Lately I've seen reports from a few folks who are underwhelmed by the heating power of Dickinson's small stainless steel heaters. I thought I'd call your attention to an attractive alternative made by Woodstock Soapstone Company of West Lebanon, New Hampshire. I should say at the outset though that it ain't cheap, and while it is small, I'm sure that the Dickinson boat heaters are lighter. I'm not endorsing any of these heaters, but for me the model pictured directly below is more up my aesthetic sensibility alley than the Dickinson models.
|Photo credit: Woodstock Soapstone Company|
If you look at the photo of it above without any context, it looks like it could be four feet tall. The photo below provides the context to appreciate just how tiny this fireplace really is.
|Photo Credit: Woodstock Soapstone Company|
|Image credit: Woodstock Soapstone Company|
|Photo credit: Dickinson Marine|
The Mini Franklin has a more traditional appearance. It's pretty small at 14.5"w x 17"h x 14.5"d, but that's still significantly larger than either Dickinson model, especially depth-wise. Its stated BTU output range is from 5,740 to 8,200 per hour. Woodstock claims it will heat spaces up to as much as 450 sq. ft. It doesn't have a blower, but like the Dickinson models it too is direct venting and therefore it won't adversely affect indoor air quality or create drafts by pulling replacement air in from around the edges of doors and windows. I don't know how to reconcile Woodstock's claim of heating a larger area with fewer BTUs than that of the Dickinson P-12000, especially given that the Woodstock model doesn't have a blower, but maybe one of my astute readers can answer that question in the comments below.
One other thing about the Mini Franklin, it's available in 5 colors: black, blue, grey, brown, and charcoal.
Not sure how many square feet your tiny dream home has? It's an easy calculation if your floor plan is rectangular. Multiply the outside length of the building by its outside width. For example if your tiny home is 8'-0" x 20'-0" then you have a 160 sq. ft. home (lofts and porches don't count because porches aren't conditioned spaces and lofts in tiny homes are often tough to sit up in, let alone stand up in). I know that I count the walls, which aren't useable space, but that's how I do it. If you want to be stickler about it then measure the overall inside length and width and multiply them instead.
The most recent prices I found for the three propane heaters are...
Mini Franklin $1,149.00
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