Our heat-seeking mission

JC: It’s January in the Northeast, and we are thinking of how to heat our tiny home. With snow on the ground and a serious nip in the air, imagining our life in this (now cold) steel house has opened the doors of choice once again. What’s the best way to make our future nest nice and cozy?

This weekend, we worked on placing Tite Seal window flashing along all the seams of the outside wall in order to insulate it the best we can before placing the cedar facade. That involved using a flashing tape backed with a rubberized layer. Using a heat gun, we warmed the metal to soften and spread the tape which doesn’t really adhere very well when it’s 40 degrees F outside.

So, once we finish up the outside of the tiny house, let’s look at our heating choices for the inside:

Solar: Being interested in saving our environment, this is my natural favorite. And wouldn’t it be nice to have all our electricity off the grid? The big questions remain: Are solar panels too bulky for our sloped roof? Where would we put the batteries? Can we afford it (would it pay off in the long run)?

This kit costs around $4,000

Gas: Propane tanks are easily available at any gas station. My idea is a marine heater, possibly a Newport P9000 by Dickinson Marine, which can go for 150 hours on one 20 lb. tank.

Just $730 at Fisheries Supply

It’s beautiful, small, and efficient. And with the same kind of metal shine as our Tiny House O’Steel!

Wood: Romantic. Cosy. This is our daughter’s favorite. But I can’t imagine what it would be like with everything smelling like smoke. And there’s finding the fuel – depending of where we find ourselves, there won’t always be a tree to burn.

Around $200 at ACE Hardware

As often happens in our relationship when one of us can’t make a decision, I may just have to leave this one up to my partner!

By the way, one step closer to staying warm: JM’s got his new Carhartt suit, as promised. Nobody said it was easy to get in and out of though…



6 thoughts on “Our heat-seeking mission

  1. Not only are you making progress by leaps and bounds, but your Tiny House of Steel becomes more your own every day, and more and more adorably so every day (sorry if that’s pushing the edge of the envelope, so to speak).

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  2. Hey Jean-Marc!, what a coincidence; I’m a tiny house trailer owner who was exploring Quonset hut house-building through Steelmaster when I happened upon your blog! What’s more, my trailer is of the same dimensions as yours. First just allow me to say, I just love your house and how ingenious your idea is in terms of being lightweight as well as simpler to build (I hope!) than a standard stick-built tiny home. I currently live in Maine (similarly cold) and look forward to a potential Spring Tiny Quonset House build. Could you perhaps tell me what it cost to obtain the Steelmaster materials? Additional advice? I’m really fascinated by what you’re doing and would love to be able to do the same thing! Thanks very much!


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