Kathleen Sanderson wrote:It looks like I'm going to HAVE to put a wood stove in the travel trailer. I've taken out the water tank, and can put the wood stove where the tank was, so the floor should be able to support some weight there, since the tank, when full, probably weighed at least a couple hundred pounds. I'd like the stove itself, including mass around it and heat shields, to take up no more than 30" X 30". Height is limited -- not only is this a travel trailer, but there are cabinets on the wall above the window which is the width of that whole section of the wall. We need the cabinets. And besides, I've already spent several precious days of work time doing nothing but tearing stuff OUT of the trailer -- don't want to waste any more time doing that if possible!
I think I can do a short mass 'bench' but it will be only about a foot or so square -- if I use six inch pipe, this would leave only three inches of mass on each side of the pipe. Is this enough? I would include heat shielding. The total space I'm working with is only six feet long (it's where the hide-a-bed used to be, with the water tank under it).
So, my questions are, where do you buy fire brick and refractory cement (what kind of business do I call?)?
What should I use for the 'barrel' part of the stove? I was thinking a grease can, but would a five-gallon metal can be big enough? Should I look for a small water heater? I'd like to be able to use the top of the stove for at least heating water, simmering soup, etc., but we do have the propane cook stove, so I don't have to do all my cooking on the rocket stove.
Is stove pipe going to be durable enough for the feed tube/burn chamber? And what would be best to use for the inner cylinder, inside the 'barrel' part of the stove?
I can find someone to do welding, if necessary.
Will be burning pine and juniper, mostly pine as my mother and step-father have twenty acres of pine trees and there are lots of dead branches I can pick up. I also have some scrap wood I've picked up, close to a cord of that if I'm able to get it all moved up there. No hardwoods available here.
He said the propane furnace needs electricity for the blower (how do they run when someone is camping where there is no electricity -- off the battery?), so we can't count on having that. We only have a few more loads of stuff to take up there to be completely moved, and I don't want to have to be sleeping in their house! (We've been sleeping in their house when we stay overnight on one of our moving trips, but it wouldn't be a good arrangement for long-term.)