Saturday, November 17, 2012

Keeping warm in the cold, some tips and information about furnaces

Here are a few tips, when the nights get cold. I have only travelled in the summer, but here in Sweden it can bite quite cold even then. :)
Use a isolating bed to sleep on. During some road trips I sometimes use an airmadress to sleep on. It takes minimal space.

wearing extra clothes to bed to stay warm. BUT, they
should NOT be cotton. Cotton holds water and makes you colder--synthetic only in
the cold. A got tips is heavy wool or synthetic boot socks for your feet (dry ones!). Fleece is for example a good material, and not so expensive. Microfleece is incredibly warm.

If your car is unisolated like mine is there is a tip for cold weather and sleeping, place the clothes you are going to wear the next day under your blankets so you can get them warm before you put them on.

Isolation: Cover your sides in the car / van by hanging ThermoReflex / Reflectix or a Space Blanket over the entire door or window. Tha can make a difference also (if you seal your place of, keep some air coming in somewhere so you can breath. Measure the oxygen level (instrument) to be shure. Use small magnets to hold the ThermoReflex in place, taping the magnes in place.

In my next car I will probably get a heater (solid fuel heater, marine) that I can use charcoal and wood for. Either I build my own from a propan gas bottle (P11) or end up getting something like this that I found on the Internet:


Newport Solid Fuel Heater (Wood burner)
Picture from: http://www.go2marine.com/product/20010F/newport-solid-fuel-heater-00-newsf.html?utm_campaign=googleshopping&utm_medium=productfeed&utm_source=googlebase&WT.mc_id=gb1




  • Non-rust stainless steel construction
  • Heat output 3000-8000 BTU
  • However, I would have prefered the possibility to warm water, or do some food on the Stove, so probably have to build my own.

    Probably use a straight pipe, 3 inch flue. no bends, so it is easy to keep clean (i know, missing som of the heat radiation. Probably harder with bends it you cant diassemble it..

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    Another alternative is this furnace:


    
    wood burner / heater for boat
    Boat furnace, Image from: http://www.gaiamarine.dk/ovn.htm
     Size: H: 370 x B: 240 x D: 240mm. Pris i about 4000 danish crones.
     It´s a danish guy who makes this, read more here: http://www.gaiamarine.dk


    Another option I found is this wood stove:

    Smålandsspisen in "child" size, fully functional. Its is a small copy of the real Smålandsspis (Småland Stove):

    Width: 360 mm
    Deepth: 300 mm
    Height: 290 mm
    Weight: 27 kg
    Smokepipe diameter: 56 mm

    The swedish price is about 5250 swedish crones. Aproximately 800 american dollars (in todays value)
    
    Smålandsspisen in "child" size, fully functional wood stove
    Picture from: http://www.bastuspecialisten.se/art/zoom/sm%C3%A5landsspisen-barn/SSBM
    This was originally called: "Husqvarna no 2" during  late1800, but it is remaid and now called "Smålandsspisen no 2".

    
    This is the original from about year 1920. Husqvarna no 2
    This is the original from about year 1920. Husqvarna no 2
    Picture from: https://www.stadsauktion.se/1110/107029-barnspis-husqvarna-no-2/
    (Sold for 1200 swedish crone in an auction)
    Other sites, 

    Diesel Heater: Glembring, A swedish firm in Gothenburg: http://glembring.se/kaminer/

    Installed on a boat by "Perra" from Oxelösund


    
    Glembring Diesel Heater in a boat, picture from user "Perra" from Oxelösund
    Glembring Diesel Heater in a boat, picture from user "Perra" from Oxelösund http://forum.hamnen.se/attachments/seglar-snack/12201d1237821609-vedkamin-i-bat-2008-09-29-12-19-33_0001_resize.jpg

    Stoves made out of rolled plate steel are tough, highly resistant to damage and is weldable, so if you wish to add some featers Steel is the way to go. However, often the steel stove looks ugglier.
    Wood stove from vedkaminer aktiebolag (A swedish company): http://www.vedkaminer.nu/kaminernew.htm

    Kamin UGGLAN






    Kamin LAXEN I
    Lenght: 47cm
    Width: 30cm
    Height: 41cm (legs 22cm)
    Weight: About 15 kilo
    Smokepipe diamenter: 10cm

    Price for this: 1681 kr
    Picture from: http://www.vedkaminer.nu/kaminernew.htm


    Laxen without cooking plate, unfortunatly no separate air intake.

    Stove Öringen:
    Solid Cast iron instead of steal, looks better, more thermal mass
    Lenght: 40 cm.
    Height: 41 cm, (legs 20 cm. )
    Width: 31 cm.
    Weight: ca 23 kg


    
    Stove Öringen: Solid Cast iron instead of steal, looks better, more thermal mass
    Stove Öringen, price 2588 kr:
    Solid Cast iron instead of steal, looks better, more thermal mass


    Tiny Tot: http://www.fatscostoves.com/




     Cubic Cub wood stove, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3bBPCvoaf4


    Cubic Mini Wood Stove

    Isolerande väv som dom isolerar fönster och taklucka med. Verkar bra!

    Winter in a van - Vanlife Finland

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ25SqBKZYM
    Ser ut att vara samma friskvattentank som Jula säljer. 10 Liter med tappkran


    It was 1,4 metre wide fabric and it costed 14 euros per metre. :) 7 layers total.



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    It’s Cubic Mini Stove from Canada
    Less than 2 kW tror Vantastic, 1,6-1,8 kW.

    Tiny wood stove install to campervan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2yzkCgORDw&lc=z22dwxw41sqmifuuvacdp435lrh5io4nswytotvkh2hw03c010c.1518623754112290

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