Lil' House Outside Heater?

Lil' House Outside Heater?

PostBy: afrancis777 On: Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:56 pm

I am considering buying a Lil' House Outside heater. **Broken Link(s) Removed**

The heater is about 4-6' from the house, and the heat is pumped into a single duct in the house. The heat is distributed to the other side of the house by using col air return ducts in the rooms on the other side of the house. The cold air returns are hooked into the blower intake on the furnace. Has anyone had any experience with this? Do you really think the cold air returns would pull the heat evenly throughout the house? Thanks for the info.

Re: Lil' House Outside Heater?

PostBy: DOUG On: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:15 pm

Hi, and welcome to the forum. I saw that website a while ago and thought that it was an interesting concept. There are also a few other manufactures now making outside forced hot air furnaces too. I would think that for a small home or trailer type home it would help with reducing the heating cost, but I'm concerned with actually how long of a burn time one would receive from such a unit that small or how many years you will get out of burning in a 55 gallon drum. I guess that it has it's place in the market and would think that it will do what it says.

Here is a link to another small custom outdoor furnace fabricator that may suit your needs better.

His name is Josh and he has been making these units for a while and I understand that they are pretty well built and insulated, plus only a few more hundred dollars more. If an inexpensive outdoor hot air furnaces that is built to last longer and burn longer is what you are looking for, I'd give this guy Josh a call too.
Stove/Furnace Model: CLAYTON 1600

Re: Lil' House Outside Heater?

PostBy: SheepDog68 On: Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:44 am

My Hand Fired Kodiak puts out that much heat and sits unobtrusively in the corner of the room!!

If I went with an outside unit I would want one that would tie into the central duct work instead of what they say you have to do with that one!! Of course your situation may be perfect for this sort of application, but I would keep looking to make sure this is what is best for you before I pulled the trigger on it!!

If you have not already spend some time reading the old threads here as there is a lot of good info that can be learned from them!!


Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak
Coal Size/Type: Harmony Nut, Lehigh Nut
Other Heating: Happy thoughts, good wool and a little propane.

Re: Lil' House Outside Heater?

PostBy: japar On: Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:51 pm

I never liked these outside heaters, I perfer a wood or coal stove inside the house where it can be tended to and will give off radiant heat. But I guess it will work for some
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hearthmate
Stove/Furnace Make: Hearthmate
Stove/Furnace Model: combo

Re: Lil' House Outside Heater?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:45 am

I never understood why anyone would want to leave a nice warm house to brave the freezing cold to stay warm. :roll:
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea