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Year Round Camp Heat?

We currently do not keep our camp heated when we are not there. We have a wood stove and coal stove, but are considering upgrading to a heat source to be able to keep some warmth in the place all winter. How many of you guys keep heat in your camp all year? If so what temperature? What type of heat?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-08-2020, 11:01 AM
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year round camp heat

I use propane gas log fireplace set at 55 degrees. uses propane and battery to operate. no electricity and works great no matter how cold it gets and we are in 2G area. been using this for past 3 years with no problems.
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What is your camp’s approximate square footage and how much propane do you got through?
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We use electric heat in all the rooms that have water in them to prevent freezing. We keep it around 55 though. As for propane, just a small warning you will need to keep the camp vented. Propane heat creates moisture, even the ventless models. My buddy found out the hardware when mildew started forming on the ceilings after years of keeping the camp closed and not vented.
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we have both a wood stove and electric heat. In the winter dad leaves the electric heat on low . when we get there and gets the fire going and then turns off electric heat , when we leave turns it back on. Turns it off in May until late September. he keeps it just enough heat to keep it warm inside. We drain our water to prevent freezing if we loose power.
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I heat with a propane wall unit and it runs from October 1st to May 1st. I also have baseboard heat that we rarely use because of the expense. I do not drain my lines because we will use the camp in the winter after deer season. When I used the baseboard heat only I was always worried about a power failure and the lines freezing , we also have a wood/coal burner for when we are there . Propane is not cheap but it still runs if the power goes out. I had the propane company put me on a budget plan that makes it more manageable cost wise and a monthly don't skip fill order .
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Camp is only open from April till Dec. i set the main furnace at 50 to keep the pipes from freezing. When at camp we turn on the wall heater and fire up the pellet stove when needed. For 9 months I use 25 bags of pellets and 170 gal. of propane. We pay around $1.30 gal for propane and 5 bucks a bag on pellets
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I shut everything off when I leave my ranch house and just open up the water line in my basement where a washer and dryer would go and then flush all the toilets and Than pour a couple of ounces of RV antifreeze In them. Never had a problem thank God since 2010 when I bought the house.

Also, forgot I flip the breaker off for the Electric hot water tank & water pump

When I arrive in the winter I turn on all my heat sources (Oil heat, propane fire place and electric heat) and then go to town to get something to eat and get supplies. By the time I return house is warm and comfortable enough to enjoy some cocktails

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I do the same as Joe. I have oil and electric baseboard in addition to the woodburner. I have left the oil on when I know I'm going to return in a week or two but our power goes out frequently and it is a concern. No power no oil or electric heat.

I have more piece of mine shutting everything down and knowing I won't have a problem when I return.

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I go to camp every week, for a couple days, year around. When Iím there I use two wood burners. When I leave, I turn on a couple Electric baseboard heaters. Keeps camp around 53 degrees. I have a monitor there that sends me the temperature every hour to my computer.
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