Ethan Waldman blogger and tiny house builder over at The Tiny House and author of the ebook Tiny House Decisions says he often gets the question on what is the best way to heat a tiny house? Ethan decided to do some major research as he needed to know the answer himself for his own tiny house. Ethan put together a post over on his blog that really goes into all the details and also made a YouTube video to explain it even more.
Here is an outline of what he came up with:
Step 1: Work Out How Powerful your Heater Needs to Be
Step 2: Avoid Vent-Free Heaters
Step 3: Check out the Clearance
Step 4: Check that the Heater Is Thermostatically Controlled
Step 5: Read the Manual
Step 6: Find Pictures of an Installed Unit
In summary you need to do the following:
- Calculate how many Btus you’ll need your heater to provide.
- Stay away from vent-free propane heaters.
- Check that the clearances will work for your tiny house.
- Find out whether or not the heater can be run on a thermostat.
- Find out what kind of venting the heater requires.
- Check out what the heater looks like when it’s been installed.
- Work out whether the heater will have to go through the wall or ceiling of your tiny house.
Here is the video:
Be sure and check out Ethan’s ebook Tiny House Decisions if you are considering building a tiny house. It will help you make the right decisions as you plan your own home.