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Back up heat

Electric heater

This small electric heater is another element in the formula for keeping my Jotul wood stove burning at its lowest temperature.

Knowing it will kick in when the fire dies down lets me sleep a little easier.

It also functions as a main heat source when the outside temperature is above freezing.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Also great is the eco-heater! We have seen them installed in houses and even chicken coops, but we don't have one ourselves. Maybe some day...

Comment by Tracy Sun Jan 15 16:45:48 2012
Very interesting. I was a bit dubious of their claims --- after all, it's still electric heat (which makes me cringe.) On the other hand, the ecoheater does seem to use a quarter as much energy as our little space heater (although I'm looking at the maximum power rating there and Mark keeps it on low --- I'll have to hook it up to the Killawatt at some point and get some real data.)
Comment by anna Sun Jan 15 18:23:15 2012

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