The Scout Wood Stove by Cylinder Stoves has done an amazing job keeping me toasty, sometimes too much! At 9 x 18", you can fit good size pieces of wood and it cranks out heat so good that on a 20 deg day outside, I'm in shorts on the inside. This unit was installed in my home when I bought it and has been a huge comfort and money safer! Recently, I found a video of its install by the previous owners.
Working with a wood stove requires great gloves. After not using gloves for ever, then inadvertently buying a pair of gloves to chop wood in the cold with, the Tillman 1450 gloves have proven to be excellent for placing wood in a burning fire to preparing it outside in the snow.
To take the chill off in the mornings or while getting the fire going, the Mr Buddy Portable Heater is great choice for a primary or backup heat source. A couple of reviews say that the unit can get stuck on the high setting, however on the low setting, it puts out 4000 BTU which is plenty for my home, plus running it at 9000 BTU will get very expensive quickly. There is an attachment you can buy to adopt a 20LB grill tank which will last about a week using 6hrs/day max. You can use this unit indoors, I kept it on over many nights and lived!
Fans help a lot to circulate the hot air. The Endless Breeze by Fan-tastic has been a nice upgrade to my interior! It runs on DC and only draws 1.2-2.6 amps powering 12" of fan area. The name does not lie.
Having a wood stove is a huge money saver if you gather and process your own wood. Since going tiny and using wood as my primary heat, I have acquired 2 axes and 2 saws to help me.
The Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe, which I discovered while research top brands is hand made in Sweden, perfectly balanced, sharp enough to shave with and worth every dollar you pay for one. Great for felling and limbing small trees and splitting for kindle.
The Fiskars X17 works well for splitting small logs, like 6-8" diameter or less. It has a super sharp blade out box which has retained that edge through one winter.
The Gerber Gator Saw was originally bought for camping, but is super compact, has a nice rubber grip, comes with two saws and cuts wood like butter! I've had it for years and have never really noticed a difference in it's performance ever.
The last saw your standard carpenter saw, attained before last winter at a thrift store for $2; works well on 4-6" diameter limbs.
My brother gave me a Victorinox SwissTool at least ten years back and at that time, I didn't see it's invaluable value. This multi-tool is the highest quality I've ever used. The blades do not dull and there is absolutely no play in the lock after years of moderately consistent use.
Before my first winter, I drained my water lines to avoid freezing and breaking the pipes. In this process, I started using seven gallon jugs by Reliance. They have a nice functioning spout and fit well in my place.
This spring I ran across this nifty 11 liter portable camp shower, the Helio Pressure Shower is awesome for rinsing dishes and quick hair showers that is durable enough to withstand freezing tempatures! ECOS is a wonderful eco-friendly soap line I have been using for my dishes and laundry.
Comfort was key so keeping my queen sized bed was essential. Even though I don't actually sleep on that queen bed, the one that came with my MV is quite comfy. If you're looking for tips on making the move to living tiny or are already living in it, please follow my journey here.
The products listed here are ones I have come across while living in my mobile villa and I have found these to be essential tools for tiny home living, either connected to power or completely off-grid. Some of the products listed have been referred to me and are on my wish list.
Contrary to popular believe, it's not always sunny on Colorado's Front Range, though it does stay clear longer than most places; summers go by quick with dry, hot air, fall comes early with much cooler air and more moisture, winters are moderate to very cold with periods of significant snow, where early spring yields lots of snow followed by a fair amount rain.
The use solar panels to generate power is this the biggest no-brainer for ANY home owner! This is FREE electricity, but in all homes, you need to use it methodically to lower the bills. Living off of solar power solely for over a month without plugging in is a happy and satisfying feeling. I encourage everyone to seek ways to lower their electrical use and make power from renewable sources like solar and wind; even something small like this portable hydro generator/battery to power your gadgets.
My home is powered by a generic branded system using a single 100 watt panel mounted at 0 degrees which feeds two DC batteries in parallel to increase the AmpH's. In between the panel and batteries, you will need to install a solar charge controller which regulates the energy transfer direction. in order to charge my laptop, iPad and phone, the power needs to be converted to AC using an inverter; the Bestek 150 watt with dual USB ports has been huge upgrade after replacing the previously installed and overdrawing 750 watt one. Size does matter here.