Originally Posted by arctictraveller
A smoldering wood stove burning all night can be a source of carbon monoxide, especially in a small enclosed space. They are kinda dangerous, but pretty inexpensive.
not being a smart ass here at all, but how is a van scenario any different than a tiny house, boat cabin, or small cabin? we’ve rented cabins just bigger than the van numerous times with the only source of heat being a wood stove, and none of them had a co2 detector like a lot of peoples van do. am I missing something?
Originally Posted by IanF
...Plus, having to dedicate space for wood storage, having to carry tools to prepare any wood I might have to get (normal "side-of-the-road" sold firewood will be too big to fit in these small stoves), dealing with the spent ash, keeping fire-starter materials on hand, etc.
we either carry everything you need to make wood or the wood itself every trip. we always have fire starter and prep tools with us, hatchet, axe, lighter, lighter fluid, etc. if we don’t take wood from the house we usually take a chainsaw. usually one or the other. its illegal to cut down any wood in a lot of areas where we camp pre and post season, typically desert or protected type desert areas that have very limited wood type products available. if you can even find any burnables, what is available stinks bad if you do burn it.
only drawback I see is the usable space in summer as pointed out. some layouts it would be a huge limiting factor, and not sure what you’d do in a pop top situation, but if you lived someplace that was cold more of the year than warm, something like a wood stove would be nice.
wife and I both grew up in homes that were primarily heated with wood. waking up and falling asleep to the sound of fire is something we both enjoy. I think we would really enjoy having a wood stove in our van if we didn’t have a solid 6-8 months out of the year when zero heat source was needed up in the mountains.