Installing a Mr. Heater Buddy in the Bus to Tiny House Conversion

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

This 12-foot long propane hose was $30 from Amazon.

 

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

You are supposed to use one of these filters when attaching a large propane tank to a Mr. Heater Buddy heater. This one was about $12 from Amazon

 

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

Locating the propane tanks in the existing storage area.

I was lucky enough to recover two horizontal propane tanks from an old travel trailer. It was $15 a piece to have the tanks recertified. The process was quick and easy. A local propane supply place offered the propane tank recertification service.

 

 

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

Drilling an exit hole with a metal hole saw.

 

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

Drilling an entry hole through the underside of the bus. I used the metal hole saw for all these holes. All sharp edges filed and hole filled with foam insulation. The propane line will enter the bus in the kitchen cabinet.

 

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

Safety is number one priority when drilling above your head! This face shield was $3 at harbor freight.

 

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

Drilling entry hole inside the kitchen cabinet for the propane line

 

Installing Mr. Heater Buddy in bus conversion / tiny house

Connecting the propane line to the tank. I still need to drill holes and bolt don the tanks before moving the bus again.

 

Installing mr. heater Buddy

Line entering under the kitchen cabinet and exiting in front of the cabinet

 

Installing mr. heater Buddy

Hose and filter connected to Mr. Heater Buddy propane heater. There is enough slack to allow about 5 feet range of movement with the heater. The bus temp stays comfortable here in Oregon with the Heater set on low (6000 btu). A 20-pound propane tank last about 100 hours. I’ve got four propane tanks so that allows me to go about 16 days between refilling. The cheapest I’ve fund propane is $1.89 per pound. $2.39 per pound is what I’m currently paying. Heating the bus ends up costing between $2.50 and $3 per day

 

Installing mr. heater Buddy

I already had a smoke detector but add a propane/carbon monoxide detector. This unit as about $40 from Amazon. There is a battery back up 9 volt but the unit is intended to be plugged in. There is about a 10 foot long plung and cord that deploys from the back of the detector.

Diy Product Photography Studio in the Bus Conversion

I decided to put together a quick to deploy and compact product photography studio. This allows me to take photos for my own projects and my web design client’s projects.

And figured I would put this post together because product photography could make a good side hustle for someone living the digital nomad/tiny house kind of life. The whole set up doesn’t take up much space. You could start an account with a freelancer type site or make your own WordPress site and start promoting it.

Product photography equipment

The Rebel Eos t5 camera kit came with two lenses (EF-S 18-55mm IS II + EF 75-300mm). I also purchased an $80 Extension Tube for taking macro shots without having to purchase a $400 dedicated macro lens.

 

Product photography

There is a great kit on Amazon that is only $55. Includes 3 lights, 3 light stands, 2  light reflecting umbrellas, and a carry case for it all. You can make one kit work but I’ve recently purchased another.

 

 

Product photography

One of the three stands is shorter and doesn’t include an umbrella. I just use a piece of tissue paper to make a quick sort of lamp shade to diffuse the light.

 

 

 

 

Product photography

The roll of white butcher paper came from the craft store. Makes for an easy to deploy backdrop. The cell photo exposure doesn’t show how bright everything is. But I still needed a fourth light to balance everything out.

 

 

Product photography

I added a cheap work clamp light with an extra product photography light I ordered off Amazon. Taping cheap tissue paper over the lights gives you the light box effect. The 18-55mm worked fine for this particular size of product

 

 

Product photography studio in school bus tiny house

Gives you a better idea of how bright the lights are. This is the outside of the bus at night while all the product photography lights are on. Sunglasses would be a good idea…

 

 

Product photography

Happened to be photographing graduation cords this time. I made a template to make sure all 40+ images had the same alignment.

 

 

Product photography

This remote switch for the camera was only $11 or $12. This is supposed to prevent the camera from shaking as you take the shot.

 

 

Product photography

Final product after editing. Learning how to adjust the camera exposure setting was critical. The auto settings will dull down the light. Soon I’ll put together a post on adjusting the camera settings and editing the images. I still have a little more to learn first. But of course Google and YouTube make it easy to self educate.

 

Purchase list:

Canon T5 Camera kit with 2 lenses and carry case included.

Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio, LMS103

4 Extra 23 watt product photography lights

SMDV Remote Shutter Release Cable for Canon Digital Rebel T5i

Extension tube for macro shots

Cheap $7 aluminum work clamp light

Roll of white butcher paper from the craft store

Pack of tissue paper for diffusing light from bare bulbs.

Tripod from craigslist

 

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