Since the amount of propane needed is far less in tiny houses than for a traditional sized home, propane is an ideal source of heat for tiny house dwellers. And also since a higher percentage of folks living in tiny houses have at least considered off the grid living. Propane solves a number of challenges associated with living off the grid, particularly heating your home. Even if you’re near an electric power source, propane is ideal simple because of it’s low price.
While propane isn’t free like the wood you can collect and chop yourself for heat, it can be an inexpensive heating solution for a tiny or small house. Unlike wood burning heat stoves, propane heaters are highly controllable and usually quite efficient. The most popular propane heaters used for tiny houses are made by Dickinson and are the ones used by The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. And for good reason. They are high-quality, look great and are vented to prevent low oxygen issues that are common to propane heaters.
The Newport propane heater by Dickinson being used inside a Tumbleweed Fencl. Photo © Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
There are other heaters out there that will do a nice job of heating your tiny or small house. Here are three that I believe would be ideal. Here here and here. While most modern propane heaters have a low oxygen cutoff switch, be sure to install a carbon monoxide sensor.
Once you have a propane heater, you need a container to hold your propane. To prevent having to frequently change your tank, using a 100 pound propane tank is a good idea. It’s also a good idea because most places charge less per pound when you refill larger tanks. Once your tank is empty, you simply take your tank to a store that refills them. U-Haul refills propane tanks and so do most barbecue equipment stores. After calling around and comparing prices, I found that (at least in my area) Costco offers the lowest refilling prices by a considerable margin.
While heating your tiny house isn’t the only method available, it’s certainly one worth considering. Have anything to add? Please share with us in the comments section.
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