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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-05-2019, 10:43 PM
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With having a propane fired furnace I would have no problem leaving it on while gone for a week or 2. My home is heated via propane and when I go to camp for a week I come home to a warm house after I’m gone.
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Once the temps reach freezing degrees I always shut down the well and drain the system out every time I leave. A $2.00 bottle of RV anti freeze in the traps is much better than soldering pipes 10:00 at night. Out in the boonies you never know when the power may go out.
As for the electric heat, if I leave and plan on coming back in a day or two, I'll leave a thermostat on the low setting just to keep the bitter chill out of the cabin. Otherwise I'll just shut everything down until I return.
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Thanks everyone!

I would feel most “safe” leaving the propane on but feel like that is more expensive and wasteful compared to some electric heaters even though it probably is more efficient lol. I don’t have electric baseboard today but that is a good idea for the future. What about leaving either an electric oil heater or small plug in “office” style heater?
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Once the temps reach freezing degrees I always shut down the well and drain the system out every time I leave. A $2.00 bottle of RV anti freeze in the traps is much better than soldering pipes 10:00 at night.
I do the same thing. I am gradually replacing the copper lines with pex. No soldering and it will not split if frozen.

BTW pex is much easier to work with at "10:00 at night".
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lol, my friends camp run an extension cord to the outhouse and have a small space heater that they plug in at the camp. takes some planning, you plan ahead and plug it in before you drink your coffee if you know what I mean.

We have done this many times.
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lol, my friends camp run an extension cord to the outhouse and have a small space heater that they plug in at the camp. takes some planning, you plan ahead and plug it in before you drink your coffee if you know what I mean.
When we had to put ours over the holding tank they used all leftovers...insulation, paneling, suspended ceiling, electric lights and an outlet...small electric heater plugged into it too!

first one up turns on the porch light and starts the heater...

Middle of the night 'rush' trips can still be frosty depending on the outside temp
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I would not want to use a small "office" style space heater unattended, but that's just me. They're meant for supplemental heat, not a stand alone source. High risk of overheating wires.

I would just suck it up and run the propane on a low setting. I have electric baseboard in my house and it's expensive(I supplement with wood), let alone a poorly insulated cabin.

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I have convinced myself to leave the propane heaters running and set the T stat around 45.
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Whatever way ya decide to do it, Propane, Electric? depending on the time it will be Costly.
No getting around it.
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First man up, usually me.
1) light burner under coffee pot.
2) light propane heater in outhouse
3) fix fire in wood stove, if no one else has
4) start rattling, banging pots and pans in a loud way to get everyone else up

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