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Old 01-15-2016, 05:57 PM   #11
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Naw, they didn't load sideways. Those are the NEW wall mounted units.
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Old 01-15-2016, 05:58 PM   #12
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Naw, they didn't load sideways. Those are the NEW wall mounted units.
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Old 01-15-2016, 07:15 PM   #13
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I have a Jotul f100 rated at 35000 Btu in a 91 bluebird. I bought if off craigslist for $400 with 10' of 6" triple wall stainless chimney pipe. The bus is about 28' back wall to back of drivers seat. We gutted the bus and put in 1.5 inch poly iso on the walls and ceiling with half-inch poly iso and 3/8 plywood on the floor. We are east of Seattle so the winters are fairly mild. The stove was my only source of heat for the two previous winters in a 10' x 14' two-story cabin with 12 double pane windows. Even though the bus is a bit smaller, it seems that the stove works a little harder to keep it warm. The metal really conducts the cold and single pane windows are lame. We currently burn about two 5 gallon buckets full of wood in a 24 hour period. The stoves you listed look great. I believe they may be a little small though. A smaller stove means you have to get up in the middle of the night to feed it. The other thing is that it's a lot more work to cut shorter pieces of firewood. If I were to do it again I would look for something with an ash pan and possibly a cold air intake. The other thing I will be doing is to install a small computer fan and duct to pull cold air from the bedroom area in the back
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:06 PM   #14
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Has anyone tried quilted curtains to help hold in some of the heat?
I made custom curtains for our bus. Used a thick duck/canvas for the inside facing part (the pretty side, then the heaviest duty blackout curtain fabric that exists and in between those layers I used a metalized insulated fleece. They're SUPER thick and heavy and help immensely.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:19 PM   #15
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Cubic Mini Woodstove

In response to the bigger question, we just received our Cubic Mini Woodstove in the mail today.



We already have a propane catalytic heater as someone else pictured before as a possible addition to their heating strategy.

We LOVE the Wave3 that we have, but we bought it initially for our first conversion (an ambulance into Campbulance!), so it was never meant to heat a large space.



It works GREAT as a heater when we're hanging out near it, but as far as heating the entire space, it just doesn't cut it.

Hence the new wood stove addition.

The Cubic Mini seems to be a lot more affordable than many of the other stoves we researched. (We've been looking a few years because we'd wanted one for the Campbulance too…)
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:38 PM   #16
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That looks great! Thanks for the lead on that fleece. I'll check it out.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:41 AM   #17
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These stoves just keep getting smaller and smaller! Any idea what it gets for burn time?
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:24 AM   #18
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There is one stove that is smaller. It is made by BIC.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:56 PM   #19
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My cubic mini Grizzly just arrived in the mail yesterday. Hoping that will head our 6 window bus sufficiently.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:45 PM   #20
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I made custom curtains for our bus. Used a thick duck/canvas for the inside facing part (the pretty side, then the heaviest duty blackout curtain fabric that exists and in between those layers I used a metalized insulated fleece. They're SUPER thick and heavy and help immensely.
Sweet solution! Do you find any issues with condensation at all? I was thinking about this style of curtain for my bus as well, and maybe adding magnets on the sides/bottom to tighten it all up....
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