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LPG Powered Tiny House

Blossman Gas is an extremely innovative LPG company in the US. 

They’ve taken a “tiny house” and powered it with nothing but LPG.

What is a Tiny House?

LPG powered tiny houseIn the US, there is a new trend toward the substantial downsizing of homes. 

This is driven by construction cost savings and environmental concerns.

The average US home is 260m2

In contrast, the new small or tiny houses typically range from 18 to 37m2

Some can be as tiny as 7.4m2.

The Blossman Gas project house shown has just under 18m2 of interior space.   

The overall outside dimensions of the house are 9.4m x 2.5m. 

Total cost of construction and appliances was approximately US$30,000.

The house is transportable and being displayed in communities throughout the Southeast and South Atlantic USA.

Tiny houses come in various styles and are made from a variety of materials, often recycled. 

They frequently have wheels so that they are transportable. 

The focus is on smaller living spaces and simplified minimalistic living.

The media has picked up on this trend. 

There are now a number of syndicated TV shows about the tiny house movement, including Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Hunting.

 

Who Made the LPG Appliances?

The LPG appliances or their equivalents are mostly available in Australia, too. 

The washer, dryer and cook stove are Whirlpool.  

The tankless water heater and vented heater in the living room are both Rinnai.

The refrigerator is Unique.

The fireplace is a small Procom model. 

The gas light is Buck.

The outside fire pit, patio heater and BBQ are made by Napoleon. 

The generator is from Briggs & Stratton.

Saving Money

Many homeowners in the US are “house poor”, spending one-third to one-half of their income on their mortgage payments. 

This means they are spending about 15 years of their working life just to pay for their home.

Living in a tiny house greatly reduces the cost of construction and the amount of land required. 

This equates to a lower mortgage balance and smaller payments, helping eliminate the “house poor” problem.

Environmental Benefits

Having a smaller house means that energy consumption is reduced, as it takes less energy to heat and cool a smaller home. 

Less energy consumption equates to lower greenhouse gas emissions, making tiny houses more environmentally friendly.

Owners may also try to use recycled materials. 

Timber from demolished houses and barns and even recycled old shipping pallets have been used.

Powered by LPG

Blossman Gas decided to combine the tiny house concept with LPG, powering an entire home with nothing but gas. 

Even the electricity comes from an LPG powered generator.

In addition to the tiny house using less energy, LPG is a clean, low carbon fuel. 

The end result is a very environmentally friendly home with low emissions.

Gas Hot Water

The hot water comes from a tankless LPG hot water system

Combining compact size with energy efficiency, they are perfect for a tiny house application.

Note that the unit used on the project house is internally mounted, which is more typical in the US. 

In Australia, tankless systems are almost always exterior installations.

Gas Heat

The house is heated by both a gas convection heater and a gas fireplace

Either one is sufficient to heat the house on its own but they opted for having the aesthetics of a beautiful gas fireplace in addition to a compact gas heater.

Gas Cooking

A gas stove provides both a gas cooktop and gas oven. 

While compact, it still provides all of the benefits of gas cooking for the aspiring master chef. 

No electricity is needed to cook with this cooker, just LPG.

Gas Clothes Dryer

The house has a conventional top load washer teamed up with an LPG powered dryer. 

An LPG dryer dries clothes in 1/3 less time than an electric dryer, saving you time and money. 

Less time in the dryer also means less wear and tear on your clothes.

LPG Refrigerator

The refrigerator also runs on LPG, with no electricity required. 

So, your food stays cold even in a power outage.

LPG Generator

The electrical needs of the home are provided by an LPG powered generator. 

Being off-grid with LPG means that you never have to worry about power outages. 

It is also the best choice for generator fuel, as LPG (propane) has an unlimited shelf life

Why Use LPG with a Tiny House?

In the USA, all of their LPG is produced domestically. 

This increases their energy security.

Australia is similarly positioned, producing more than enough LPG to meet our needs.

As previously mentioned, LPG is a clean fuel with low greenhouse gas emissions. 

For the tiny house owner, it is a great way to minimize their carbon footprint whilst keeping down their initial investment.

LPG is also transportable, making it the perfect choice for a home on wheels. 

The home can then be situated almost anywhere. 

It also eliminates the cost of connecting to an electricity grid or a natural gas pipeline. 

Final Thoughts

Blossman Gas deserves a hearty “Well Done!” for their work on this innovative project. 

Combining a popular new construction trend with a clean, cost effective, efficient, and reliable energy option is a great solution for many of today’s housing challenges.

 
Blossman tiny house
Far right is the LPG generator whilst in the foreground is an LPG fire pit.
LPG water heater and refrigerator
Interior mounted tankless hot water heater along with a gas dryer and refrigerator.
LPG stove
Gas stove in a suprising spacious kitchen area.
LPG heater
Gas convection heater under the window and a small gas fireplace to the left.
Tiny house being transported
The tiny house being transported between exhibitions.

 

 

 

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The information in this article is derived from various sources and is believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the information may not be error free and may not be applicable in all circumstances.