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Old 02-05-2009, 01:49 PM   #1
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I am looking for input on heating options for a to be built ski house. The house may be unused for periods of time. I was thinking of going electric because I am worried about frozen pipes even though it is expensive in the long run. Any input is greatly appreciated.

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I would install pipes such that their is atleast 1 main drain where i can close the master water pipe and open it to empty the entire system.then do not forget to do this when you are not using the place.

Now small solar pannels can give you enough heat to charge a system during the day to hold the temp above freezing in the night. Remember well designed sun facing windows provide excellent heat by by trapping infra red rays.

as its is being build use rigid form and tighten the house a bit from the basement up and use max insulation and make sure the windows face the sun a bit.

As long as you have a backup generator you should be good with eletric and above systems.

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:06 PM   #3
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What utilities are available to you (gas, propane, oil, etc), and what are their costs?
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Invite a Sorority over.
300 BTU/hr per Sister, but it may seem like more. . .

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I agree, - price of utilities.

Not enough info here. A ski lodge begs for a wood burning stove if you ask me

Also, When you leave the house unattended for long periods of time, I would close the water main, and then open up all of the drains for a few minutes. Then close them up, or close them until cracked.
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Thanks for the replies. Yes more info is needed from me.
My options are oil or electric and obviously with oil I can do radiant, hot water baseboard or forced hot air. My first thoughts are to do electric (which is more expensive) but cheaper to install and when I leave the house I can drain the pipes and shut the house down without worry of a power outage causing frozen pipes. So I am not just factoring in just the monthly cost but piece of mind as well. Just wondering if anyone has been down this road.

A woodstove is a must as well.

Unfortunately my wife won't go for the sorority girls.
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Tell her, they're wood stove fire tenders.
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Don't know how big the place is, but have you looked into a Toyo stoves or Rinnai wall furnaces?
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My guess is that you are in Massachusetts, exactly how long will this place be without anybody being there? If it is remote and not monitored you may want to consider a 6 foot deep farm hydrant at your main water entrance, you still have to drain your internal pipes or antifreeze them or both.
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Mass does cold once in 4 yrs like this one....boy we are getting slammed this year with snow ,ice and artic weather.

Why don`t you do geothermal ?. Its becomes expensive with sq ft so if your ski house is not as big they it might actually be perfect.the eletricity needed to run it will be so low and the maintenance is low enough that you can turn it on when not around to keep the pipes from freezing.

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