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Old 10-25-2018, 05:19 PM   #1
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Wood Stove inside 13 Scamp

Im continuing to do a lot of reading & YouTube watching as Im dreaming about my next phase of life. I saw this today and thought others may find it interesting. BTW, Im an owner of a 13 Scamp yet really considering something just a bit larger.

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Old 10-25-2018, 07:33 PM   #2
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I dont think I would go larger.. check with the authors of that video and also Tim Miklos, who did the first stove install that they based this one on.

I gather that it seems it works OK for a stationary camper.. traveling is another matter. And even Tim made a few mistakes, I mean learning experiences. For one thing, he didn't clean the stove pipe often enough and a had a near complete blockage. That, and lots of info about installing and using the stove, was described by him in this Facebook Scamp Group.

Interesting project and glad it works for them OK (so far).. but I am sticking with propane, even if wood is a more reliable fuel source in a major disaster or very remote location.
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Old 10-26-2018, 07:10 AM   #3
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Personally I think a wood stove in a small camper is a bad idea.
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I love that little stove. I wonder if it would be big enough to warm up our barely insulated campers in the winter. I have a wood stove in my house, it works great but there are many safety factors to take into consideration. I would be a bit concerned in a small camper.

Now if I was doing a bus conversion, different story.
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:31 AM   #5
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Just a few things to consider...

Installation proximity to combustible items and surfaces,
Physical contact hazard when hot (burn injury,)
Usage in a rather small volume (cu. ft.) environment,
Potential oxygen depletion (asphyxiation,)
Storage space necessary for wood to burn.

Probably a lot more identifiable problems out there as well, but personally I think it is a really bad idea in a small travel trailer. Just because someone else did it doesn't necessarily make it a good idea.
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:52 AM   #6
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Just because someone thinks it's a bad idea, doesn't necessarily make it so.


Wood stoves in travel trailers isn't something new. I was at the RV Hall of Fame this summer and wood stoves were inside all wood and canvas trailers built in the 1930s.


I've seen a charcoal burner in a Scamp 5er. Follow Tim Miklos build (and use) on Facebook and now there are several others following his lead.


The first Cubic Mini used successfully I've personally seen was Jeff in OCs... he's a member here on FiberglassRV.


It obviously can be done successfully. Is it for everyone, no. But is certainly for some.


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Old 10-26-2018, 09:06 AM   #7
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I would suggest you read the book on wood stove installations and wood stove operation by Sheldon . Many of the US listed clearances are minimum at best .
Secondly the flash point of combustibles are lowered by long exposure to heat
Canada has far stricter standards than the US and after reading the book by Sheldon you can see why .
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Just because someone thinks it's a bad idea, doesn't necessarily make it so.


Wood stoves in travel trailers isn't something new. I was at the RV Hall of Fame this summer and wood stoves were inside all wood and canvas trailers built in the 1930s.


I've seen a charcoal burner in a Scamp 5er. Follow Tim Miklos build (and use) on Facebook and now there are several others following his lead.


The first Cubic Mini used successfully I've personally seen was Jeff in OCs... he's a member here on FiberglassRV.


It obviously can be done successfully. Is it for everyone, no. But is certainly for some.


Well, if you really want one, go for it! You just won't find one in my trailer. I still think it's a bad idea, but that's just me.
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I am going to put a wood stove AND a Little Buddy in my camper... discuss.

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I didn't see anything in that vid that indicated they provided an outside air supply for combustion, a critical element when burning solid fuel. Room air's going to be depleted so fast it will make their heads spin (assuming they're still conscious enough to notice) It fascinates me that this always comes up when we're discussing propane heaters but so rarely does when the subject of this far greater consumer of room air does. Unlike radiant propane heaters, a wood stove can't even be installed/used in the biggest, leakiest stationary mobile home unless plumbed for outside combustion air. But some folks think it's a good idea to do so in a practically airtight tiny fiberglass enclosure. Go figure!
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. Unlike radiant propane heaters, a wood stove can't even be installed/used in the biggest, leakiest stationary mobile home unless plumbed for outside combustion air. Go figure!
That's Washington state law. Here in Vermont you can do what you want. Atleast at this point in time.
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I had a small "cottage" airtight wood stove in my house. I took it out because conforming to municipal regs ( clearances ) meant that it took up too much room and because I was freezing my butt off cutting chunks of wood into 10" or less length.

Instead of using electricity to cut wood on my table saw, I use it for an oil-filled heater to heat the room.
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That's Washington state law. Here in Vermont you can do what you want. Atleast at this point in time.
It's a federal standard Raz and most wood stoves including the one we've used for years have such language on the permanent label attached to the back. It's a Hearthstone soapstone stove btw and we love it. Fired with timber we grow ourselves on the 32 acres here. Side note, if you're not already familiar with the brand check it out and see where it's made
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:16 PM   #14
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We heat our cabin with wood , have for over 30 years
Hard to believe you can get the necessary clearances for a wood stove in a 13 ft
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