Propane appliances are a frugal and practical choice when living in a tiny home. Some tiny home dwellers use boat or camper appliances for their tiny spaces. Depending on your space, whether your home is mobile or stationary and whether you are living on- or off-grid, there is an abundance of choices.
Propane refrigerator design is much simpler, because they do not need electrical components. They have no moving parts other than the thermostat, and the cooling unit is completely sealed. Some tiny home dwellers use RV propane refrigerators, which also require a 12-volt DC electric source to keep them operational, even when running on gas. These do not have as long a life expectancy as conventional propane refrigerators.
Propane Hot Water Heaters
Because of space considerations, most tiny home dwellers choose a propane-powered on-demand hot water heater. The size of your unit depends on how many people or appliances it is serving. Smaller units are usually only good for one appliance at a time, so you can't wash dishes while someone else is showering. If you live in a harsh winter climate, you need to install an indoor unit vented to the outside to avoid having it freeze.
Propane Stoves and Ovens
Propane stoves with ovens come in units as small as 20 inches wide. If you don't do much baking, you may opt for only burners with no oven. If you don't have the space, live in a milder climate and are more stationary, an outdoor propane stove with oven may be a viable alternative. Some tiny home dwellers are fine with only a two-burner camping stove.
Propane heaters always have to be vented to the outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. The size and capacity of your heater is determined by a number of elements, which can be easily found using a handy online calculator. Another consideration is the clearance you will need around your heater.
For tiny homes, it is common to try the do-it-yourself approach to save money, but when you are dealing with propane, it's always best to have professional advice. You should plan for each appliance during the design phase so as to allow sufficient room and clearances. Ask your local propane dealer like Anderson's Propane if he can do the consultation himself or if he will recommend someone to do it for you. There are so many things to consider when dealing with propane appliances and you want to be sure you get the best advice possible.