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Old 11-14-2013, 11:46 AM   #11
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I love the Webasto with OEM heaters. Its all there, why make the extra work? We've been fine at -16.
Because I like to make things hard on myself. I will be using the OEM heaters this winter, but want somethign quieter.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:55 AM   #12
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Re: What's your preferred heating method? Looking for insigh

Good timing for this topic. We have snow for the next 5 days they say and we're out on Sat/Sun. We'll be using Webasto so today I get give it a 5 hr test run. Hate to head out without running it for a day....just incase.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #13
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We use mainly electric and the wood burner. I have a "little buddy" but I don't really like using propane, especially in such a confined space. The condensation is unreal, and we live in a desert. The wood burner on the other hand, that little sucker will roast you out of the bus. and dry your laundry in the process.
Currently we are wintering in Las Vegas, so no need for the wood burner so I ended up removing it to free up some space.
Go the wood burner route if you can swing it.
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Do you feel like the installation logistics are worth it? Any tips you can share?
We are planning to install a woodstove in our bus as well. We currently have a large fireplace insert we use to do most of the heating of our house (wood is cheap, if you have the connections). As for the bus you do have to do some planning esp in the layout. I saw on your sketchup you would have the woodstove beside the couch (it looks like it would be pretty close to it, that couch with all the synthetics in it, too close to the woodstove, it would begin to offgas and then whoosh! up in flames she'd go), Depending on the woodstove you have you may need to give up to 36" of clearance to each side of the stove usually (sides and front and back) and up to 36" above the stove (http://www.maine.gov/dps/fmo/documen...gguide_001.pdf). ( Now you can cut down on the clearances if you install some heat sheilds (from what I have read you can make them yourself for not a lot of money). With proper installation you can cut the clearance distances by 2/3rds. We are planning to pipe ours out a window, so we won't have to cut another hole in the ceiling. Take out the window behind the stove, bend the sheet metal to fit the window, cut a hole for the pipe to go through, and seal around the chimney pipe with furnace cement. For driving, we'll remove the chimney off course and close over the window.
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:34 PM   #15
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Re: What's your preferred heating method? Looking for insigh

one of the buses here did a pimp heat shield using corrugated roofing tin, set off the backing and river rock base etc for mass...very slick
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:31 PM   #16
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one of the buses here did a pimp heat shield using corrugated roofing tin, set off the backing and river rock base etc for mass...very slick
Yes I remember that bus, his girls helped lay down the river rock. Looked good.

There is this one, http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtop...tove&start=105

It might have been WildBlue that used the corrugated roofing tin, but his post got deleted.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:51 PM   #17
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We are installing a wood stove in ours, mainly because you can find wood pretty much anywhere for free and doesn't put strain on our future solar set up. Also it's a good way to dispose of burnable trash I would imagine. We also have an electric fireplace, a Presto heat dish and a Mr. Buddy propane heater.
How far are you into the installation process for the wood stove inkblots84? Do you feel like the installation logistics are worth it? Any tips you can share?

It sounds like most people are happy with a small propane heater for the amount of space a bus offers. I was thinking of going with an Olympian Wave 8 Heater (http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/it ... ater/19334), rated for 290 sq. ft. Is this size heater overkill for a bus?
I just checked, our Mr. Heater is a Big Buddy that is supposed to heat up to 400sq ft, which I'm sure varies based on how well insulated the space is. IMO, it's better to have a bigger heater on low than a little heater struggling on high. It's always easier to cool down than it is to warm up!

As for the installation process... The stove is on its side in the back of the bus, looking pitiful! We need to clean it out, paint it, then install. The plan is to build and insulate a platform for it, heat shield the area with cement board, then tile, and use angle iron to hold the stove to the platform. At least that's how i think it'll go, my better half has the detailed plans. Chimney will be out the window just as Westward described.

@Westward - instead of pulling the chimney down to drive (sounds messy!) could one use metal strapping attached to the ceiling and walls to support it? We were discussing this exact thing the other night, couldn't figure it out and decided to wait and see.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:40 PM   #18
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Like you said it really will be a wait and see deal....The reason I would take it off for travelling is that with the stove vented out the side window, then the pipe would be protruding from the side as well....sticking out. It would suck to get a tree branch hung up on it, clip it on something, or have it fly off going down the road. But we'll wait till next fall when we get a wood stove in and see how we are going to handle it then.
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I have a forced air propane furnace, and have small electric heaters if needed , works good and if Im driving in cold weather I can run the furnace for added heat, and if its real cold I can run the generator and plug to off the electric heaters as well.
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Hi. I have a propane tank and furnace in my bus. We had 6degree temperature the other day. The furnace blew hot air for 15 minutes or so and then kept cutting out even though I turned the thermostat all the way up. The battery seemed fine. My propane tank indicated it had about a quarter tank full.
Does the combination of frigid temperature and low tank cause this problem? If I fill the propane tank could that solve the issue? It was so cold that I was pleasantly surprised that my bus even started that morning.
Thanks for any insight!
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