Re: Dirt's Cargo Trailer Camper conversion

Case Turner


Yes you can go with a catalytic heater and not need power. I was referencing Dickinson's propane heater which requires the use of 12v for the fan.  I have the Big Buddy heater and have used it in the trailer. I just prefer wood heat and the ambiance of the wood stove. 

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 7:42 AM Myles Twete <matwete@...> wrote:

Thanks Case…looks like a cute way to go with wood J.

Reading this, my mind was following your words going towards propane, then that idea got skewered with “unfortunately propane requires 12v” and you lost me.

There are propane heaters out there that don’t require any electric power source.  First and foremost for RV’s and marine are the Olympian catalytic propane heaters.  I bought a used one on Ebay years ago for my boat.  They’re very compact, can be easily stowed, hung on the wall where you want them, and very efficient.

Here’s a link to their larger, newer model that puts out 6000 BTU.{creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584345016062023&psc=1


In case this helps-




From: [] On Behalf Of Case Turner
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 6:53 AM
Subject: [oregoncoots] Dirt's Cargo Trailer Camper conversion


I've been documenting my cargo trailer camper conversion and travels at the Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailer forum. Thought some here would like to follow along. I will add the link below.


I currently am working on the nose end of the trailer in preparation for my heat source.


Since I dry camp I wanted to have a heater that would not require me to be attached to power of any sorts. I do have solar power and a battery, but I didn't want to connect the heater to that.


Having had Dickinson diesel stoves on my boats I started there. I decided that I really didn't want to pack diesel so I thought propane. My thought was since I was already packing propane for cooking I wouldn't need another fuel. Unfortunately the propane heater requires 12v for the fan.


Dickinson makes a solid fuel heater too, so I looked at that. I have seen the solid fuel heater in person and in use and I was never impressed with the metal thickness. Especially for the price. The other issue is it's not a sealed unit and has no fire brick like modern wood stoves.


I always have firewood with me so I started a two month research of small wood stoves. There's lots of great little stoves out there. Ultimately I decided on the Cubic's Cub mini wood stove out of Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada.



I choose the Cub because its the perfect size and it's more along the lines of a sealed wood stove, with fire brick. The price with the current exchange rate really sealed the deal.


Currently I am prepping the area where it is going to go. I will be posting more to my build after the weekend. The stove is supposed to be here on the 4th.


Dirt's Cargo trailer:




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