Originally Posted by Marceps
I absolutely agree. In the context of a bus, however, I doubt the merits. It would be nice to hear from people experienced with both wood-burning stoves and the alternatives (propane, electric...).
I've used propane, kerosene, electricity and now wood through various stages of my bus build. Wood is the only one yet where I can have it Sahara hot indoors without thinking about burning dollar bills. If you're always on the road then it can be a mild nuisance because you'll have to keep your eyes out for pallets or other good burnables. I haven't been anywhere yet where it was difficult to find a weeks worth of heating wood. I also don't spend much time in cities with the bus. YMMV
If you have propane it's easy to fill, but you pay for it (of course)... Non-vented propane heaters dump plenty of unwanted moisture into the air. Cheaper vented propane heaters have low efficiency.
Kerosene and diesel are too messy to bother with in a wick style heater, but work well in a Webasto style heater. Same situation as propane, though.. it'll cost money to run.
Electric heaters are only worthwhile if you are always plugged in. They consume far too much electricity to be worthwhile in a solar setup and they're a wasteful appliance to run with a generator.
For some people it's worth the cost to have minimal on-going maintenance with their heater. I personally find operating a wood stove to be a pleasant experience. Again, YMMV.