Can woodstoves go in campers?
Of course! You can install a wood stove in your camper. In fact, you must definitely install one if you’re planning to travel throughout the winter.
Cold climate can turn your dream trip into a nightmare – and a wood stove could prevent that from happening.
Now, you probably don’t need one if you’re going to go on a summer trip, right? Wrong! You never know when temperatures are going to drop – especially if you’re driving far away from home.
Because of that, wood stoves are almost absolutely necessary, no matter what kind of trip you’re planning.
And, who knows? You may go out on a summer trip today – and decide a winter trip is a great idea tomorrow! You better get everything ready now instead of waiting.
Should I use a wood stove in my camper?
Absolutely. A wood stove is probably the best heating option you have, especially if you’re going to drive around in a camper.
There are other alternatives (like gas or diesel stoves) – but they’re not as good as the classic choice, wood stoves.
We will talk about different alternatives down below if you’re interested. For the moment, we can briefly explain why wood stoves are the go-to heating option.
Why is that? Well, the answer is simple: efficiency, availability, and cost.
Wood stoves are cheap to install and cheap to run. You only need wood to stay warm – and that is available pretty much everywhere.
Not to mention how efficient wood stoves are. You need little wood to stay warm for a long time.
Is it safe to put a wood stove in my camper?
Installing a wood stove in your camper is not inherently dangerous, but there are certain precautions you must take.
You need to have a fire extinguisher in your camper, and you need to install the stove far away from anything flammable. Doing so is a must no matter what kind of stove you decide to get.
Simply put, staying safe while having a wood stove is easier than you think, though. You only need to have it properly installed and be responsible when you use it. That’s it!
As long as you don’t take any risks and use the wood stove properly, you have nothing to fear.
Is burning wood the only way to heat up my camper?
There are plenty of alternatives for you to stay warm while you stay in your camper. Some are better than others (and wood is the best of them all!).
You should choose the perfect one for you depending on what you prefer.
As you know, we think wood stoves are the best for your camper. They are cheap, reliable, and efficient. They are not the only option, though.
You can look for other choices, like gas stoves, diesel stoves, and other electric alternatives. We will discuss them down below.
What are the different heating options for my camper?
Wood burning stoves are probably the best (and better looking) options of them all. You simply cannot beat the warmth and overall feel a wood stove will give you – and, more importantly, you don’t need that much money to buy one.
Wood stoves benefits
- Cheap: When it comes to staying warm, you can’t beat how cheap a wood stove is. And, not only that, but you can’t beat how cheap wood is either. A wood stove is an inexpensive way of staying warm during the winter when you’re out in your camper.
- Quiet: When you start a fire inside a wood stove, you hear almost no sound coming out of it. You’ll only hear the crinkling sound of burnt wood – a sound that will help you relax. Other heating alternatives will constantly hum or make noises that will get tiresome.
- Efficient: Without getting technical, the amount of energy burnt your average camper needs are minimal. Wood stoves are designed to be efficient – and that’s exactly what they are. You will need little wood to stay comfortably warm.
- Resilient: Wood stoves are simple, sturdy machines. They don’t require that much to work – which means there are but a few things that can go wrong. As long as you have a match and wood, you can start a fire and stay warm.
Wood stoves cons
- Learning curve: There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using a wood stove. Starting a fire is not hard at all – but it does take some practice to do it right. Once you do, it’ll be second nature – but you have to get to that point first.
- Wood storage: Even though wood does grow on trees (and it’s easy to get some), you may find yourself having to store wood inside your camper just in case. That’s hardly a problem, but it’s something to keep in mind.
- May not be allowed: You may feel like driving to a campsite every once in a while. Well, some campsites won’t allow visitors to start any fire whatsoever for safety reasons. You may need an alternative for these scenarios.
Gas burning stoves are common in both campers and households. They are not the same as wood stoves, but they are efficient, versatile, and simple. Unfortunately, they are as simple as they are expensive, and someone with a tight budget shouldn’t consider this option.
