It’s been a busy Easter here at the block. Deirdre’s family has been down for a visit so we’ve had 7 people on deck working on the bus. Luckily we had good weather and enough little jobs that we all could be occupied. Having said that the major aim Deirdre and myself set for her families’ visit was to get the flue for the wood heater installed. We set aside Good Friday to be the day for this. What follows is a written and pictorial description of this process.
Installing the WOOD HEATER FLUE
1.Cut a hole in your roof panel and install the roof panel.
Make sure the hole is big enough and if not get out the japanese
2. Complete a dry run of the insulation.
Assemble the flue pieces outside. Put the pieces together per instruction. Making sure to complete each skin. Carry these pieces round to the back of the bus. Take them up the ladder with you and from above put the pieces through the roof into place.This will be tricky and you’ll need someone inside directing you and your piece of flue into place. Be prepared to be shouting down flue parts and poking your head down flue pieces in order to be heard. Also be prepared that the pieces will be large and you may need more than one person to feed the flue from above. Furthermore some adjustment in design may be needed when working with the curved roof of a bus as the flue is designed to be installed in a house and not a bus. In this case it was working out how to sit the flue so it would hold in the roof without shifting or falling down. Some creative use of leftover pieces, such as a second rubber cowl place on the inside as well as the outside, helped alleviate this.
When satisfied that the dry run has been successful take everything back down and put together with some pop rivets. Once the inner, middle and outer skins have been pop riveted take them back up the ladder and working from the outside in feed them piece by piece into the whole on the roof. Make sure that someone is inside ready to help guide them into the fire box as otherwise the bus not the sky may fill with smoke. After you you have got the outside pieces into place install the final inner piece and then add the cap and you should be ready for step 4.
4. Test it with a fire.
Build your kindling pile in the fire, light, watch the flames and step aside. Hopefully you will see smoke billowing out of the flue and not in the bus!
So that is a guide to installing the wood heater flue in a bus. All in all it took 3 people around 6 hours to install. This is from reading through the instructions to fire. Time would have been shorter no doubt if we were installing it in a roof as we wouldn’t have to have added the extra rubber cowl inside and wouldn’t have had as many issues with the curved roof. But it was a rewarding day to see it all working.