On the first day of 2016 I put in an order for a Cubic Mini Grizzly wood stove. This was the first item Eva and I purchased for our adventuremobile, and one of the only things that didn't leave Asheville with us when we set out in July. At the time we made the order, we were still looking at purchasing an old school bus to convert into our mobile dwelling. After we decided to purchase a Sprinter van instead, we decided that there wasn't space for a wood stove.
Fast forward to our time in North Dakota in December, and we really wished we had gone ahead and installed the stove the first time around. After visiting Standing Rock, we headed back to the east coast to visit family for the holidays, and install the Grizzly. Our few months on the road showed that we rarely used the oven portion of our Origo 6000. We decided to sell the Origo 6000, purchase an Origo 3000 (which is just a two burner stove), and install the wood stove in the space previously occupied by the oven.
The process of planning for and installing the wood stove took a couple weeks longer than expected, as is the case with many of our 'quick' projects. There were several design concerns/considerations with our wood stove installation that took some time to figure out:
Q: How do you properly insulate a wood stove that will be installed in a wooden cabinet?
A: There are many guidelines available for properly installing wood stoves in homes, and we are not expert wood stove installers. We read all readily available information, and recommendations from the stove manufacturer. We then decided to create a 'hearth' for the wood stove using remnants of soap stone counter tops. Before installing the wood stove, we conducted several test burns in the stove to ease our minds about fire safety. We used double wall stainless steel flue, and created an effective quadruple wall insulated pipe between the wooden ceiling and the metal roof.
Q: Where can we get affordable double-wall stainless steel 3" flue for the stove?
A: There isn't any as far as we know. We searched far and wide, and in the end decided to purchase fairly expensive pipe through the same manufacturer as the stove. By doing this, we guaranteed that the pipe would fit the stove.
Q: What kind of flashing do we need for the roof?
A: We used a Dektite #3 high temperature silicone roof flashing (with some extra special modifications by David to fit our odd roof situation).
Q: Will we have enough room in the kitchen for the Origo 3000, the wood stove, and all the necessary insulation and venting material?
A: Yeah... We got really lucky with this one. It just happened to turn out that the available space fit the hearth, wood stove, and the Origo 3000 almost perfectly. We had just enough space the pass the flue straight through the dry goods shelf, and only had to sacrifice two jar spots on the shelf.
The final product has been a wonderful addition to the van. Eva's metal floor protector beneath the hearth matches in style with the third insulation wall that is visible above the dry goods shelf. The burnt orange paint color complements the splash to the right of the cook top. The Origo 3000 can lift up out of its mount to be moved anywhere we like, if needed. David's help with the flashing installation has provided a worry-free barrier from the elements. And, most importantly, the fires in the wood stove feel safe and cozy.
We still have an extinguisher and a CO2/CO detector for good measure.