Originally Posted by 01ThomasMVP
Thank you guys for the advice. What are some other solutions for a heat source? What do you guys use?
I use an airtight stove. This technology has been around for decades but continues to improve efficiencies.
Mine is a smaller variety with the top surface measuring 15" x25", rectangular if you will rather than a big square. That shape worked better for me in saving space as the square would have protruded into my centre aisle.
Has a 6" flue collar, solid door about 11" square, no window and gasketed.
The stove is lined on 3 sides with firebrick and on the bottom also.
All welded construction and 1/4" plate ws used for the main stove body.
It is heavy. Had to break it down to get in the bus originally.
The legs are made of 2"square steel tube and those are set on some brackets I attached to the floor that have 1-1/2" black pipe extending up into those legs.
It came with built in fan which was too noisey so had to go.
The best feature was the built in catalytic converter for cleaner combustion and burning of gases etc that would normally go up and dirty the chimney.
Takes about 20" logs.
Two draft control wheels to tune the amount of air coming in, for a hot burn or slow burn. I am one to run a stove as hot as it will safely run because I tend to it. Not out of fear but respect for that hot a fire.
Not being one to load the stove and forget about it, I don't know the burn time for a loaded stove. I always have an eye on it or an ear listening for
anything strange. You can't be too safe with fire and need to be a slave to a stove installation once you light it up.
I ran my chimney out the back end where the left upper flashing light would have been, no cutting of the roof for me for anything. The hole I made was lightly larger than the black pipe I used and was surrounded by insulation in the back wall so nothing going to burn if that is a concern.
It pays to burn the best dry hardwood you can find but from time to time I use some softwoods but never any paper or garbage. And no wood that has been finished or painted.