$18 is pretty cheap. This is one of the most common ones that I have
I think it is more correct to say "A few of them are not cheap" -
And this isn't even that bad at $65. Might be a little pricey for a
Get a thermostat designed for electric baseboard heat. These are
simple, and will handle the load without any problems.
There are other solutions as well... Thermostats designed for just the
purpose that you describe (rugged, and simple). Check with a supplier
who specializes in agriculture products.
The first step would be to superinsulate the dog house. The amount of
insulation woudl depend on the climate your in. If done properly the
body heat from the dog should be plenty, if not then add a heating
device. I would recomend a double flap over
I do agree with the comment on the heat lamp as they are fragile and
may break, also the light may keep your dog awake. One might try
looking at farming supply sales as operation like chickens etc may
have safe heating devices with thermostats.
And the above statements of needing a thermostat that will operate on
120V is needed or you will need a transformer and a relay (this gets
complicated for us non electronic people). Go to Google.com and look
for "line voltage thermostat" (without the quotes) and you will find
Look in google for "poultry heater electric"
Whole House Performance is the right thing to do.
Whole "Dog" House Performance is the right thing to do.
Here is one more idea for you:
Use the foil covered foam insulation on the floor, cover with a blanket, use
a old fashioned heating pad, yes they are still out there, put another
blanket on top of it, route the cord out of the dog house, set it to low, or
at most to med, for realy cold nights, kept one of our dogs warm for many
winters, some cold days she would never leave the bed we fixed for her.
For many dogs this is not a good idea. They like to chew on things and
eventually they'll chew the heating pad. As well, you'd need to
regularly inspect the pad for damage to prevent electircal shock
hazards... If Fido gets zapped he won't go back into that dog house
ever again! <bg>
A slightly better solution would be roof heating tape with a built in
thermostat, installed on the roof (less likely to get chewed) which
would radiate heat downwards.
A properly designed and sized (not too large!) dog house should not
require heat at all, the dog's body heat will warm it up nicely. I've
years of experience in this (in NH where it can get damned cold) with
German Shepards who lived 100% outdoors year round. I used a dog house
called a 'DogLoo' (that's probably badly spelled) made of plastic.
Indestructable. Always had a bed of straw (renew the straw as needed,
usually every fwe months).
A small 50 watt lightbulb would be sufficient for virtually any heat
requirements as well, and there would be no reason to ever turn it off
(in the winter) either.
BTW, electric dog water bowls are vital to allow the dog to have fresh
water as needed, though most dogs will choose to eat snow if they can
I must agree on not heating the house. I was raised on
a farm and as cows heat the barn, so did our dogs heat
their own house. The secret is not having the house
too big for his body to heat it. Back then 70 yrs ago,
we never would have even thought of insulation but that
should be sufficient to heat the (small) house.
did not think about dogs that chew, the dog we had done this for, was not a
chewer, like my 3 are now, labs will chew on most anything, they love
cutoffs from the power miter saw. sticks from the yard, all the money my
wife spends on chew toys, they go for a stick.
Built a dog house in the side of hill. 6'X6'X3.5' high. Cinder block
construction on a 6" deep slab. Cinder blocks are concrete filled with
rebar to boot inside to the slab. Painted inside and out with basement type
paint to block water intrusion. Front opening cover is a rubber mat cut
just a hair smaller than the opening. 2x4 frame, slanted roof, steel roof
covering, with insulation between rafters.
Seen the 2 dogs in it twice. Been over a year. Tried all kinds of floor
coverings. Nothing works. They sleep outside on the porch.
Considering moving all my flammables from the garage to the dog house...
Would have to be two stories, right? <g>
I'm reminded of that Discovery Channel show where they built the
'ultimate' doghouse. It was amazing what they did, but I doubt the
dogs gave a rat's ass when it was done.
We tend to apply our (human) values to animals, and sometimes that
doesn't work well. One of the first things I learned was that dog
houses were seldom too small, but were often too large.
Was definitely a learning process doing the project. Never worked with
cinder block before, or steel roofing. Surprised I found the paint for the
cinder block. No basements to speak of in S. central Texas.
Lot of annual rye on the place. Might try that.
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