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Woodstove for Tiny Spaces

Survival Preparedness - Create Your Survival Homestead

A Survival Preparedness Plan - Creates Peace of Mind, Saves You Money, Ensures You Get The Job Done

Everyday more people discover that more freedoms have eroded and much of what they depended upon is in danger of not existing tomorrow. Retirement funds lose substantial value as politicians ask for more from citizens and then give it away to questionable recipients. People want to know what they can do to survive the uncertain future looming on the horizon.

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Survival Preparedness - Create Your Survival Homestead

A Survival Preparedness Plan - Creates Peace of Mind, Saves You Money, Ensures You Get The Job Done

Everyday more people discover that more freedoms have eroded and much of what they depended upon is in danger of not existing tomorrow. Retirement funds lose substantial value as politicians ask for more from citizens and then give it away to questionable recipients. People want to know what they can do to survive the uncertain future looming on the horizon.

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While a lot of people have fireplace in their homes, a woodstove for small spaces like tents, trailers, RVs, and tiny homes will do the same thing: keep you alive in a snopocalypse, or even normal drop in temperature.

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My Experience with Woodstoves for Small Spaces

There have been numerous times in my life where I’ve had to rely on wood heat to keep me not just alive, but warm and semi-comfy. Probably one of the first times, was in Michigan when I rented a small cottage. The place wasn’t insulated, it had a gaping hole underneath it where the owner were going to put in a basement. However, it was wide open to the snow, wind and skunks…but that’s another story for another time.

I worked at home that year, and can remember sitting at my desk, across the room from the wood furnace, and there was ice on the paneling six inches from my left arm. It was cold!

But, I survived, and learned a lot. One thing I learned was that having a small fan to circulate the warm air really helped.

Woodstove In a Tent

Yep, been there done that, living in a homemade cabin tent, aka "wall tent" in the middle of winter with just a homemade woodstove for cold survival. This woodstove was made out of a 55-gallon barrel, and we’d used one of these Barrel Camp Stove Kits to convert the barrel to a stove. It worked pretty good.

The friend who had made it for us, also bolted a 24-inch circular sawblade to the top, which made a great place of heating water and melting snow. We used a stovepipe collar and sleeve designed for protecting the tent from the heat of the stovepipe as it goes through the ceiling.

We also had about 6-8 foot of stove pipe extending above with roof, with wires securing it to the ground for stability. It also had a spark cap on it to keep live sparks from rising out of the stovepipe and falling down onto the tent roof.

Woodstove in an RV

Also been there done that. A year after the tent experience, we moved into a small travel trailer on a ranch where we’d taken a job. The ranch was very remote, and until we moved in there wasn’t even any power in the trailer. However, it did have a small box woodstove.

They’d done a very good job of protecting the walls on either side of the woodstove, as well as putting down protection on the floor. The little woodstove was what you call a “box woodstove” so it had a nice flat surface.

I actually used a Coleman Campstove Oven on top of that woodstove and baked cookies, biscuits, and even a couple of Cornish game hens for Thanksgiving dinner. It did a great job of heating the travel trailer.

Woodstove in a Mobile Home

Some years later I purchased my first property, my little survival homestead, which had a single-wide mobile home on it. One of the first things I did was install a woodstove. Again, this was a box woodstove, because I wanted to be able to use it for cooking as well as heat should the power go out.

I researched on how to install a woodstove in a mobile home, because as you probably know, manufactured housing, mobile homes, and RVs are tinderboxes when it comes to fire. This meant that I wanted to have the walls and floor beneath the woodstove protected. I probably really over did it, adding extra inches of clearance, etc., but I knew it would be safe.

In the entire time I was there, I never had to build a fire in that woodstove, but I had peace of mind knowing that I had a woodstove for cold survival.

Woodstove in a Cabin

On my little survival homestead, I let the handyman build a small 10 x 20’ cabin to live in, in exchange for working on the property. Believe me, there’s a lot of work to building a sustainable homestead for surviving whatever might come, and I had to work, so having an onsite handyman, was a great help.

Anyway, he built that cabin out of primarily wood pallets. It had electricity and water, but no plumbing. However, with the addition of a camping toilet, a window air conditioner, and a small woodstove.
That small woodstove was one I’d picked up at the local flea market one day, and it was a gem! I definitely would like to get another one of those, although I can guarantee I won’t find it that cheap again. It’s one of those where all the sections of stove pipe and the legs actually fit inside the stove, so that the entire thing can be hauled around. Called a portable woodstove it is used for tents, ice fishing, cabins, and RVs.

It did a great job of heating that little handyman cottage. In fact, he lived there through two winters, and was quite cozy.
All in all I would have to say that my experiences with woodstoves for small spaces has been very positive. Perhaps because the woodstoves were ALWAYS installed with safety in mind. So, if you are considering a woodstove, no matter what size the space, remember SAFETY FIRST.

Stay warm and enjoy that wonderful heat that only comes from a wood-burning stove.