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Author Topic: Anyone have a woodstove in their bus?  (Read 3086 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2010, 10:19:20 AM »

Riddle me this?  How did they heat rail passenger cars in the 1800s? 

I am sure they didn't care whether they started fires behind them.

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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2010, 10:36:15 AM »

NO Espar or Webasto heater or boiler will run on WVO.these heaters run by condensing or injecting the fuel.
a waste oil burner uses compressed air and a special nozzle to atomize the fuel enough to get it ignited and clean to burn!

maybe a webasto like a 2020,2010,300 could be modified,by changing the pump pressure and nozzle!

im working on converting a beckett burner for the boiler on my house.but i have to use a preheater for the fuel and compressed air to get a safe and clean burn.i guess to much trouble for the bus!!

because i run wvo on my bus,and there is always a small amount of wvo going to the main tanks while purging.i choose to run a small extra tank with clean diesel just for the espars and the webasto.

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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2010, 10:45:54 AM »

Riddle me this?  How did they heat rail passenger cars in the 1800s? 
Excellent idea - That would be a good stove to investigate. . . .

Of course, if a train wrecked back then, a small fire in back wasn't much of a concern compared to the BIG fire in front.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2010, 12:38:58 PM »

Thanks everyone - some really good ideas and info in here!

I especially liked Len's comment about seeing what my insurance company would think! Ha, ha!
As I sort out more info and follow some of your leads, I'll let you know what I come up with!
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2010, 12:54:55 PM »

A lot of stuff from the 1800s we wouldn't do today.  We know better now.  I seem to remember some TV show about trains from the 1800s.  A lot of passengers were killed in accidents either by the hot coals from the stove or from the hot coals setting the wooden cars on fire.

I'm not saying yes or no if wood stoves should be in a bus, but just because something was done in the 1800s doesn't mean it should be done today.
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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2010, 03:45:37 PM »

generally you will not need the stove while driving...you should have plenty from the engine.  The stove, I would imagine is for stationary use.
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« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2010, 04:33:19 PM »

A friend of mine years ago got up in the morning in his bus and started a fire in his cute little pot bellied stove (not air tight) and sat down to drink some coffee. They remembered they had to go to town early so the shut the stove down and drove off. About 5 miles down the road the looked at the stove and it was glowing red. The vacuum created by the air rushing by the stove pipe was sucking air in around the door in the stove and you could not shut it down. They pulled over and poured water in it and made a terrible mess and almost caught the bus on fire too.

Here's the bottom line--- If you have the money to pay to heat your bus, as I know most of you do then you do not want a wood stove. They are a giant pain in the @$# and are dangerous if you do not have experience using them. If on the other hand you cannot afford the propane or electricity then a wood stove is a wonderful thing.
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« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2010, 05:39:10 PM »

I would not consider a wood stove in the nus.  However.......if you do a lot of boondocking and like to tinker with stuff like that, how about a wood fired boiler located outside of the bus, connected to your hot water heating system.
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« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2010, 06:24:02 PM »

How many remember the stories of putting a pan of charcoal under the truck engine so it would fire up in the morning? That was back in the days when the Interstate was gravel.....
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« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2010, 07:15:53 PM »

How many remember the stories of putting a pan of charcoal under the truck engine so it would fire up in the morning? That was back in the days when the Interstate was gravel.....

I've seen this done with a big ol propane weed burner in the 80s with a car that was too cold to start.  In hindsight it seems pretty dangerous with the gas tank and gas lines under there.  Charcoal isn't so bad since it doesn't have much flame once it settles down.
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« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2010, 07:34:01 AM »

there's an old northern trick using a  roll of toilet paper a hubcap and some diesel, you soak the t p put some more in the cap light it up and slide it under the oil pan.
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