I need ideas on how to go about making this cottage I am living in
year round winter ready. During the winter the floors get very cold
and pipes often freeze.
The old part of the cottage is about 70 years old. It is sitting on
raised cinderblock pillars. In some parts of the "crawl space" it is
4 ft in others it is just about a foot. The ceiling of the crawl space
is insulated with pink insulation. Albeit, I think it could be done
better. The pipes from both the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room
have heat wires, even so, they still sometimes freeze. The cottage is
heated inside primarily with a woodstove and there is a small propane
stove as well in a different section. During the winter I have been
known to go through 4 bush cords of wood to heat the place. I have put
plywood sheets all around the outside to cut down on wind going
through the underside of the cottage. It sits high on a hill and does
get quite a bit of wind.
It does get quite toasty after the wood stove has been on for a while.
However, at night, it generally gets quite cold. For example to test
the theory, I put a bottled water on the floor in the bathroom, got up
in the morning and it was frozen.
A friend suggested that I could get a "propane furnace" that could be
hung in the larger area of the crawlspace under the cottage and then
ducts sent through out the cottage for heat, as well as allowing an
opening for keeping the underside of the cottage warmer. The underside
would have to be sealed and insulated completely in order for this to
I just wondered if anyone had heard of doing this? Is it feasible? Is
it costly? Are there alternative ideas? Also, keeping in mind that the
property only has 60 amp service.
Thanks in advance for any input and advice.