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Old 03-11-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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Wood stoves in skoolies! Got one?

I have stumbled into a few photos but can't seem to find them now. I would really like to see some wood stove installations in a skoolie. I have a 90 TC2000 I am getting ready to convert and really wanted to put one near the folding door over the wheel. I only did a very quick and dirty conversion (remove seats except 2 up front, built bulkhead wall about 12 foot from back door, built queen bed, 2 bunks, shelf for tv,vcr,dvd,installed inverter, hit the road) to get us moved (NM to VA) but am about ready to redo everything and want it to be boondockable. Thanks all
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Old 03-11-2007, 10:38 PM   #2
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I've seen a few pics but have no idea where to find them. There is a place in your neck of the woods (Lynchburg) that has a bunch of Thomas Saf-T-Liners (flat nose transit style buses) for sale at $2000 each... Sonnymerryman.com
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:09 AM   #3
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well, you could visit http://www.mrsharkey.com and look at the forum section. He is focused on housetrucks however has a number of good threads on woodstoves. Might be helpfull.

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Old 03-12-2007, 05:21 PM   #4
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Someone had a small woodstove called a Tiny Tot or something like that. They did a real nice job on the install. If I were to put one in, I would copy that setup. I'm sure someone knows which bus I am talking about.
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:42 AM   #5
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Someone had a small woodstove called a Tiny Tot or something like that. They did a real nice job on the install. If I were to put one in, I would copy that setup. I'm sure someone knows which bus I am talking about.
SeanF is one that did that type of stove. His site is here:

http://www.seanf.smugmug.com

And the stove installation is here:

http://www.seanf.smugmug.com/gallery/1391887
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:32 AM   #6
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Yea, found that one reciently, waaay toooo small for me. What do ya burn in that, toothpicks? Just kidding around. I'm sure it suites his purposes, just not mine. I actually want a small steel stove that will take around 14" to 17" logs. Make enough heat to keep me warm in alaska but tight and sealed so I can control it well in a more moderate climate. Can't weld or I would just buy the door and build the rest. I was hoping to mount something parallel to the wall and over the wheel well. Hopefully Ill be able to cook on it as well. I'm really trying to put together systems that are simple and reliable so I can drive out in the middle of no-freaking-where (it's nice there) and live for 2 months if I desire. Wood is available for free almost everywhere if you know where to look, even in the forbidding wilderness of asphalt (pallets are free in the city). Thanks for the responses so far. Let me know if ya find any others.
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:45 AM   #7
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I wanted something nice and built to last so we went for a Jotul woodstove for our project…


25” high x 12-1/2 “ wide x 19 “ long (handles up to 16 “ logs) for $795.00
(You can cook on this stove)

Size does matter when you’re staying in a cold place …so get a woodstove with large enough capacity to heat the bus.
Unless , you want to go for a ‘double’ heating system …
That’s how I went about doing Latcho Drom’ …
Small wall-mounted woodstove and propane heater…







Northern Tools sells some ‘cheap’ woodstoves and this site has some tiny stoves….
http://www.marinestove.com/
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:49 PM   #8
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Excalibrate I posted this pic before …but here’s a really nice little woodstove set up in a gorgeous Houstruck

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Old 03-14-2007, 01:16 PM   #9
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Not sure if you’re kidding …but just in case you don’t know about house trucks …
here’s what one looks like.

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Old 03-14-2007, 02:36 PM   #10
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Ahhh yes ,the housetruck . . . yea, been to Sharkeys site about 5 years ago when I was thinking about getting a bus the first time. A year latter I got my first bus. I'm on my second bus now and a little wiser for the journey. I really preffer busses (at least for now) and my TC2000 FE fits my needs pretty good for now. You see . . . we typically move every 2-3 years often 1000 miles or more. We aren't wealthy by any means but love to travel. We are Me, Angelia (love incarnate yet highly dangerous) my 2 kids (Atlas 9, Kristara 10) and have 2-3 cats (depends when you ask) and 2 medium/large dogs (just had 1 dog last trip). So we need living space and storage all in one unit. The wood stove is still up in the air due to the space shortage. When I re-configure the bus I plan to give up about 3 feet of storage space to donate to living area. That 3 feet could be used for the stove but haven't decided yet.
I still haven't seen the one I found a month or so ago where the guy put his over the wheel well. Keep them comming, I need lots of good examples to steal ideas from.

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