Chris and Jen installed their Dwarf 5kw in their skoolie. They are currently finishing up the build in Montana.
Who are you? Tell us something about you!
Chris and Jen. I work as carpenter/builder in the spring and winter mostly doing alternative projects and also work as a backcountry tree climber in the summer and fall providing research support and seed collection for reforestation. I also have a wilderness school that offers classes and events throughout the year. (See www.earthwalkschool.org). Jen works in the alternative health care industry and has an essential oils business as well as manages a chiropractic clinic. We both work and play hard. Biking, hiking, skiing, paddle sports and climbing! We love all things wild and like to get involved in things we feel passionate about.
Where did you install your stove? Do you stay in cold climates much?
40' Converted School Bus with a roof raise. I built a recycled brick and metal hearth with wood storage below. Yes, we live in Montana. This year in snowed on summer solstice 🙂
How did your tiny living journey begin and what were your reasons?
I was burnt out of the 9-5, mortgaged to the max, we need everything lifestyle. (Never really set out to live like this, it was slow and incremental) We are still in transition... have sold our 1800 sq ft home and are living in a 600 sq ft small home while we finish the bus. We started the demo in May of last year and hope to be done and living full time by this fall!
How did you decide on a Dwarf stove?
Read about other tiny home dwellers experience, liked that you guys are in our region (Northwest Rocky Mountains) and like the air-control options and the fresh air port.
How difficult was the installation process? Did you need any assistance of any kind?
Installation was fairly straight forward. I had some trouble with the double wall inner pipe sticking to the cap when we tried to switch to the travel cap but Dan helped troubleshoot things and I was able able to fix it easily.
How has your experience been using the Dwarf? Have you been enjoying having a tiny wood stove in your space?
The stove is awesome! It functions as advertised, is user-friendly and heats the bus to the point that we end up opening windows. The fresh air intake is a must also. I had it stoked one morning last winter when it was 8 degrees out and was able to walk around on the bus floor in socks and not be cold. (we have 4" of foam in the floor)
We are able to park in the mountains for the weekend and play outside in the rain and snow then return to a warm nest and be able to dry clothes and gear! Its a game changer really. Plus we are almost always able to harvest fuel on site which make things simple.
Would you recommend a tiny wood stove to others? Why?
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1 thought on “Skoolie living in Montana – earthwalkschool”
I really loved the beautiful brick hearth, that is aesthetically gorgeous and it’ll retain heat wonderfully whilst being stove safe!
The stove itself just looks so right, and that window will reveal the entrancing fire dance!
This bus looks to be extremely well thought out, and the superb insulation will prove itself invaluable and the wood interior looks marvellous.
This is going to be quite a remarkable travel cabin.