This just in: I got that forest block! Finally, some real estate success, and a place to plant the tiny house while I get everything in order for building the main house. Being one step closer towards living in a standard building is exciting, in a way. Don’t get me wrong – I love the tiny house – but I’ll be darned if it’s not colder than a well-digger’s left foot in that thing.
The main house won’t be finished by winter, obviously. The cold season is already well and truly underway, so the project more than likely won’t even get off the ground until spring. There’s stuff that needs doing to the block first, anyway. Given that, along with the fact that I plan to hold onto the tiny house as guest quarters, I might as well invest in a high quality heating system for it.
The thing is, such a small space can pose a bit of a challenge in terms of getting optimum efficiency from a heating system. Conventional central heating, you see, would produce too much heat, as would a big wood burner. Then you’d end up having to open all the windows to let the excess heat out, which seems inefficient.
So I’ve narrowed my options down to either a small wood burner designed for heat, or a small gas stove heater. Installing gas heating in Melbourne proper, at least – would seem to be the more straightforward option (no chimney required). On the other hand, seeing as I’m essentially going to be out in the forest, found wood might be easier to source… and who doesn’t love a fire?
This all reminds me that I told my dad I’d call up a heating repair guy for him. I don’t actually know who to call, though – anyone got a go-to for a quality ducted heating service near Melbourne?
Anyway, my winter’s shaping up to be an exciting one. I want to make sure it’s a comfortable temperature in the tiny house so that I can plan my attack on the main house build undistracted by the shivers.