Ways to Keep Your Cabin Warm

If you have a secluded cabin, there is a good chance you don’t have electricity. Either that or you might be without power for long periods of time after a storm. Maybe you are considering buying a small primitive cabin, but you are not sure if you can deal with having no power, especially when it is cold. Well, plenty of people live off the grid in Alaska. It is not convenient to not have the option of turning up the furnace, but there are ways to keep the cabin cozy and comfy, even when there is a blizzard outside.

Fireplaces that Use Bio Ethanol

Fireplaces that use bio ethanol have become a preferred heat source because the fuel is so clean. The bio ethanol is made from sustainable crops, and it doesn’t emit smoke, toxins, or odor. Fireplaces that use bio ethanol are an easy and safe heat source for a cabin of any size. Just make sure you are always stocked up on fuel. Plus, these fires provide a nice cozy ambiance.

Kerosene Heater

Also referred to as a paraffin heater, these heaters operate similar to a kerosene lamp. They have a fiberglass wick that uses a capillary action to draw kerosene from the tank. Once lit, flames are emitted by the wick into the heater’s burner unit. A convection process is used to heat the air. It is important to fill and light these heaters outdoors and then relocate them inside.


If you don’t mind stocking up on gasoline, running a generator is an option. However, this can get expensive. If you use the cabin a lot and have a higher budget a solar generator may be an option for you. Keep in mind that gas generators need to be operated outside. Running one right outside an open window is dangerous, and puts you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Power Inverter

When used for emergency power, inverters are generally hooked to a car battery. They convert DC current into AC power, so you can plug in a space heater. You don’t have to use a car battery though. You can simply use an extra fully charged battery. Buy a few batteries and a solar panel, so you can use one while charging the others. These are ideal for electric blankets, too.

Heat Packets

Hand and body warmers can be purchased for under $1 each, and last up to 10 hours. Put one on your back, in your socks, and in a pair of mittens when you sleep, and they will help keep you toasty.

Propane Heater

These heaters use canisters of propane. This is a low-cost and efficient heating option, but they do product carbon monoxide, and therefore require good ventilation. You should have a carbon monoxide detector in the cabin for sure, if you use one.