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Anyone have experience with the Dwarf line of wood stoves?

 
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Hello all, me and my wife are about to take the plunge into an off-grid life, and we will be living in a 36' fifth wheel, a '93 Newmar Kountry Star, until we build our house (probably 2-3 years). We have decided to go the wood stove/oven route for our heating, and a good deal of our cooking. We will have propane as a back-up. We have ~22acres of oak/hickory/pine forest (mainly hardwood), so wood will not be an issue .

After a lot of searching I came across the Dwarf 5kw Cookstove Combo, and found it very interesting, and seemingly a perfect fit. It is compact, but still quite feature rich.

The only downside is that I have been unable to find reviews about the dwarf line, and would like to hear/read some experiences from owners of a Dwarf stove before I "pull the trigger" and buy one.
 
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I have similar requirements and just posted a similar inquiry. The other stove I'm considering is the Drolet Spark, which is comparable in some ways (no additional cook oven) but takes longer firewood. From my experience in using wood exclusively for heating/cooking, the longer the wood the firebox accommodates, the less work overall of cutting/splitting. This is why I almost immediately excluded marine stoves (with tiny fire boxes) from my search.

 
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Ok, you may want to hit the brakes and consider a alternative which is to build a shed next to the RV and put the wood stove in that. Maybe a shed on skids so it can be moved around with a pickup or tractor. Then pretty much any stove will fit and the mess will be in the shed not the RV. Also this ”mud room” is a great place for wet boots , coats, etc.
Enjoy your adventure with the land.
 
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You could always try a pot belly stove; it does quite well at heating small spaces or large.

I like them because I can either cut the wood short to save on wood consumption for the year, or put in long sticks. It just depends on how you load the stove, from the top and vertical for the long sticks for super long burn times, or through the side door with the shorter sticks.

 
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Jeremy Baker wrote:Ok, you may want to hit the brakes and consider a alternative which is to build a shed next to the RV and put the wood stove in that. Maybe a shed on skids so it can be moved around with a pickup or tractor. Then pretty much any stove will fit and the mess will be in the shed not the RV. Also this ”mud room” is a great place for wet boots , coats, etc.
Enjoy your adventure with the land.




This is excellent advice if at all practical for your situation, and would make an enormous difference in how pleasant a winter will be.
 
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