So, you may not spend a whole lot of time in the cabin when you are out hunting this fall, but you still want it to be toasty when you come in from field and forest. If you only have a tiny space heater to keep the cabin warm, then maybe you should consider something a bit more powerful for the colder years when winter arrives before hunting season is over. Here are four options that will definitely keep your hunting cabin cozy.
Corn Pellet Stove
Corn pellets—who knew? These stoves can easily heat the entire cabin with just a few cups of pellets. After the pellets are fed into the stove through a side hopper, they burn up. The smoke goes out of a smoke stack through the side of the cabin or the roof. You can get the stove going when you come in from hunting, and the few cups of pellets will keep the cabin warm all night long. Because the pellets burn up, there is no fire to put out the next morning before you leave either.
Wood Pellet Stove
If you do not want to leave corn pellets laying about the cabin after hunting season (and let's face it, raccoons and mice would definitely love you for it!), then you can invest in a wood pellet stove. Wood pellets are super-compressed wood that expand in the stove once they hit the flames and heat. They do an equally good job as the corn pellets, but are less biodegradable than the corn pellets. Still, if your option is freezing all night or being toasty warm, you are probably going to choose the stove and pellets.
Electric Furnace Powered by a Generator
You can put an electric furnace in the cabin. It will have to be powered by a generator, but if you already use the generator for electricity and lighting in the cabin, why not the furnace, too? Just be aware that the furnace is probably going to require a lot more power than just lights, so you may need an extra generator just for the furnace.
Not all hunting cabins have a fireplace. If yours does not have a fireplace, consider the upgrade a summer project. You can have a fireplace installed centrally, in the corner, or on a side wall in the cabin. Just remember to put the flames out before you walk out the door to hunt in the morning.
For more information on any of these heating systems, contact an HVAC professional in your area.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.