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Old 07-24-2019, 12:28 AM   #1
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Camping stove on a skoolie

I wonder if anybody has installed a camping stove on a skoolie. The one I have in mind is the
Cub Camp Stove | Part Number: 12-CSS by England's Stove Works:

https://heatredefined.com/collection...roducts/12-css


I think with proper installation, and venting it should work fine, but it gets air from the front, not from below. Maybe because of this burning time up to 5 hours. I am in BC so it's cold and wet here most of the time.



Any positive comments much appreciated, thank you.
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:44 AM   #2
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Pretty nifty little units they've got there!
There are a number of builds here with wood stoves, tho I don't recall seeing these before. Reading around the forum will provide you with insight and inspiration.
Being in TX, the last thing I need is more heat! Given your locale, the dry heat of a woodstove will be doubly beneficial to you.
The short burn time is more a factor of the firebox size instead of draught, IMO.
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I had planned for a small wood stove in my bus. Then I asked my insurance agent about it.

My insurance company won't write a policy on a bus with a "wood burning appliance" installed.

She did share with me that if I installed one later on, and they found out, that they would send me a letter giving me 30 days to remove it or face cancellation.
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If you're looking just for heat and not using it for cooking, I really recommend a diesel heater. They're cheap and easy to live with and I'm amazed by how well they work. Being diesel fired, you can pull fuel from your main tank rather than carrying another fuel supply like wood... And it won't add a bunch of moisture to the air like a propane system. If you get one with a digital control panel you can set the target temp and it will just maintain it until you turn it off. 5kw is more than enough for our 32 ft bus.

The one we have is basically this: https://amzn.to/2K3MSH6 From what I've seen, the differences between buying options are just down to accessories and the brand sticker on the side.
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I agree with Brokedown.

Diesel heat is a great option. Diesel is "energy dense" for lack of a better description. About 140k btu/gallon versus around 91k btu/gallon for propane. And, many of us carry 75-100 gallons on board already.

I am going a little different route. Instead of a diesel "air" heater I have a diesel fired coolant heater.

The installation is a bit more involved but will give me radiant floor heating and, when needed, engine preheat. Also, while driving, I can use engine coolant to heat the interior of the bus.

I want a wood stove just because I like sitting in front of the fire...
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I love the romantic wood burning aspect but I'm way too practical (and cheap) to do it.

The other issue I have about wood stoves is having to wake up in the middle of the night to feed it. more likely I'll just freeze to death in my sleep.
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I love the romantic wood burning aspect but I'm way too practical (and cheap) to do it.

The other issue I have about wood stoves is having to wake up in the middle of the night to feed it. more likely I'll just freeze to death in my sleep.
Me too. Except for the "practical" part.

Wood for amiance and diesel for heat through the night.

Another option is to follow the words of my favorite philosopher and "go where the weather suits my clothes ":
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I recommend if you decide to get a wood stove, go buy it in person. I got a similar one on Amazon on sale for $100 and it leaves a little to be desired. It's pretty thin and I had to fix the door hinge.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

But it works for what I need it for. It's technically an outdoor stove, and is not permanently attached, so it meets my insurance requirements.
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I used a Cubic Mini Cub in my 6x12 utility trailer build, and while it was more than enough heat, I had to restock it every 3-4 hours. If I had gotten the slightly larger "Grizzly" version it would have lasted 6-7 hours on a single fueling, but I worried that it might be too warm (probably wouldn't).
but the bigger of a space you're heating, the quicker a given amount of fuel burns, so a full sized bus would require refilling twice as often.
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It gives me bragging rights. Who else here has had the bomb squad come to their house?
I mailed my kid brother a practice grenade when I was in Army doing basic training at Fort Lewis Washington during December 1970. He unwrapped it with the family at Christmas it was blue and said in big letters "inert practice grenade" and everyone thought it was cool. Fast forward to when he brought it to school to show his freinds in 5th grade the cool thing his brother in the Army got him for Christmas..Fast forward to evacuating the whole K through 6th grade . Would this count?
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I agree with Brokedown.

Diesel heat is a great option. Diesel is "energy dense" for lack of a better description. About 140k btu/gallon versus around 91k btu/gallon for propane. And, many of us carry 75-100 gallons on board already.

I am going a little different route. Instead of a diesel "air" heater I have a diesel fired coolant heater.

The installation is a bit more involved but will give me radiant floor heating and, when needed, engine preheat. Also, while driving, I can use engine coolant to heat the interior of the bus.

I want a wood stove just because I like sitting in front of the fire...
OK Brother What handy dandy diesel heater are you looking at? Want to go the same way with a a heat exchanger and solenoid conrol for whatever loop that is being called for. Seeing domestic hot water as the primary use.
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I mailed my kid brother a practice grenade when I was in Army doing basic training at Fort Lewis Washington during December 1970. He unwrapped it with the family at Christmas it was blue and said in big letters "inert practice grenade" and everyone thought it was cool. Fast forward to when he brought it to school to show his freinds in 5th grade the cool thing his brother in the Army got him for Christmas..Fast forward to evacuating the whole K through 6th grade . Would this count?
LMFAO!!!!!

I carried a practice grenade to school when I was in 7th grade

Great fun watching the principal have a nervous breakdown.... Probably wouldn't be funny today

The week of vacation that followed was fine to.
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OK Brother What handy dandy diesel heater are you looking at? Want to go the same way with a a heat exchanger and solenoid conrol for whatever loop that is being called for. Seeing domestic hot water as the primary use.
I have a Webasto Scholastic 45k BTU hydronic heater.

https://www.webasto-comfort.com/en-u...olant-heaters/
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