will shortly be starting a build thread in the short bus section. Im not close to the point where I can install a stove but im driving past where this one is located 2hrs from me tomorrow should I pick it up. However I feel like this stove might be overkill. What do you guys think?

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I believe this is the same stove..
Century- Wood Stove Model S244E
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:32 PM   #2
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no idea if it is too big, where we go and travel it is....we hate cold though

thermal mass helps so some build thick walls for the stoves back/side

others will chime in I am sure...again welcome
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:41 PM   #3
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that's a bit big for a shorty. I plan on installing an antique Spark wood stove in mine. where I live it would be large enough to heat a full size bus. you could probably build a small stove or look for a Sardine, Navigator or other boat type wood stove. video of a Spark being used to heat an rv> https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=TcmWAQJxrlY
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:51 PM   #4
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some of the best of the best of the tiny wood stoves. https://www.tinywoodstove.com/small-stove-reviews/

there are also quite a few, highly efficient models coming out of the UK for a lot cheaper than the US models even with the shipping expenses.
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:51 PM   #5
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I just put roughly the same size in my full size bus. It was upper 40s when I tested it the other night and with a relatively small fire I was able to get the bus interior up to 90+ degrees with all the windows open. If you're going to be up in the canadian rockies you prob wont regret going with an oversized stove. Mine seems to be good for about a 5-7 hour burn on a full firebox. If it burns you out just build a smaller fire next time
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:58 PM   #6
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Good size, a fire can always he made smaller but a stove can not be made bigger.
I just installed a propane fireplace and i had to turn it off tonight because it was getting so hot
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:35 AM   #7
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i had that exact stove, paid almost 500 bucks at menards for it. its a good stove with secondary burn chamber. snatch that up.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:26 PM   #8
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Thanks for all of the input guys! I looked up the sardines and they are very sweet but out of my budget. pannebreaux where did you get your spark from? Like I said i will also be starting a build thread on the shorty forum very soon.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:10 AM   #9
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Thanks for all of the input guys! I looked up the sardines and they are very sweet but out of my budget. pannebreaux where did you get your spark from? Like I said i will also be starting a build thread on the shorty forum very soon.
I won it on an ebay auction a few years ago. a Spark stove would be a bit small for Canadian winters. the sardines are a bit pricey, but the Fatsco stoves are fairly reasonable. I had some plans for building a couple of designs that are made from plate, square tubing or large pipe i'll try to hunt down and post later today. this one that's made with square tubing that could easily be made larger and was built without a welder> Duckworks - Homemade Wood Stove For a Small Boat
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I like the larger doors, you do not have to cut wood so small.
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