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Old 09-15-2015, 12:26 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by northof60girl View Post
Hi Nat...
Thanks for the info and I will be checking out your link. You don't think a propane heater and in floor heating will be enough and good insulation? I will be in Vancouver living (or outside city limits) eventually but hope to spend a couple more years up here after it's done.

In floor hot water radiant heating works extremely well. With a properly built system, there would be no need for a propane heater also.

The most important part is the insulation. Without proper insulation, no amount of heat will keep you warm in a bus at -40 C.

I also have a thread covering the beginnings of my hot water radiant heating system. In that link it talks about a simple system I built using a cheap $400 propane hot water tank as the boiler. It is installed in a 26 by 16 cabin with good insulation. It's going on it's 4th winter and still going strong, with a average heating bill of $50 a month at .80 cents a liter for heating propane.

For me I hate having to buy propane. It's expensive and makes me dependent on having to refill, and dependent on availability, and having to stay near humans for that refill.

I will only be using propane on my bus as a backup for when I'm working lots and can't tend to my Coal / Wood stove.

In Vancouver, heating needs for you will be minimal. However up north, the needs will be much higher.

For me my bus takes me away from the human footprint. I'm tired of the general public, and want my life and the life of my new son to get back to the basics. Living off the land, VS living to pay the government large amounts of taxes, and hardly seeing my family.

Hydronic Radiant Heating in a Bus

The cabin that is heated by in floor hot water heating.

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