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Woodstove
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eggie    Posted 08-01-2002 at 16:12:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi can some one please help me i have a wood stove not mobile home approved it is a new epa approved does any one out there have a non approve wood stove in there mobile home and what do i have to do so i can use it in my mobile home. thanks for any help


rosie    Posted 07-30-2004 at 23:06:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
HUD approved wood stoves cost more than must mobile home owners can afford, I am disabled, and want and need a wood stove, but I can't afford an 'approved' stove, so I will freeze when the power goes out this winter or I can't afford my gas bill> i would like a boxwood stove, the small one, but I guess poor old disabled people have to be cold to follow the rules?


Dennis Becker    Posted 06-27-2005 at 02:40:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Rosie, what I did is build a addition off my back door, on the ground, to house my double barrel wood stove, that way I can feed the stove at ground level without carring wood up and down stairs.
Heat rises, so just leaving the back door open allows the heat to come into my trailer. No fans needed.


Hal/WA    Posted 08-02-2002 at 10:35:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lived in a mobile home for a long time. It was good, cheap living and got us through a time in our lives when we really could not afford a big mortgage. The first year, I relied on the electric heat, but the bills in the winter were huge and we always had to worry about power outages that might last for a couple of days. So I decided to get a wood stove.

I researched the stoves and learned that to avoid possible insurance problems if I ever had a loss, I had to get a building permit and to do this I had to have a mobile home approved stove. I looked at a lot of stoves and decided on an Earth Stove, as it used a Metalbestos chimney from the stove top through the roof, had a full hearth, drew combustion air through a hole in the floor, and was rated at 1" clearance from combustables. Unfortunately, it was quite expensive.

I installed the stove myself and added sheetmetal shields where the chimney passed through the roof and also behind the stove in front of the wood panelled wall. It passed inspection and the inspector said it was one of the best installations he had ever seen.

We used the stove for a number of years. The electric heat would seldom come on and our electric bills actually went down in the winter. The stove saved the water pipes from freezing several times and kept us quite comfortable.

The stove saved me a bunch of money over time and gave little trouble. However using the kind of wood we had was quite messy. When I built my new house, I switched over to natural gas and no longer burn wood. I did leave room for a chimney when I designed the new house, and if gas gets too expensive I will add a wood stove in the basement.

I would NOT put a wood stove that does not get combustion air from outside, or any unvented combustion device in a mobile home. Most mobile homes are just too airtight and you would run the terrible risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and DEATH. Also since most mobile homes are built so lightly, special arrangements have to be taken to avoid fire, which will usually completely destroy a mobile home.

And I would suggest that you check with your insurance company about a woodstove in your mobile home. Even though I bought the expensive stove, did a great job of installing it and jumped through all the hoops, after a couple of years, my insurer cancelled me. I had a hard time getting coverage and ended up paying about 3 times what I would have been if I had not had the wood stove. And you really need insurance. Who knows what might happen, like a tree blowing over and damaging the house, or a neighbor kid getting injured on your property? Good luck, but I would not install the non-approved stove in a mobile home.


Ludwig    Posted 08-02-2002 at 05:15:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
A little propane or kerosene heater will put out way more heat much more safely and with less work than a woodstove....


Rachel and Mark on Hobohill    Posted 08-01-2002 at 19:37:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Eggie, all the guys here give great advice. I have been there, tho. We bought our mobile and had to renovate with plans to build on. BUT (a big one) we didn't have the money until last year. We had to heat with wood as there was no furnace here, only 2 little electric baseboard heaters. So...we put a small woodstove in the trailer. We put a solid rubber mat 4x6', then 1/4 inch metal sheet under that. For the chimney, we used a window. took the window out and filled the space around the pipe with firebrick. Then sealed it closed around the pipe with metal sheets with holes for the pipe. Attached the stovepipe to the trailer a foot away from outside wall. It worked. We didn't allow it to get too hot and kept a watch (a close one!) on the floor and wall behind stove. (3 foot clearance for safety.) The stove was in the way but we made it thru 2 winters with it. Now, it,s in the new room which has a chimney and solid block walls for the chimney and fireplace we plan to put in. Just be really careful and don't mention it to the insurance company if you want to be insured at all. They won't cover a fire if the stove is in the mobil itself. Hope this helps. Might prefer some electric heaters with propane backups.


buck    Posted 08-01-2002 at 17:01:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

I have never fully understood why there are different requirements for mobil homes vs. a non-mobil home but in any case there are mobil homes around here that use wood stoves so there must be a safe way to do it.


DeadCarp    Posted 08-01-2002 at 16:58:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
You need to get one with the right stamped label or else your insurance won't even pay any claims - wood stoves can act strange and get VERY hot at times. The big hazard is - sound mobile homes tend to be way more airtight than stick-built and woodstoves eat lotsa oxygen.


Les...fortunate    Posted 08-01-2002 at 16:49:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a recipe for disaster.


dg    Posted 08-01-2002 at 17:03:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I couldn't agree more. A lot depends on how old the mobile home is. You got 1/2" drywall? Decked composition roof? Maybe 4' off any wall setting on fire slate tile 4' all the way around on the walls too. I still couldn't sleep at night.


ger    Posted 08-01-2002 at 18:08:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
i used to have a wood stove in an addition on my mobile when i still had it i couldn,t afford the oil back then so i had little choice but i worried alot , still if i were you id build an addition on an build it like a regular house like drywall etc an make it big enough to keep lots of cleanerce all the way around , i would not put it in the mobile itself an i don,t know where you are but here my wife knows insurance , its her job an she says if it ,s not inspected and anything happenes you will have no coverage if its found to be a result of the stove, you gotta be careful because the mobile,s can go up in lest than 2 minutes,good luck ger


Les...Hey dg    Posted 08-01-2002 at 17:16:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have my wood fire 200' away from the house these days. Got me one of them Central Boilers about 3 or 4 years ago. Don't even have to worry about all the problems, especially safety, that goes with having a wood stove inside the house.


pat    Posted 08-02-2002 at 09:40:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey les,
I live in upstate ny have had a wood stove in the house since we bought the place, 14 yrs ago, I love the feel of a right now heat the wood stove gives,,, I have been contimplating building a new house mine is over 2 hundred yeras old and nothing really original except the drafts in the winter,, hahah, we have been thinking of putting in a unit like yours, I have a question tho. the set up of it ,, is it like a baseboard heat were it goes through a water tank for heat or more on the basis of a forced air directly from the woodstove,,, I hope this is not such a dumb question and I hope it is explained enuff, funny how it is almopst 90* and we are already thinking of heat,,,,, the wood still has to be cut,,, but got lucky and had about 5 cord left from last year,, thanks have a great day
pat


dg    Posted 08-02-2002 at 06:18:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les, sounds like you've got it about as safe as it can get. In my part of the country NG and LP are the favorites for heat source. Elec if you can afford it. I've seen a lot of heating related fires, don't see how you could get any safer with your system.


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