Simple Fire

Camper

Not for permanent installation - temporary, emergency & camping use only.

EPA testing pending.

 WARNING – CAUTION

  

Camper Stove operates at extreme temperatures

 

In excess of 600 degrees !

 Severe burns can occur instantly.

 DO NOT TOUCH metal parts when operating.

Keep children away, it’s YOUR responsibility for their safety and yours !

Read all instructions before using.

 

Caution

Please read entire manual before using this wood burning stove. Keep children, furniture, fixtures, clothing, flammable liquids and other combustibles away from this stove. Supervise children in the same area or room as this unit. Inform adults and children to hazards of high temperatures produced by this stove.

Safety Notice

Failure to follow these instructions can result in property damage, bodily injury or even death. For your safety and protection follow the instructions outlined in this manual. Contact local building officials or fire officials about restrictions and inspections which may apply in your local area.

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DO NOT USE STATER FLUIDS SUCH AS CHARCOLE LIGHTER, GASOLINE OR ANY OTHER FLAMABLE LUQUIDS TO START A FIRE IN THIS, OR ANY OTHER, WOOD BURNING STOVE AS AN EXPLOSION MAY OCCUR.

INTRODUCTION.

Thank you for purchasing Simple Fire Camper ©. 

Seven months in development and testing the Simple Fire Camper is specifically designed for Temporary, emergency, camping and light cooking. Our intent is to provide you, the customer, with inexpensive heating when situations arise in which you may be faced with critical survival needs and outside support is not available. Extended power outages often occur when disasters, earth changes or other situations present themselves. Heating fuels, firewood, food, gasoline and other necessities may not come for weeks and could render that generator or other backup power useless. Put simply, you are on your own to stay alive and the Simple Fire Camper can assist you to do just that. Camper is one of the most fuel-efficient stoves on the market today. Using only leftover tree cuttings and other scrap woods Camper has average internal burn temperatures of over 600 degrees with output fan forced air around 150 degrees. Please take the time to become thoroughly familiar with your new stove, it will be worth the time spent. Most of all you will find the operation of Camper fascinating just as we have at Simple Fire.  

UNPACKING:

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Included in the box are:

1.                   Camper main body.

2.                   Stand.

3.                   6” x 24” outer tubing.

4.                   Temperature controlled fan assembly.

5.                   Four #10-24 pan head screws and washers.

6.                   Four adjustable feet.

ASSEMBLY:

CAUTION : Camper is made of steel components. Use care when handling.

Turn the main burn chamber upside down and install the stand assembly to the bottom on the main burn chamber with the four #10 – 24 pan head screws. Set stove upright and slide the 6” X 24” tubing on to the stove. The 6” tube will index on the lower intake and exhaust. Install the upper fan assembly into the 6” tube. Fan assembly is a snug fit to prevent vibration noise.

Caution: Always use a carbon monoxide detector when operating wood stoves.

SETUP:

Individual interior installation will vary depending on your particular need. Additional 3” galvanized water heater exhaust, elbows and cap must be purchased separately to fit the installation. If you live in normally windy areas a high wind cap can be used, see your local hardware supply store. It is not necessary to vent the exhaust through your roof. Wall exit out past the eves is sufficient. For additional fire safety, when installing through the wall use double wall water heater exhaust tubing.

Important:

Operational minimum exhaust flu length is 10 to a maximum of 16 feet. Exhaust flu must be mounted vertically (heat rises). Horizontal exhaust flu not to exceed 3 ft. Longer exhaust piping is not recommended as it effects the performance of the stove. Wrap exhaust flu joints with aluminum tape as needed. Do not install the exhaust flu within existing stovepipe or fireplace chimneys. Camper is designed to operate within certain limits, exceeding these limits may cause unexpected and possibly dangerous results. Side and wall clearance is 18” minimum. Ceramic tiles or bricks can be used as a floor base for the stove. 32” X 32” is minimum length and width. Adjust the feet on the stand as needed. 

STARTUP:

Plug in the fan to the closest 110 V. outlet. Do not operate the stove with fan unit installed without power. Heat will rise and cause the fan to overheat and fail. Camper start up requires a sequence to be followed to use correctly. The main Fire Chamber uses extreme heat for the fire to draft combustibles. Average time to reach full operating temperature of 600 degrees, or more, is approximately 15 - 20 minutes depending on ambient temperatures. Camper is green device, virtually and material can be used.

WARNING: DO NOT USE flammable or explosive liquids such as charcoal starter, gasoline, etc. for starting or during use.

