‘Oh the weather outside is frightful’ so you’ll want to stay cosy warm and ‘delightful’
in your log cabin this winter. If you are intending to use your log cabin all year round, maybe as a home office or studio perhaps, the first thing that we would recommend is roof and floor insulation. All of our summerhouse and log cabins for sale are available with the option to purchase our specialist insulation kits alongside them. Insulation is great at keeping the warmth in and the cold out but you may also want to consider what your heating options are as well.
To save you the job I’ve been having a look at various heating options available and I’m sure that at least one of these would be just right for you in ensuring you keep toasty and warm in your log cabin this winter.
Electric Convection Heaters
These are probably the most common option that customers go for as they heat quickly and can either be free standing or wall mountable. Often these types of heaters come with 24 hour timers and are thermostatically controlled which mean they are great for pre-warming your home office and can be used on the colder nights to stop your log cabin from getting too cold and preventing damage to electrical appliances or other items stored in there.
Electric radiators are available in both modern and traditional styles so that you can match your radiator to the look of your cabin. Like the radiators in your home these are wall mounted but have an electric heating element. These don’t heat up as quick as the convection heaters and have less option for temperature control on the heaters themselves but can often be linked to thermostats and timers.
Electric oil filled radiators
These types of radiators tend to be free standing, which means that you can move them around easily but obviously they do take up some floor space. The oil in the radiators continues to maintain heat after they are switched off which will mean you will make some savings on your heating costs. There isn’t much choice when it comes to style with these heaters but they are low in price comparatively and widely available.
There is no doubt about it, wood burners look great in log cabins and they work great too, heating up quickly and retaining heat. There are many companies such as
Vesta Stoves that specialise in wood burners, and have experience installing them inside log cabins. In fact this particular company has previously installed a wood burner in a Barbados Mini supplied by us. Whoever you choose to provide your wood burner please remember that for your safety all elements of the install must be professionally carried out by a HETAS engineer.
Air conditioning units can both heat and cool the air as well as helping to maintain a constant temperature and humidity level. These are a good choice if the equipment in your log cabin creates lots of heat such as lots of IT equipment for example or if you use your cabin to store items that need to be protected from the damp or temperature changes such as fabric or canvas. The downside of a fixed air conditioning unit is that it requires an externally mounted heat exchanger which can create a noise disturbance and upset the neighbours so if you do go for this option consider its location carefully.
Bottled gas heaters
These heaters run on propane and are a good idea for garden buildings that have no mains electricity but are not good for dusty environments such as a log woodworking workshop as they have an exposed heating element. They are especially a great choice if you use bottled gas in your home as you can easily add an additional bottle or two to your delivery, otherwise you may also need to consider the hassle and expense of getting the gas bottles when you consider your heating options. The gas bottles can be installed
outside the cabin to feed a fixed gas heater, or you can purchase freestanding heaters which enclose a small gas bottle. These heaters tend to be bulky won’t win awards for their style but they serve their purpose effectively. The most important thing to consider with these heaters is that they need adequate ventilation to prevent the build-up of water vapour or any risk of toxic fumes.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to best heat up your log cabin – remember stay warm!