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kirk dustin
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Hey y'all. I have a slide-in camper on the bed of a pick-up truck. I'm thinking about this shelter as perhaps one that wife & I may need as "house" soon. I have been researching small, well built & designed wood stoves to put in the camper IN PLACE of the 3 burner propane built in. I realize the need for heat proofing, safe chimney, etc., but need to know if anyone has experience with this apparatus. I've spoken with several "tent stove" manufactures that claim to have sold many to folks like me, as well as the maker of the camper(dead against the idea) and thought a non biased voice is needed please.
 
R Scott
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I understand why the camper manufacturer is dead set against the idea. 1) they have to be for legal liability reasons and 2) they know how their campers are built (lots of particle board more than likely).

I know of a few woodstoves from the yachting or tiny house industry that would work, but they are more than you probably paid for the camper. http://www.marinestove.com/orderinfo.htm

There are stoves like the silverfire hunter that I think would work for cooking, but don't know if it would put out enough heat for warmth--it really was designed to minimize heating (but that may be a good thing in this situation). It would be my starting point because I can't think of anything close to its price that would work. http://www.silverfire.us/page_11_15/silverfire-hunter-natural-draft-chimney-gasifier-s

The easy way to make a woodstove safe is SPACE, a luxury you won't have. You will need radiant barriers, good insulation and some re-working of the space to remove any combustibles. Luckily you can get rockwool at home depot these days so we aren't talking super exotic stuff anymore. The silverfire would start you camper on fire if you just plopped it down on the counter and fired it up. It gets hot on the bottom so it needs airflow and barrier on the bottom just for short cooking burns. The sides are insulated so they are easier--that would be the big problem with most other camp stoves in such a small space.

I have seen a few people have threads like this on expedition portal forum--evidently this is a common thing (a woodstove in a van or tiny camper) among ski bums.
 
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Kirk : It is very hard to give you good advice without knowing a little more ! location. and your ability to provide a shelter/ windbreak for your entire mobile Housing !
Big AL !!!
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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