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Old 01-03-2015, 11:39 AM   #21
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Wood heat - like all other forms of heat - has its pros and cons. In my case, the pros outweigh the cons. Lots of nice, dry heat is what I want and wood provides that well (not to mention I have a limitless supply of free wood).

Insects can come in with the wood, but in all my experience dealing with bucking, splitting, hauling wood I've never found it to be much of a problem. Usually the wood coming into the house has been sitting around outdoors in below zero temperatures so the critters aren't active. A proper wood box indoors helps keep things clean and tidy. I built mine underneath the wood stove.

I had considered making a rocket stove out of a 100lb propane tank, but it was just adding too much extra work. I ended up buying one of these: http://www.graystove.com/. I haven't picked it up yet, but it's all built and ready to go! I'm quite excited
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:44 AM   #22
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For inspiration of how wood stoves can be done in small spaces, take a look at some marine stove installations. They can be rather impressive: images of marine wood stoves
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:56 AM   #23
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I built a rocket stove type heater for my garage a few years back, I was kicking the idea of scaling it down for a bus size.

here is a link to the build and operation of the unit.
my homemade wood stove (wood burning stoves forum at permies)

I was able to heat an over sized two car garage with no ceiling to a comfortable working temp during the western Kansas winter with a five gallon bucket of scrap pallet wood for an 8-10 hour period.

I also modified a little oven to use to bake on top.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:14 PM   #24
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I built a rocket stove type heater for my garage a few years back, I was kicking the idea of scaling it down for a bus size.

here is a link to the build and operation of the unit.
my homemade wood stove (wood burning stoves forum at permies)

I was able to heat an over sized two car garage with no ceiling to a comfortable working temp during the western Kansas winter with a five gallon bucket of scrap pallet wood for an 8-10 hour period.

I also modified a little oven to use to bake on top.
This is very cool. Nice job.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:31 PM   #25
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Ha! I love the glass lid.. I mean door That's clever. Stove looks great.

How often do you need to tend to the fire? I experimented with making a small, bus sized rocket stove, but gave up on the idea of having one in the bus. It simply required too much tending. This wouldn't be as much of a problem if you could have proper thermal mass inside the bus so that you fire it hard for a couple hours then coast off the residual heat, but waking up on the hour all night long to stoke the fire during the cold weather would get old real fast. However, if you aren't planning on doing cold weather bussing, then you may be alright.

What are your thoughts on the matter?
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Old 04-28-2015, 03:06 PM   #26
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yep, tending the fire gets old, once I got it up to temp and the draft throttled back I would fill the fire box with old hard wood palette 2x4's maybe three? and then stuff in another one every thirty minutes.

I based my dimensions of my fire box off of some estimated calculations for air flow needed for my up tube and chimney size then decided that I better put in some air damper control.
doing it again I would build a much bigger firebox and angle it about 30* and leave the other plumbing as is.
original plans did not call for a door, but it became necessary after a few test fires, had I thought a little harder on the start of the experiment I would have went big fire box and door from the get go.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:57 PM   #27
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Rocket stove in my Motorhome

We build rocket stoves for rv's. We use water for the thermal mass and a condensing system to catch the water that evaporates and use it as distilled water to drink. When your ready to hit the road you drain the water tank and your on your way. We use stainless pipe and aluminum radiators to heat bays and as our condensing system for the distilled water system we also use this system for domestic hot water production during winter months and then we use our precision temp tankless water heater for the rest of the time. We burn on average of a cord per winter (I prefer to burn pellets because they are easy to store and take up less room than wood.)to heat our motor home was built to live off grid. With solar and wind generators and a water filtration system that will purify almost any water source to bottle water quality. We spent a lot of time and money researching the best system to use to heat our efficient Motorhome, in addition to all this we also spay foamed our bus before we converted the interior. This was the single most efficient thing we did. Our system is easy to use and is very efficient. Very little waste in heat or ashes for more info go to our website for contact info at rvingoffgrid.com
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:31 AM   #28
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We build rocket stoves for rv's. We use water for the thermal mass and a condensing system to catch the water that evaporates and use it as distilled water to drink.
do you have any pictures of your stove?
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+1 sounds interesting!
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I installed the mini 12 from GrayStove.com - GRAY STOVE
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