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Old 12-06-2017, 11:06 PM   #21
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Whatever you get, bolt it down.

If the feet don't lend themselves to that, make some brackets.

I've seen too many pictures of what appear to be free-standing stoves to not worry about their potential in an accident.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:10 PM   #22
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Hi Debbie

Honestly I don't recommend a wood stove for heat in a bus. The antique stoves are cute but largely unsafe. The household wood stoves are really to hot for a bus and don't like being run on low. Beyond that there's the issue of wood storage so it stays dry, as well as the chainsaw for cutting and an axe for splitting. You will change your mind when you're splitting firewood in the rain or snow.

There are some more appropriately sized stoves that are designed for boats, but you've got to wonder where you get firewood in a boat. Those stoves are also quite expensive. Some of them do have ovens.

What cured me of the wood stove idea was the thought of taking down the stove pipe every time you want to drive your bus somewhere. Also you can't burn wood while in town and apparently some campsites don't appreciate people with wood stoves, not to mention the hippie bus stigma.

I've been planning to make a wood stove that's the right size for a bus, but mostly to burn newspaper and junk mail. It could also burn wood in an emergency if wood was available while away from home.

I'm sure you're getting the general gist that wood heat would be pretty difficult to maintain if you're away from home. A chainsaw is not part of my life anymore, and it's a dangerous tool to start using. I've discovered the simplicity of electric heat while doing this bus build, but that's not available while I'm traveling either. My theory was to go where the weather is warmer and not have to deal with the heating issue at all. I haven't exactly done any traveling yet, and it's another cold winter here in NW Oregon. In fact it's time for snow.

When I had a wood stove in here it ended up being used for a countertop most of the time. When I finally stooped to storing things inside the stove I decided it was time to let it go. Others have installed wood stoves with apparent success, but I'm wondering if they travel much.

California is burning down. You'd better get your bus out of there.
Okaaaaay ;) sniffle sniffle. Thank you, Robin.

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Old 12-06-2017, 11:27 PM   #23
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You can still try it with a real wood stove. I'm guessing you'll change your mind after a couple years. Pick up an inexpensive stove and try it for a while before you buy a fancy smancy expensive stove.

If my test stove works good I'll hook you up with one. I'm planning a wall mounted lightweight stove made from one of the larger ammo cans and a few fire bricks.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:29 PM   #24
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I understand the desire for a woodstove, we have one in the house. I thought about it for the bus but there are issues, as outlined above.

You might consider a blown-air diesel heater of the Webasto, Eberspacher type.

Planar make a well-reviewed unit that is cheaper than most mini-woodstoves, and probably easier to use.

One or two of them will go in our bus.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:34 PM   #25
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Yeah, and those are thermostatically controlled. From what I understand it uses about a half gallon of diesel per night.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:35 PM   #26
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You can still try it with a real wood stove. I'm guessing you'll change your mind after a couple years. Pick up an inexpensive stove and try it for a while before you buy a fancy smancy expensive stove.

If my test stove works good I'll hook you up with one. I'm planning a wall mounted lightweight stove made from one of the larger ammo cans and a few fire bricks.
Thank you, Robin. My friend, fellow Skoolie sent me this:

Watch "Fireplace - Full HD - 10 hours crackling logs for Christmas" on YouTube
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:41 PM   #27
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I understand the desire for a woodstove, we have one in the house. I thought about it for the bus but there are issues, as outlined above.

You might consider a blown-air diesel heater of the Webasto, Eberspacher type.

Planar make a well-reviewed unit that is cheaper than most mini-woodstoves, and probably easier to use.

One or two of them will go in our bus.
I'm going to check those out. Thank you.

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Old 12-07-2017, 07:23 AM   #28
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We installed a Cubic Grizzly last weekend and got to test it out on Tuesday. The outside temp was 35. Before we lit the stove the temp inside the bus was 45 (solar heating, we have all the original windows). I had the stove going for about 3.5 hours at 600 degrees and the temp in the bus stayed around 67. We have 3" of rigid foam insulation below the windows but the original windows and ceiling are intact. We are going to put up sliding insulated panels for the windows as soon as we are sure they're no longer leaking, but even without them the stove did okay. It's all bolted in and we plan to just cap the chimney, so hopefully traveling with it won't be an issue. There is a pic of what we did on the blog Drew started https://dazzlingbluebus.wordpress.co...the-woodstove/
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If my test stove works good I'll hook you up with one. I'm planning a wall mounted lightweight stove made from one of the larger ammo cans and a few fire bricks.
Robin, I saw a wall mount wood stove just this week. It was a little thing but bigger than an ammo cam. That better be a 30mm or bigger ammo can.

Debbie, are we heating for survival or heating to knock the chill out of the air? I want a little stove in my bus. Not sure how much real estate I'm willing to give up for it. As my bus is an empty shell, I still have time to decide. I can find the link for the wall mount if you but it'll take some digging.
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You might consider a blown-air diesel heater of the Webasto, Eberspacher type.
This is what I'm thinking for primary heat.

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I'll have to look that up.

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1 or 2 of which? And are 2 really needed?
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