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Wood burning stoves in mobile home
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Cynthia    Posted 03-13-2004 at 11:33:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was wondering if anyone could advise me concerning using a wood burning stove in a mobile home. Right now we just have electricity heat and I'd like to become self reliant in this area. Would prefer not to depend on generators also. Thanks.


Jim in michigan    Posted 03-13-2004 at 18:11:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in Upper michigan, you cant do it,,well you can, but then you cant get insurance,,I know,,I tried...go with propane, I figured it out, and by the time I figure what it costs me to buy saw gas, gas for the truck, my time and assorted repairs and expenses it figures out that it costs about the same as using propane. ...IMHO..Jim


Ron,ar    Posted 03-13-2004 at 15:24:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't add anything except be careful, don't run afoul of local regulations and you might also want to consider how this might affect your homeowners insurance.


cgjuka    Posted 03-13-2004 at 13:33:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a wood stove in our mobile home. It works really well, except that like one of the other posters, it can get too hot if you arn't careful. I have had it hit 90 degrees in here. The stove is designed for a much bigger building.

Also, although we have drafty windows, we also got a carbon monoxide detector. This has been really handy, as sometimes when the fire smolders it does go off. I have only had it go off 3 times, and each time I opened all the windows to let fresh air in. It has really been worth the money.

This time of year, we only start one fire in the morning, and then let it go out for the day, and then start one again in the evening as it starts to get cold again. This is the hardest time of year for the stove, as it is too chilly without it, but we quickly get too warm when it is burning.

Good luck!


Cynthia    Posted 03-13-2004 at 14:00:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the responses.
Was wondering what brand carbon monoxide detector you are using.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 03-13-2004 at 13:02:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Dad is on his second wood burner in his second mobil home and no the first one did not burn down. In fact he put it in the house that I call Casablanca and it heats there real well. Both are regular pot belly stoves and fully enclosed. He used/uses decorative tin to cover a window in the living room and removes the window during the winter when he puts the stove in. He also places a heavy tin on the floor and puts some bricks onder the legs to make for more stand off, runs the stove pipe out the window with a common 90. works great. This last mobil home is totaly electrict and their bill for Feb was under $50. the furnace hardly ever comes on unless he lets the fire go out in the middle of the night. They live in Kerrville now and have had some cold weather there this year. So it is very do able but just be careful.

The trailer they lived in while he built Casablanca was very old and had lots of leaks around the doors and windows but I remember showing up there one day and the temp was in the low 20's with ice and snow everywhere. Well all the windows on the trailer was open and the cats were all sitting on the roof of the trailer which was dry. When I went inside I noticed the thermometer on the wall read 103 F. That stove is abit larger than the one he has in Kerrivlle and heats the four bed room house very well. In fact if I don't watch it I will have the place heated to the 80's or 90's when it is cold and icy out side.

At Casablanca I only use propane for the stove top and hot water heater and have used less than 100 gallons of propane in the last three years, in fact I think I still have about 45 gallons left and my electric bill that runs the lights, celin fans and oven has never been over $39. per month during the winter. Dad built in transoms over the doors so the heat travels from room to room with the doors closed well.

Best of luck.
Vic in Kenefick.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 03-13-2004 at 13:08:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also do not forget that anytime you have a fire place or wood burning stove in a house/trailer you will need ventilation to allow the fire to draw fresh air into the house/trailer. These can be built in or you can just leave a window or door open just a littlebit. If you do not allow for ventilation this will cause many problems and possiably lead to major problems.


toolman    Posted 03-13-2004 at 11:42:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
i used to have one in mine , you can by them rated for mobile homes, and if properly installed i think they are ok , i had a porch addition on mine and thats where i put it , cut my energy costs to almost nil ,ie.oil then,be careful and have it installed according to the regulations where ever you are living.


jerry from MN.    Posted 03-14-2004 at 07:34:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One of the most important things when using wood burning stoves is to keep your chimney clean. In Princeton Minnesota this past winter three children were killed in a house fire started by a chimney fire. You can keep your chimney clean by burning one pop can a day when you have a hot fire. Drink the pop first. The Aluminum can has the same stuff in it that the expensive chminey sweep that you buy in the can at the hardware store. I have been feeding a boiler for the last 30 years, when I open the fire box door and smoke comes back into the house that means the chimney needs to be cleaned. I don't use the Aluminum can.I have told other people and the ones that use the can don't have to get on their roofs and clean their chimney. The resson I don't use the can is I sell the cans at a recycling yard. I don't like buying the oil from the arabs is the reason I burn wood. When it get's a little warmer up here I will post a picture of the saw we use to cut the fire wood. Currently it is powered by a 90 hourse inline 6 cylinder engine. It's a little over powered.


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