Heating Options for Vandwelling

28 Oct

A fact of life in a van is that whatever the temperature outside, inside is not going to be much different without help. Well, except in the summer, I guess. Then maybe it’s hotter…but we really had no problems in the Beast (our last van we DID have problems, it had no extended roof and had windows that didn’t like to be opened, but we aren’t talking about staying cool, eh?)

Heating options definitely depend on where you are living and how mobile you need to be. Parked in a driveway with access to an extension cord, for instance, maybe your best option is going to be a small electric heater, like this:

I googled “tiny space heaters” and came up with loads of options at many different price points, and there is always your local thrift store if you are tight on money. This is how we have been heating lately, but if I am honest we really haven’t needed too, it’s been a convenience to be able to stay hot, lol.

Another option is a propane furnace, which we have in the van. We haven’t really used it, but the option is there, and will allow us to heat ourselves away from electricity.  It works well, we just haven’t used it. I am thinking this coming month I am going to do an experiment to see how much propane it takes to heat us and cook all our food. So far only a few gallons have lasted us three months.

Probably my favorite idea for heating is the tiny wood stove, though! This would let us live over winter (provided we had food) in the mountains and not have to worry over-much. I like this one:

Again, I googled “tiny wood stoves” and came up with a plethora of options. 🙂 The one above was less than $200. And you can cook on it. 😀

Of course there are other options, and you would need to take ventilation and other safety aspects into consideration, but I think treating the small camper-van like a boat would be a good option, perhaps.

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