Options for Heating Your Cabin Efficiently

Unless you can access a local power grid, your new log cabin will need to have a contained source of heat. There are several different approaches to consider. You may even decide to include two different sources so that there is always a backup means of staying warm during a winter night.


A fireplace is a good heating choice for a cabin with an open floor plan. Opt for a fireplace that is large enough to allow for a cooking pot to hang over the open flame. This allows you to enjoy the warmth of the flames and make a pot of soup at the same time.


One approach is to have the cabin set up with an outdoor propane tank that will connect to lines that run into the home. This allows you to use propane for cooking, the hot water heater, and to fuel space heaters. With this option, you can monitor your usage and set up deliveries of more fuel based on how much you consume every month.


Several different types of stoves can be helpful in heating your cabin. A traditional wood burning stove can serve as a source of heat and also provide the means to cook meals. For heating purposes only, consider installing a pellet or soapstone stove in the main room of the cabin. The radiant heat from these devices will easily keep the inside of the cabin at a comfortable temperature.

Solar Panels

There is also the option of installing solar panels with batteries to store the energy. Mount the panels on the roof and run lines to batteries that you house in a small room on the back of the cabin. The batteries should connect directly into the cabin’s electrical wiring. Remember to install a cutoff switch so you can turn off the power when no one will be using the cabin.

Remember that it never hurts to install more than one source of heat. If the main source is down, then you can still keep warm. For example, propane may be your heating method of choice, but having a fireplace on hand if you run out of fuel will make it possible to stay warm until more fuel is delivered.