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Old 10-01-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I'm working on a small cabin project and I'm looking for suggestions/past experiences with any and all types of electric heaters.

The cabin is roughly 12' x 18' interior, approx 220sqft with a loft space equal to about half that floorspace, bringing the total interior height from floor to ceiling at around 15'.

I've seen guidelines about sizing heaters, and at the moment was thinking somewhere around 2500watts, but I'm not sure how much I should take into account the added height of the room. Presumably the heat will rise so at least the sleeping area would stay warm? maybe go bigger?

I will likely have more specific electrical/wiring questions later, but for now I'm looking for suggestions on an appropriate style and size of heater to keep my space at least comfortably warm during the colder months. The cabin will have insulated 2x6 walls and 2x8 rafters.

What are your thoughts on installing an electric wall heater in one of my exterior walls? Since they're 2x6 I believe there should be room with most heaters to at least install some rigid insulation and possibly some heat barrier and maybe all will be well??

I'm also hoping to not break the bank..under $500 would be great.

Thanks for your help!

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And the location of the cabin would be where? And not "in the woods".

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The cabin is roughly 12' x 18' interior,the total interior height from floor to ceiling at around 15'.
12X18x15 = 3240 cu ft = 3240 watts
No less.

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What are your thoughts on installing an electric wall heater in one of my exterior walls?
Nope. Split it up:
a baseboard heaters around the room especially under each window

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Not likely. Plus you'll need $100 for a central thermostat set up
(transformer; relay; set back 24V stat)
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Your most economical solution would probably be 240v baseboard heaters. They can be placed under windows just as a forced air furnace vent would be, providing you don't have floor lengths drapes. Plan the furniture placement in the bedrooms so the heaters don't wind up under the bed or behind a dresser.

I would suggest a ceiling fan on what I presume to be a lofted ceiling to move the hot air back down and make the heat more evenly distributed.

I wouldn't recommend recessing a heater into an exterior wall as this will cause you difficulties with vapour barrier (assuming your cabin is also in Ontario).
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Thank you for your replies!

I couldn't respond sooner as I was indeed working on the cabin "in the woods"

It is located about two and half hours north east of Toronto, so the winter should be cold.

The future occupant of said cabin has objected to the use of baseboard heaters, mostly because of the small size of the place. He doesn't like the idea of losing wall space all over to furniture and so on.

So my plan is to use some sort of 4000watt/240 volt electric wall heater and either build it in from the exterior wall, or, if I think it will work, place it in the wall surrounded by adequate rigid foam insulation.

Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Broan-198-Heat...ic+wall+heater

I'm thinking 10 gauge wire on a 30amp breaker. Thoughts?
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The future occupant of said cabin has objected to the use of baseboard heaters... Thoughts?
F 'em.
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haha it's a fair sentiment..I'm starting to think he shouldn't get anything!
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This takes up no space
http://www.cabelas.ca/product/37935/...c-sleeping-bag
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Said occupant will also be the first to complain when it is too cold. As a side note, outlets are not allowed above electric baseboard units.
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As a followup for anyone who's interested.

In the end I decided to install a 4000W wall mounted electric heater. The heat generated is more than sufficient. In fact, when cranked to the max it is too hot in my opinion.

Thanks everyone for their help!

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