Gas stoves benefits
- Easy to use: Most gas burning stoves come with a thermostat. All you have to do is click a button or two and you’ll soon find yourself warm again. It might not seem like much, but certain people prefer simplicity over reliability or efficiency.
- Quick: Gas stoves are as quick as they can get. Once you get it running, it’ll take seconds for you to feel a difference. Gas stoves are quick as they are strong as well – and this strength may come in handy on particularly cold nights.
- Inexpensive to run: More often than not, you will find cheap gas all over the place. Of course, that could change if you end up driving across state lines – but gas prices seldom change, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
Gas stoves cons
- Expensive to install: Gas stoves are expensive, and there’s no way around that fact. Your average gas stove could cost you from three to ten times more than your average wood stove. Yes, gas is cheap – but gas stoves are not.
- Noisy: The noise coming from gas stoves is far from pleasant. Of course, you probably prefer a little noise to stay cold during a winter night – but you have to figure out if you can sleep through that much noise.
- You may run into some trouble: Gas stoves are tricky, and you may find yourself trying to figure out what went wrong when you’re out on the road. You don’t want something like that to happen.
Other alternatives require no installation. They are often cheap and versatile – but both these things come with a price: portability comes with a lack of heating power.
What does that mean? That, sure, you will save money buying it, and you will also have an easy time getting it started, but it won’t help you stay warm when winter gets rough.
So, when should you consider a portable heater for your camper? Whenever you can buy one – after you have taken care of your main source of heat.
That’s right: you need a Plan B.
Let’s say you go for a gas burning stove. And, for whatever reason (either you run out of gas or the stove breaks), you need something to stay warm for a while until you get things sorted out. That’s when a portable heater will save your life!
Of course, that’s not to say you should depend on one for your main source of warmth. Other options are way better for that.
How can I choose the right stove for my camper?
You need to think about your camper’s size, your budget, and the resources you’re going to use before you install anything that’ll keep you warm during the winter.
Imagine installing a gas burning heater – only to find out there’s a gas shortage where you live!
So, to stay warm, make sure you write down where you’re right now, where you’re going to be, and how much money you have.
Keep these four items in mind to figure out the best heating option for your camper:
- Camper size: First and foremost, can you fit what you want in your camper? And, more importantly, can you fit it and still be comfortable living inside? A beginner’s mistake is to go big and install a huge heating stove – only to find out they have little to no room for themselves after. On the other hand, if you go smaller than necessary, you will be cold every night. You need the right size for the right camper.
- Installation cost: Your budget is the second most important thing. Unfortunately, you will be priced out of certain options (wood stoves are the cheapest option available, keep that in mind). Remember not to try and save a little money if you can help it – you will thank yourself for doing so when the winter hits.
- Maintenance cost: Some options are cheaper than others at first – but they may cost you more in the long run. You need to read plenty of reviews online before you buy something; that way, you’ll know if a cheap alternative will need an expensive repair in six months.
- Resource availability: If you’re thinking about using something other than wood burning as a heating method, you may want to do a little research. There’s plenty of wood for everyone to burn – but that’s not the case for other energy resources. Sometimes, diesel is a little harder to get than any other alternative, so keep that in mind.
What’s the best way to stay warm when outdoors?
Staying warm inside your camper is simple: get a good wood stove and get a fire going. The problem is, going outside defeats the purpose of using a wood stove – unless you start a nice campfire outside as well!
Driving out with a camper has one purpose: finding a middle ground between the comfort of a house and being out in nature. You drive out to a campsite, and depending on your mood you will decide whether to enjoy more nature than comfort or vice-versa.
When you feel like being outside of your camper, there are simple ways to stay warm. Nice thick clothes, a warm cup of coffee, and a fire pit are your best three allies against the cold.
And that’s why going the wood stove route is often the best.
Once you get the hang of burning wood to stay warm, starting a fire both inside (with your wood stove) and outside (a campfire) will be second nature to you. That’s how you always stay warm!