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Camp Heating Source!!

Hoping to be in my new camp before hunting season. 450 sq.ft open ceiling concept. Question is: can I successfully heat this space with one (1) electric wall heater? I currently use fuel oil, but want to eliminate the fuel oil. Wood is out...I'm getting to old to worry about wood. So electric wall heater or base board heating is what I'm looking at. I might opt for a ventless propane heater in the event of a power outage. Thoughts? Suggestions. Thanks

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The first thing I would do is install a ceiling fan to circulate the air and bring the heat downward. Before investing in any permanent fixture, try using small ceramic 110V portable heaters. You might need to have 3 or 4 on hand but only use what you need depending on how cold it gets. I had a 960 sq. ft camp with regular ceilings and a basement. I installed a forced air furnace and a low temperature thermostat so I cold keep air moving when I wasn't there without wasting a lot of electricity. I found that during hunting season one ceramic heater in the living room, and one in the bedroom was more than I needed to keep it around 70 degrees. Give it a try with just two of them in the fall and see how they work for you. Also, during the summer months I would put a box fan on a timer along with a dehumidifier 3 hours per day to keep it free of musty odors. My camp was also new and with these inexpensive units it still smelled like new when I sold it last year after 4 years of use.

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My Sullivan County camp is appox 520 sq ft(uninsulated) and I have a LP ventless Comfort Glow 30K BTU wall mounted heater<span style="font-weight: bold">(like below) </span>& it does an oustanding job!! Plus throws a decent amount of light if elec power fails in addition to reliable heat..electric power or no power. My area winter storms frequently knock out elec power. I have an outside 420 LB(100 gal) tank and in average use during entire hunting & ice fishing season(ave 50-60 days of use) only ever use approx 1/2- 3/4 pending winter temp range. Also have gas range hooked to propane tank.

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My buddy has a 16x32 camp in VW and we only use a wall mounted propane heater ,it is one large room and we are there on Thanksgiving week........
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I use two of the heaters loggy has in my cabin in potter, it was built in the 40s with no insulation and once the cabin gets to proper temp we can run them pretty low and keep it nice and warm .Also agree with the loose of power if you loose power you can light it with a match if needed, I wouldn't count one hundred percent on electric heat I would want some kind of back up.
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We use the same, except Nat Gas.

I also think, like stated above, the Pelonis heaters might be an idea before anything permanent is done. $20 per heater, hard to beat.



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If you go with electric baseboard heat you use a formula of ten watts of heat per sq foot of space your trying to heat so you will need 4500 watts of heat but if you have old windows and other areas of heat loss you will need more
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I think that what ever you do won't be cheap but consider a backup.I heat primarily with wood which you're not interested in but if the small heaters I have in the bedrooms don't have power I put another log on the fire.
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We are thinking about a camp without a woodstove, using one section of electric baseboard that will be thermostatically controlled to satisfy the insurance company's requirement for thermostatically controlled heat source. The guys wanted to avoid a woodstove since that was what burned down the other camp. I'm afraid that a gas heater such as what Loggy suggested would also be out for that reason.

Camp without a woodstove for heating is just not the same to me. There is just something about burning wood that appeals to me, and we have plenty of it on the property for just a bit of work. I'm going to work on the guys a bit on this one.
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Mutt...most are thermostatically controlled plus all kinda safety features built-in.

I had my LP supplier install plus they safety recertified when I exchanged my older tank out last year.

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