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Old 01-13-2016, 05:19 PM   #1
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Choosing a wood stove - Advice?

I am in the market for a small wood stove for my half-finished skoolie. I am interested in hearing from anyone who uses a wood stove to heat their skoolie. What type of stove do you have and how well does it work? Do you know the BTU rating?

RELEVANT DETAILS OF MY PROJECT:
- I am in the process of converting an '88 Thomas school bus into a full time home. I don't plan to move it much, and I am sure I want to use a wood stove for heat.
- The bus walls and ceiling came insulated with fiberglass, and the floor is covered with a thick Pergo laminate. It has a very open floor plan. It has 200 sq. ft. with 6-foot ceilings. (1200 cubic feet)
- A glass front is a necessity. A cook surface would be great, but not a deal-breaker.
- I have room to run the stovepipe out the back or the top.
- I can spend about $1000.

A few stoves I have had my eye on include the following:
Horse Flame Shetland HF-905

Salamander Hobbit

Does anyone have experience with these stoves, or could you recommend any others?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:32 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:46 PM   #3
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I'm also interested... also looking at the Hobbit as my #1 choice, although I was also thinking about the Mini 12 Gray Stove -

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Would love to hear from people with stove's in their skoolies!
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:11 PM   #4
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With stock insulation you'll want the biggest stove you can fit if you'll be sleeping in the bus. Heat disappears through the metal walls incredibly quickly so you'll want lots of thermal mass. The smaller wood stoves will work well for taking the chill off while standing/sitting in front of them.

I have a Mini 12, which heats the back half of my short bus well, but I'm currently losing too much heat through the windshield and front door which makes the front noticeably cooler.
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Old 01-14-2016, 12:30 PM   #5
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Has anyone tried quilted curtains to help hold in some of the heat?
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:17 PM   #6
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I'm hoping to heat a 38ft but with just the Salamander Hobbit (I might be crazy). I'll have a well-insulated floor, walls, and ceiling (closed cell spray insulation), but I'm keeping almost all of the bus windows. Planning on curtains, or possibly something like the "Hank Bought a Bus" solution - drop-down translucent insulation panels built into the lower walls, which can be raised into place with the aid of magnets.



We're in the Pacific Northwest, just outside of Portland, so typically not dealing with temperatures below 25F, and most of the winter, it's more like 35-40.

If need be, I was thinking of adding a propane catalytic heater? Should be reasonable easy to install (I was thinking of adding it in the center of the bus, and mounting it so I could swing it to face forward or back, so I could heat the back or front of the bus... or maybe better just to purchase two smaller ones).



I'll let you know how it works out with the wood stove next year—at which point you probably won't care about this thread anymore
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if I ever do a bus, it will be bunk beds and radiant heat up to the ceiling around them. gotta go with

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Cats are the most efficient heaters made. Rated at 99+ percent. But I do wish someone made a physically smaller unit (for my physically smaller bus).
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There's these stoves.

Technical Specs - GrayStove.com

I picked up these two stoves, I'm planning on using the smaller one in my build.
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There's these stoves.

Technical Specs - GrayStove.com

I picked up these two stoves, I'm planning on using the smaller one in my build.
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