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Job loss is helping reinforce a nagging desire to live off the grid. I'm trying to figure out just how I want to convert my E250 Cargo Van for that purpose. I wondered whether styrofoam peanuts would make good insulation for the space between the skeleton and the outer skin. I went in search of peanuts and found discarded three huge bags of cotton that had been used as snow around a mall Christmas tree. Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. The question I have for this forum - my first question for the forum, in fact, since I have just registered moments ago, thank you and hello - is this: 1) how well does cotton perform as insulation?, and 2) do styrofoam peanuts work better?

(I accidently posted this message on the "Read This First" forum. Can somebody tell me how to move or delete it?)
Cotton absorbs and holds moisture. Not a good thing for your van walls.

Peanuts, there are two different kinds... 1) biodegradable kind will dissolve when wet 2) regular Styrofoam peanuts. solid Styrofoam would work better than peanuts.

Just MHO.
I'd go for the 4X8 sheets. 3/4" -1" are easy to handle/cut.
I'd want at least 2 layers all over, maybe 3 on the ceiling.
Hey there Peck! (didja ever see the movie "Willow"??) Big Grin

I'm guessing that you're wanting to do this insulating on the super cheap, or free if possible...then styrofoam is the way to go.

If you don't wanna spend the bread to get sheets of it, then go to an appliance store and ask them for any you can get free...and I'm betting they'll load you up! (maybe go to several stores if necessary.)

Do you ever play Tetris on your computer?? Well get an old breadknife at Goodwill and hack up this styrofoam into a big jigsawpuzzle and line the walls with that! Should work just dandy!!

Take a look at Caleb's boxvan he just did...look for Uhaul Super Stealth-Box in the Conversions & modifications column on here.....post #36

He got his foam from an old dock project his dad did, but you get the basic idea.
Patrick,
That is such an absolutely excellent idea! I'm off to Home Depot!

I'm also thinking that black trashbags might work as a vapor barrier between the metal and the styrofoam. Ya think?

PS - Who did you ask to get your Post Freak name changed to Visionary? Or is there a way to do it yourself?

Thanks. M.A.
(12-11-2013, 01:38 PM)angeli Wrote: [ -> ]PS - Who did you ask to get your Post Freak name changed to Visionary? Or is there a way to do it yourself?

Thanks. M.A.

I found it on user control panel under edit profile on the right side.
Yeah, I found it. Now feeling like a complete dimwit.
(12-11-2013, 03:17 PM)angeli Wrote: [ -> ]Yeah, I found it. Now feeling like a complete dimwit.

Nahhhh....that ain't worthy of that extreme of an emotion.


but now, if you've just made it about 5 miles outta town, and you've run out of gas...but you were just at the only gas station in town that was still open on this cold Sunday evening, buying a candybar and a soda, and did NOT fill up your rig with gas...and you walk all the way back into town only to find out that the station closes at 10:00pm, and it's now 10:20...

....THEN you can qualify yourself as a DIMWIT!!! Tongue
(12-11-2013, 01:38 PM)angeli Wrote: [ -> ]Patrick,
That is such an absolutely excellent idea! I'm off to Home Depot!

I'm also thinking that black trashbags might work as a vapor barrier between the metal and the styrofoam. Ya think?

PS - Who did you ask to get your Post Freak name changed to Visionary? Or is there a way to do it yourself?

Thanks. M.A.

They might, but painters plastic sheeting is absolutely dirt cheap, cheaper than garbage bags and enough tape to tape up all the garbage bag seams. For a few pennies more than the ultra thin drop sheets, you could get a good quality plastic that will do the job perfectly!(13$ http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-3-ft-x-.../100651780# )
Use adhesive formulated to glue foamboard (will say it in fairly large letters on the tube). Use a good tape (like the "metal" tape or Gorilla Glue duct tape) to seal all seams to prevent air movement (what insulation does in order to insulate).
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