            WOOD SOURCE:

NOTE: Best woods to use are well-dried hardwoods i.e.: oak, maple, etc. cedar and juniper also burn very well. Pines burn quickly and some pinewoods contain flammables such as turpentine, pitch, etc.

  1. Gather some newspaper or dried wild grass and small twigs which will light with little fire.

Wooded areas have fire starter materials, dried grass and small twigs are but one example.

Lower, dead tree branches are also a good source should the ground be wet or snow covered.

Scrap wood piles around construction sites may be also utilized. Scrap 2 X 4’s from construction work sites can be split into smaller pieces.

  1. In the Fire Chamber place a small amount of grass or newspaper and the twigs.
  2. Then add some small sticks about Ό” diameter. It is not necessary to ‘stuff’ the Fire Chamber but use enough materials to initiate a small fire.
  3. Next, close the top damper and open the bottom ash dump. Place a coffee can under the  ash dump to catch any material which may fall during starting. Through the ½” hole located at the front of the Fire Chamber light the fire using wood matches or butane charcoal lighter. Faster ignition can be accomplished using a small butane or propane torch.

NOTE: All wood stoves smoke on start up. This will diminish within 10 minutes as stove temp rises.

  1. It will take about 2 or 4 minutes for enough heat to start the Fire Chamber ‘draw’.
  2. Observe the fire by slightly opening the top damper. When the fire starts to draw into the secondary chamber close the ash dump door and open the top damper and add a little more wood.
  3. Once the fire is burning you can now add larger sticks of up to 1” in diameter and up to 16” in length. Adjust damper to maintain air draw. Burn temperature of about 600 deg. takes about 15 to 20 min. Camper  uses very little wood to achieve maximum heating. Excess wood use will not make more heat. With some trial and error you will get the hang of it and be amazed of how little wood is required for hours of heating.
  4. The internal thermo switch will automatically start the blower fan in 4 to 5 minutes.  The fan will cycle on and off such as found in residential forced air heating units.
  5. To help familiarize yourself with Camper operation you can purchase a magnetic stove thermometer to monitor temps. With the fan unit removed, place the thermometer on the top surface of the secondary burn chamber. Doing this will help you better understand the wood feeding during use.

 The Fire Chamber will accumulate red hot coals in 1 to 1-1/2 hours. This will fill the Fire Chamber with about 1” of coals. At this time do not place more wood in the Fire Chamber. The coals will maintain heat of about 400 degrees for up to 2 hours. You can now place your coffee can under the ash dump and open the door to dump ash and close the top damper. This is done to allow air into the bottom of the coals to maintain high temperature. When some of the coals have burned down you can then add wood if more heating is desired.  

SHUT DOWN:

Camper will continue to produce heat for approximately 2 hours after ALL coals are burned. During this time heat temperature will diminish until cold. Allow time for cool down if you are moving Camper stove for any reason.

CLEANING:

Due to the air draw created in the main Fire Chamber some ash will accumulate in the secondary chamber. When the stove  has cooled overnight the small amount of ash can be vacuumed from the Fire Chamber. Check exhaust pipe periodically for any build up. Clean with soap and water as needed. With the extreme heat Camper produces it does not accumulate normal creosols found in conventional wood burning stoves. Camper produces complete combustion efficiency of approximately 90% as compared to conventional wood stoves at 30% to 60%. This translates into the majority of heat being produced into useable heat and not heat which goes out the exhaust.

AIR FILTER:

Replacement part no.: Mr. Gasket # 1485A or equivalent.

NOTE: Filter is a standard 6” X 2” automotive air filter available at most auto parts stores.

PAINT: Rutland Hi Temp. stove paint.

EMERGENCY use:

In the event of power loss or grid failure the Camper can be operated without the fan unit.

Remove fan unit and 6” tubing for radiant heating. Burn wood fuel load less than normal.

CAUTION. With the fan unit and 6” tubing removed the secondary Burn Chamber can reach over 800 deg. F. burn temps. DO NOT add excessive wood load ! More wood is unnecessary and does not mean more heat.

OPTION:

The fan unit uses 37 watts of power. A small 150 W. inverter and 20 to 30 amp 12 V. battery will power the fan for several days before needing recharging.

DISCLAIMER:

Simple Fire can not control the use of and accepts no responsibility in the event of any property damage or injury occurs to users of the products, or installers of the products. Product descriptions provided are, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of sale, publication or web page creation. Due to the continual product development, the actual product shipped may differ in specifications. Please use the manufacturer's specifications and instructions when using and installing products.