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

Installing mr. heater Buddy

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.