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Old 11-21-2019, 09:57 PM   #1
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Wood Stove securing methods?

Calling all wood stove people! I'm about to temporarily install ours so I can start framing for insulation without freezing my butt off. I'm not too far from securing the stove permanently & have a couple ideas to anchor it. My current plan is to bolt the feet through the metal floor, and maybe even fabricate a couple steel straps/brackets for added safety. I'm suddenly a bit more paranoid about a 130lb hunk of steel ripping through the bus in an accident.

Very interested in photos and experiences of those with similar concerns. I'll share mine when I get there!

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Old 11-21-2019, 10:11 PM   #2
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It seems you're too far along to worry about insurance issues, so if bolting through the floor I would weld a minimum 6" x 6" x 1/8" baseplate under the bus and large fender washers to secure it on each foot.

























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Calling all wood stove people! I'm about to temporarily install ours so I can start framing for insulation without freezing my butt off. I'm not too far from securing the stove permanently & have a couple ideas to anchor it. My current plan is to bolt the feet through the metal floor, and maybe even fabricate a couple steel straps/brackets for added safety. I'm suddenly a bit more paranoid about a 130lb hunk of steel ripping through the bus in an accident.

Very interested in photos and experiences of those with similar concerns. I'll share mine when I get there!

thx
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When you bolt it through the floor -- bolt it to a length of angle iron or C -channel long enough to catch the sub frame in a couple places. Then you won't need any "and maybe even fabricate a couple steel straps/brackets" showing or being in the way inside the bus. The thin gauge of the floor will not be strong enough. Especially if the floor has rusted on the seams along the wall etc.

Basically, compare it to how a modern car seat is mounted to the floor -- you're dealing with a similar load and foot-print.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:23 PM   #4
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I was in an accident a few years ago. I had a bag of dogfood in the bed of my truck. that bag came through the back window and snapped the headrest off of the passenger seat.

I would definitely do something similar to what Marc suggested.

Secure everything very well.
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And best to let the fire at least die down a bit before traveling.
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It seems you're too far along to worry about insurance issues, so if bolting through the floor I would weld a minimum 6" x 6" x 1/8" baseplate under the bus and large fender washers to secure it on each foot.'
thx Marc

Yeah...we're aware of the insurance issues with wood stoves. There isn't much practical about some of our decisions. I miss heating with wood, it's that simple. We're going to run a diesel air heater as well.
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I was in an accident a few years ago. I had a bag of dogfood in the bed of my truck. that bag came through the back window and snapped the headrest off of the passenger seat.

I would definitely do something similar to what Marc suggested.

Secure everything very well.
nothing but pillows in my bus. Roger that Steve.
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