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Old 10-09-2013, 07:05 AM   #29
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The weather is starting to turn and it is definitely cooling off. I hate using the inboard heater because it is a gas hog. I am leaning toward adding a wood stove. I know that many people have strong feelings about this but I feel it will be necessary before the clutches of winter really get here. I found a really neat stove made for wheel houses on boats that I am considering. Of course there will be the appropriate insulation to go with this addition. I have no shortage or wood available to me here. I can save a ton on gas this way.
Welcome and congratulations on your new-found life.

I think you would love, love, love a wood stove.

We heat our small stick house with a wood stove, and it is an economical, efficient, comforting and heartwarming heat source. Sitting near it with our coffee on cold winter mornings is one of our favorite things.

A small stove will have to be fed more often, but that is part of the fun. And, you don't want a large stove in a trailer, as it would roast you right out. A small stove will still dehumidify your trailer and keep your living area cozy, with areas farther away cooler but likely still comfortable.

You can put a kettle on your stove to heat water, or a pot with soup. We have done that during the occasional power outage.

There is a thread here somewhere with a post of a small, marine style wood stove addition to an airstream trailer. He loved it.

That you have plentiful wood is a huge bonus. We buy ours by the truckload , but would still choose it over natural gas. And, it is still much less expensive.

Go for it, I say!


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On another blog i follow this guy put this stove in his small moho:
About The Kimberly Wood Stove

you can also find his video & more info on the stove on youtube
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:17 PM   #32
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I wish I could afford the Kimberly wood stove. It truly is a thing a beauty!


I just added a 20' strong of LED lights to the ceiling. Super easy as it had adhesive. Wired it to the light in the sunroom and HOLY CRAP it is awesome!
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:29 AM   #33
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Traditional Cast Iron Marine Stoves by Navigator Stove Works,Inc. has got smaller, more traditional stoves, that would be perfect in a trailer.

I would have one somewhere if i only had a place to put it.


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So, I finally got the wood stove in and up and running

Still need a spark arrester and more permanent proximity heat shields but man does it work!!!!
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:40 AM   #35
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So, I finally got the wood stove in and up and running

Still need a spark arrester and more permanent proximity heat shields but man does it work!!!!
Good job!

I love it!

You will not have humidity problems with that little baby perking along, and it is the most comforting, bone warming heat.

Enjoy!


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My marriage ended, I sold almost everything, and went on my quest to see the U.S. and had a great time. I thought I was going to travel for a year, but ended up doing it for 5. I needed to go back to work; really don't want to as I really loved the lifestyle, but work I must. I'm trying to figure out a way to make money on the road as I miss the adventure. I met great people all over, but Airstreamer's are the best! I went to several rallies and had a great time.
I never regretted one minute of my decision. Try going to some rallies. The four corners unit puts on a Vintage Rally every year in Albuqurque you might enjoy. I was welcomed even though my trailer is not Vintage. You can learn a lot about trailers while partying. Good luck with your adventure!
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:18 AM   #37
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Thank you Julie. There are so many adventures and I am so close!

The next project is removing the water heater and installing the on demand water heater! This will make life much more normal.

I have realize how limited I am without a hot shower. While an occasions spit shower with a 6 gallon tank is acceptable for camping, there are just to many sacrifices involved in argosy living and hot showers is not going to be one of them.

Another huge benefit to the hot water will be for my wonder wash laundry method. Hot water just cleans better than cold and I feel I have been limited without it.

I can get into this system for less that $300 and will be a great motivation and very satisfying as well as very relaxing.
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Check out Technomadia website and blog about how to do it. They are part of the new mobile working movement. They have interviewers with other mobile workers as well. Some are tech workers, where others are not. Everyone seems to find their niche whether it be seasonal work and a stint at the Amazon fulfillment center or internet based.

http://www.technomadia.com/

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Another huge benefit to the hot water will be for my wonder wash laundry method. Hot water just cleans better than cold and I feel I have been limited without it.

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Umm, details, please!

I made a homemade laundry detergent a month or so ago and have just loved it.

I wash nothing in hot water except sheets and dish cloths. Works great.


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The picture below is my mobile laundry setup that I now use almost exclusively.

The smaller of the two is the Wonderwash. To operate, I put a few articles of clothing in there (pair of pants and a couple of shirts), 2 gallons of water and a teaspoon of laundry soap. Put that cap on it and crank it for 3 minutes. Then I drain the water and do it again with clean water to rinse. Sometimes twice.

The second device is the 120v laundry spinner. This enables me to spin the excess water out of the clothes so that they dry quickly. On a warm day, clothes will dry after the spinner in about 20 minutes.

I usually stay on top of my laundry and I can have it all hung up in about 30 minutes start to finish.
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Perhaps something is wrong with your 6-gallon water heater. If you start with a hot tank, and pull 2 gallons of hot water 3 minutes apart (assuming you rinse in hot), by the time you have those clothes spinning in the spinner gadget and are ready to wash another load in your manual agitator tank, you should have enough hot water to wash the next load.

I'm tank-limited in my Argosy, with the tiny original gray tank, so I bought an Oxygenics showerhead. It's a wonderful thing! Even on the 38-year-old water pump, the spray from the Oxygenics is satisfying. I take "navy showers" because of the small gray tank, but even so when the water is on it feels good enough to be a satisfying shower. It's way cheaper than a good demand water heater!
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Your reply is well thought out and yes the 6 gallon tank is somewhat satisfying but the reality for me is, I live in this thing full time. I don't want to take navy showers all the time. The idea that I can, if I want to, use all 30 gallons of water to take a shower with is tempting to me and desirable.

Another point is that I have to have a functional nest to attract a mate. Telling a prospective mate that they have 6 gallons in which to take a shower with is going to be a deal breaker for most! :-)
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