Friday, February 26, 2016

Tiny house update: Suplemental heating for tiny spaces!!

     In this post, we will be discussing one of our alternative heating solutions for tiny spaces. Any one who decides to take the leap of faith and go tiny, especially in an area that actually gets cold, will find the the main concern is HEATING!! Beyond any construction, insulation, or furnishing, first comes finding ways to stay warm while your doing everything else. Now, Charles and I have already discussed the Mr. Heater buddy heater Here and how we use an oil radiator in This video. Today, Charles will show us the Denatured alcohol burning fireplace, which we have found to be an often over-looked option. Please take a moment to watch his video...

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Alcohol burning fireplaces come in many varieties, sizes, and designs. TAKE IN TO CONSIDERATION THERE IS MUCH CONTROVERSY OVER THE SAFETY OF VENTLESS APPLIANCES.  You can purchase a full kit that includes the fireplace insert, ceramic logs, and a housing that is made to look exactly like a fire place. you can also purchase the inserts alone.
     The technology used in these fireplaces is actually quite simple. All it really is is a container with wicking material that absorbs the denatured alcohol and allows it to burn slowly, lasting a long time once lit.
     For our purposes, we decided just to use the insert and house it in a chiminea. Since the chiminea is ceramic, it heats up and its design pushes the heat out of the top. It actually works pretty well to heat up a small space or even our living room in our big tiny house. Not only is this a great way to have heating off the grid, but it provides a romantic ambiance to any setting! so, if you haven't yet, click the video above to have Charles walk you through step by step how to use this awesome contraption!

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