Need ideas for small (10x10) cabin heat

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  1. thegriffiths

    thegriffiths Well-Known Member

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    I have a small 10 x 10 "cabin" that I would like to heat, preferably with wood. All the small fireplaces I see are still too big for this room or way to high priced.

    Any ideas for converting something else into a woodstove or somewhere I can get a woodstove that small, cheaply would be great!
     
  2. BellsBunnies

    BellsBunnies Well-Known Member

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    How about one of the stoves that is placed outside and the heat piped in?
     

  3. Cara

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    What about a tiny little potbelly? I've seen then down to about as big around as a 5 gallon bucket.
     
  4. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    10 feet by 10 feet! We call those ice-fishing shanties!

    Do a google search on "icefishing house heaters". They do make woodburning icefishing house heaters.
     
  5. Lizza

    Lizza Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Has anyone used those Little Buddy indoor propane heaters? I was wondering if that would work for our small room.
     
  6. arbutus

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    A blue flame heater, Mr Buddy heater (get a model rated for indoor use or you will die), or

    one of these
     
  7. Windy in Kansas

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    There is a book that thorougly describes how to build your own woodburning stove. The author has made them out of 5 gallon square cans and little of everything else. He talks about smoke shelf, etc.

    If you would be comfortable trusting your life and cabin to a homemade unit ask a library to Inter-Library Loan it to you.

    Sorry but I don't remember the name. THey might search by subject to learn of it.
     
  8. comfortablynumb

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    a cheap potbelly will do the deed for you well, it can burn either coal or wood. you are heating a small area and a potbelly design keeps the fire in a "cone" with the coals on the bottom where the air enters thru the grate.

    you can set these to burn very slowly or very fast.

    plus you have one cooking top.

    or find an old warm morning 520, they are nice potbelly type stoves.
     
  9. Mountaineer

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    Stay clear of anything propane. They aren't called 'hippy killers' for nothing. One day you WILL forget to crack a window before bed.
     
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    Try googling "Sardine" stoves. They are very small & are used on boats.
     
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    northern tools or tractor supply used to have small wood stoves for under $125.00. Or trt harborfrieght.com
    Tamsam
     
  13. FrankTheTank

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    Try cabelas too. They have ones that can be used in there hunting tents...
     
  14. susieM

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    With a cabin of that size, all you might need, if it's well insulated, is the heat from a lightbulb and a pair of woolley socks. And maybe some soup, or the heat from cooking the soup.
     
  15. Alice In TX/MO

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    Be careful and make sure you have a hearth to protect the walls and floor near the stove. Also be very cautious about carbon monoxide.
     
  16. WisJim

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    I agree with susieM, insulation will do most of the job. If you want a propane heater, something like a Cozy Wall Furnace might be worth checking into. It vents out the wall and brings in combustion air through the wall, so no carbon monoxide or other combustion products are in the building. It would be hard to find a small enough wood stove for a 10 x 10 space.

    http://www.backwoodssolar.com/Catalogpages2/non-elec2.htm#COZY (brand) WALL VENT HEATERS
     
  17. Bret

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    "My kingdom for a 10 x 10 cabin."--Bret


    I bought the smallest box stove at TSC for $125 a few seasons ago to put in a tarp tent for deer season. It was just too heavy to move around. It would be OK for your cabin in a fixed location.

    Have fun.
     
  18. Terri

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    If you have electricity, perhaps an electric space heater? If the electricity is reliable?
     
  19. Steve L.

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    I've got a very small (~ 9" across) 'round oak' type stove in my 8 X 12 cabin. I bought it at an auction years ago for around $5. It's just about the right size (i.e. on below zero nights, it's tough to stay warm). I have to feed it about once every hour and a half, so it can be kinda cold when I wake up some mornings.

    I have it enclosed on 3 sides by bricks and solid concrete blocks for thermal mass. It works ok for my needs.

    The whole setup occupies 4 or 5 square feet of floor space (2' X 2 to 2.5').
     
  20. 4PIGS

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    This is a new thing to me, but it looks like a great stove.
    I seriously thought this meant to have 2 dogs to keep you warm.
    Wouldn't a great big furry bear do the trick too?
    We heat with propane and kepp cozy all winter.