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Old 11-28-2015, 12:40 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=Jim Foster;1578361]If wood stoves were great in a trailer, most of us would already have one.

We heat with wood at home, but would never consider it for a trailer. Too many good other options.

There is a place for a Wood Stove, or an Oil burner or another fuel source that is capable of heating the interior of any Trailer. We used wood burning stoves in northwestern Montana to heat the home and cook upon.

Yes... someone, myself as the oldest kid, would get up early and clean out the previous evenings charcoal into a bucket, stuff some newsprint and kindling into the stove, take a match from those mounted in a container on the wall... and presto... the process began again, and again. There still are many homes heated by wood or oil today. Even a pellet stove could work well...

The vast majority of trailers and RV's are manufactured for the casual traveler who stops where you have Full Hookups. Their lives changed by only the location where they have parked.

Some... a small minority have to improvise to adapt a City Designed Airstream to be useful during the three to five months of Lower 48 Winter uses.

There is nothing wrong being comfortable at a full service camp site. You can have Grandma's furniture and chandelier over an oak table in your RV. I am speaking for those who would like to extend their trailer use beyond the 40 to 90 degree comfort ranges possible in a current trailer.

The discussion should come to WHERE to install a wood burner and WHAT has to be removed to find the space. Obviously some have already worked on that. I applaud those who are considered "different" and experiment with their time and money. These people should be celebrated.

Those who criticize the work of these pioneers utilizing a trailer for other than a living room transported to another location... are currently designing most RV's today.

Airstream has the resources to create something for the outdoorsman. Not a stripped out motel room of a trailer, but a well thought out... Sheepherder's Wagon brought into the 21st Century. Some manufacturer will eventually capture a market that exists today for a trailer that can handle the colder climate trailer owners. Someday the hot climate trailer owner will have an option, but less likely.

When I see this trailer... and it is to my liking... Airstream For Sale.

Great old posts and thank you.

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Old 11-28-2015, 03:37 PM   #16
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All of the ( hot ) air that goes up the chimney HAS to get replaced by cold air. Cracking a window brings cold air into the living space and works against the heating process.The best way would be to install an air supply to the wood stove.

Woodstoves aren't that healthy when it comes air quality. They are cheap to run, especially if you can harvest fuel from a wooded area, and they are good for long boon docking trips. Granted, having a woodsove in a camper would be nice, handy, and cheap sometimes if you can get free wood. Another thing is that you would need to be splitting wood so it would fit into one of those tiny marine stoves. Just something to think about

Some report that you have to get up several times during the night to feed the stove, and some say a good stove will stay lit for seven hours. The thing is, if you have had the stove running all day, and fill it before you go to sleep, the trailer will stay warm for a while and be warm enough to sleep in all night.
I experienced that in my van camping days. Going to bed was miserably cold but body heat warmed things up. You need a good sleeping bag.

One guy, who wintered in Vermont, made a shed around the trailer door. He heated the shed with a bigger wood stove and circulated the warm air into the trailer with a fan. He was on the forum here for a brief time, and we never heard from him again. We get a lot of people come on to the forum with the cool idea of saving money, while living stationary in a cool Airstream. RVs are NOT 4 season homes.

I don't know what health issues prevents you from using a propane furnace but they are vented well. I have never smelled mine. Electric would be best. Since generators HAVE to be running outside, I don't see your problem with them either.

Perhaps living in a trailer is not the best plan for you. with up front cost, park fees, maintenance, heating cost etc….You might not be saving that much money anyhow.

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Old 11-28-2015, 04:19 PM   #17
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Wood stoves have a romance that can't be matched by any other heat source.

Most of the narrowboats cruising the British canals have diesel powered central heating systems with radiators throughout the boat - yet still, the vast majority of liveaboards, myself included, went through the effort required to have a live fire on board.

When we owned a cabin in the middle of Mennonite country we rarely used the gas heater, again opting to heat with a wood burner.
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Old 11-29-2015, 05:38 AM   #18
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If I were stationary in a trailer, a small woodstove would be the way to go. Carrying one on the road just seems implausible to me.

This little Unforgettable Fire guy is pretty cute, and very space efficient....tho with many good qualities, rather modern looking for my taste.

I like the cast iron, the visual appeal of the black...with flame winking at you thru the glass door.

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Old 12-06-2015, 10:12 AM   #19
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At $4.5k plus labor, installed, I can buy a lot of propane for my furnace.
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Darned if I could figure out how to post a photo from my smart phone, but I fired up my sardine last night for the first time. She works great.

$1400 stove
$250 other parts
$50 CO detector
Installation - was just me, a jigsaw, tin snips, a drill, and a whole lot of consultation with all my gass-fitter friends.

I didn't go with the fresh air intake, becaus my trailer has some sizeable gaps to provide draft as it is.

I was sick of blowing breakers with the electric heaters. This guy will make it so easy to relax in here. I highly recommend.

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