How to choose a Tiny House Heater

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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.

Go here to read the complete post.

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.

HGTV Tiny House Hunters and Tiny House, Big Living Casting

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Are you looking for or about to buy a tiny house – 500 square feet or smaller? If so, the producers of HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” is currently casting for people buying tiny homes to feature on upcoming episodes. Energetic, fun and enthusiastic tiny house home buyers interested in being on House Hunters should email smallhouses@pietown.tv.

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Tiny House, Big Living Now Casting on HGTV

Tiny House, Big Living, a new HGTV series, is looking for couples, families and singles (w/sidekicks) who are leaving behind their conventional lives to build and live in a tiny house! We are seeking people who are just beginning or have recently begun building their tiny house project.

The series is looking for enthusiastic, fun-loving folks who are open to sharing their downsizing adventure with HGTV and their audience!

We will spotlight builders who are customizing their homes to fit their unique personalities–from custom furniture to custom layouts–making the most of downsizing their living space! We are looking for tiny homes that stand out! Are you using all salvaged materials? Are you hiring a professional architect or designing as you go?
Whether you’re building a tiny house to nuke the mortgage, travel the country or minimize your carbon footprint, however you (and your tiny house) roll….we’d love to hear from you! Production begins late winter/early spring of 2015.

For more information please contact: whayes@orionentertainment.com or go to: http://thbl.orionentertainment.com/

Connecting Propane To Your Tiny House

Propane. Can’t live with it. Can’t stop talking about it. I like to call it the “friendly flammable.” But what is it exactly?

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WHAT IS PROPANE?

Also known as liquid petroleum gas, LP-gas, and LPG, propane is produced in roughly equal amounts from both natural gas and crude oil sources.  Propane is nontoxic, colorless, and odorless.

(WARNING: technical talk coming) To make propane from crude oil, the oil is separated at a refinery using a fractioning tower.  It is refined into different levels of purity depending on what height of the fractioning tower the propane is pulled from.  The higher the point on the fractioning tower, the higher the purity, or quality, of the propane.

According to the US Department of Energy, the southern states sell propane with more butane, which is at a lower cut point, in the fractionating tower.  In the colder states, the propane sold is from a higher crack that is more pure. All of this to truly say that if you are taking your tiny house from a warmer climate to a colder climate you should either use up your propane before reaching cooler weather or simply exchange your tank at the new climate center. However, the quality of colder weather propane is better, so if you are toting propane from cooler to warmer climates you should be okay.  Rule of thumb: use propane from the climate you are in.

The use of propane is one that can all at once seem like common sense and like rocket science. It has been used by campers for years. However, it is relatively new to the tiny house community since the modern tiny house movement itself is rather new. If you consider the use of LP-gas for sticks ‘n bricks though it only makes sense. Propane keeps water hot, it makes stove burners blaze, and it allows furnace air to be toasty. Put those items on the road and you have a need for a system both new and old. But before going into those areas it is most important to know how to hook your propane tanks up in the first place. The process can be scary for some and even a bit perplexing.

In the next three minutes or so I hope to show you how easy hooking up a propane tank to your tiny house or recreation vehicle can be and even how safe it can be. Just click on the standard YouTube play button on the screenshot below. When you’re finished watching be sure to subscribe to the Tiny r(E)volution YouTube channel.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

Note: “What Is Propane” section paraphrased from Ask The Expert.