Greetings friends! This Winter I was not able to put a wood stove in my Yurt, so I needed to find some other way of heating the space when the weather turned chilly. I used some random things I had lying around and purchased a few extra parts and was able to put together a makeshift Propane Stove that heat the Yurt above 70ºF when it was below freezing outside!
To keep the vinyl floor of the Yurt from melting, I needed to start with a solid foundation which could stand warming up to high temperatures without being damaged. I just happened to have a Full Body Vibration plate lying around which the Winter Sun wasn't giving me enough Solar Energy to run, so that worked out!
The actual stove itself is a Outdoor Propane Burner* I had been using for cooking dinner. This thing can run for a very long time off of a 20-pound Propane Tank, and it's hefty enough to support the heavier components I needed to place on top.
Since a Propane Flame on its own is only releasing directly into to the air and upwards to the ceiling of the Yurt, I needed a way to find a way to store the heat so that it could radiate out into the room at a consistent rate and get reflected around the room by the Ecofoil Insulation*. I decided to use some Fire Bricks * which are designed exactly for this purpose!
I needed 6 bricks in total to cover most of the top of the propane burner while at the same time leaving a gap at the front for the concentrated hot air to escape. I then put a Heat Powered Stove Fan* right behind the vent opening so the hot air could be blown throughout the inside of the Yurt.
In order to light the stove I needed something to ignite the Propane once the gas is being emitted. Luckily I have a sweet USB Flashlight & Lighter* which can light a fire using an arc of electricity!
Now I just need to turn on the gas until I hear it flowing out of the stove, and use the electrical lighter to ignite it.
Once the flame is going it takes about 20 to 30 minutes or so for the Fire Bricks to heat up enough for the fan to turn on. Once the stove is really going and those bricks are storing and emitting tons of heat, the inside of the Yurt can get up in the 70s and 80s ºF!
The middle number of 31.3ºF in the image below is the temperature outside, and the upper number of 71.8ºF is the temperature inside. Toasty warm for a freezing cold day!
Some of the nicest things about this setup are the ease of starting the fire and the inexpensiveness of propane. Hauling firewood is a lot of work, and buying it is super expensive, so I'm actually glad I was forced to find an alternative to a wood stove this Winter.
Thanks for stopping by!