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Old 02-05-2015, 01:56 PM   #1
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Wood stove in bus conversion: what is best?

I am putting a wood stove in my bus. What works best, through the Roof or out a window. I have the ability to do either. I won't be road tripping with my bus any time in the near future, or at all really except maybe to move it to another location someday. So mostly is a stationary dwelling.

Thoughts, ideas?
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:00 PM   #2
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Definitely through the roof. Elbows reduce the chimney's draft significantly. 90° elbows are the worst, though 45° elbows will also reduce the draft. A straight chimney will keep your fire burning hot and the smoke OUTSIDE the bus.
You can then use something like this to seal the hole: Dektite Hi-temp pipe flashing

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Old 02-05-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thank you! Perfect advice
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:35 PM   #4
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dont get a big stove, the wood stove in my bus holds less than a cubic foot of wood and it warms it up great, when you put the pipe through the roof be sure to remove several inches of insulation from the roof and replace it with ceramic insulation, if you ever drive the bus after you have had a fire you either need to really wash out the stove or find a way to make the stove pipe air proof or you will get quite a dusting inside the bus, you will probably want to put an inch of ceramic insulation on the inside of the ceiling to prevent the rising heat from melting or lighting the ceiling insulation,
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:20 PM   #5
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The insulation in the ceilings may melt back a bit but it definitely won't burn.
I had to light a tire fire to get mine to burn.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:47 PM   #6
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Fiberglass bat insulation will only melt. It can't combust on it's own.

Ceramic insulation is nearly the same, just with a higher melting point.

I disagree with the small stove idea. The size of your fire box dictates how long you can go between loadings. Two big logs burn longer than two small logs.

I burn mostly coal. I only need a 12 inch by 12 inch fire box for coal to last 8 hours. I need a 24 inch by 24 inch fire box to hold enough wood to last 8 hours.

A big air tight stove can be turned down as long as its air tight. All stoves in buses need to be air tight for safety sake. Bus is a small space.

Now this is all based off soft woods. I have no hard wood here.

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