Three Direct Heat Options For Your Hunting Cabin
If you own a hunting cabin that you only visit for a few weeks per year, you probably don't want to spend a fortune on a boiler or forced air heating system. However, you probably do want to be warm when you do stay in the cabin during the cooler months. Your best option, in most cases, is going to be installing some sort of direct heating system. (A direct heating system is one that releases heat directly into the space rather than circulating it through pipes or ducts.) Here's a look at three types of direct heating systems that work well in hunting cabins.
Electric Space Heaters
For a small, one-room cabin, all you need might be an electric space heater from the local home improvement store. You can find ones that will heat a whole 600 or 800-square foot space. You will, however, need to be very careful where you set a space heater this powerful since they can get quite hot. Position it far from anything flammable, whether that be curtains or bedding, and never run the space heater when you are not in the cabin. Make sure you have a good, working smoke detector in case anything happens when you're asleep. Electric space heaters are not terribly energy-efficient, but if you're truly only in the cabin a few days a year, that does not matter too much.
A Pellet Stove
Pellet stoves burn compressed wood pellets that you can purchase by the bag at most home improvement stores. While there are large pellet stoves that are designed to be integrated with ductwork or a boiler, there are also smaller, direct-heat models intended for cabins. A benefit of a pellet stove is that they are typically designed to be used when you're out of the home, so they are very safe. They generally come with thermostats, so you can set the temperature when you head out hunting and come home to a warm cabin. Pellet stoves are also a green choice since the pellets are made from wood waste products.
If you really want to go old-fashioned, you could have a fireplace and chimney built into your cabin. Make sure this is properly done by a professional so you are not at risk of having smoke and fumes build up in the home. You can't leave the fire going when you're out hunting, but it will be nice to sit in front of a warm fire when turn in for the evening. Plus, you can collect wood on your own land to burn.
For information about these and other heating systems you can install in your cabin, contact companies like High Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.