One of the more interesting aspects to this trailer project is running into a reality that challenges my assumptions and forces a course change – requiring that I innovate. To wit, central heating. If you have been paying attention you know that Sparta came equipped with a really large Coleman Model 710 furnace (like 42,000+ btu’s) which provided, in its day, ample heat through an extensive ducting system with SIX registers. That’s a lot of heat and is yet another example of Spartan Aircraft Company’s tendency to over-engineer things. But, in the interest of authenticity I had originally decided to stick with a furnace. That is, until this: Yes, I probably should have anticipated that my 21 gallon water tanks would not squeeze between the ducting and the belly skin. Silly me. So, the ducting had to come out.
The decision to abandon central heat was not a hard one. Since I will be boon-docking in the mountains where wood is plentiful (and city ordinances restricting wood-fired heat unlikely), I saw the duct problem as an opportunity to abandon Sparta’s original heating system in favor of the charm and abundance of wood-based fuel. In a matter of minutes a decision was made and my favorite implement of destruction (a reciprocating saw) laid waste to the ducting. So, instead of a drab looking furnace hidden in a closet, I will have this:
Pictured left is actually a pellet stove which may be a more environmentally responsible choice. We’ll see.
More later. Time to shovel shit in pursuit of farm-to-table cuisine.