Alternative Heating Sources for the Cabin


Your vacation home or cabin is likely your favorite place to relax, regroup, and soak up Mother Nature’s abundant beauty. Nothing quite compares to that feeling of being surrounded by woods and wildlife, all cozied up in your cabin. For many cabin owners, the love of nature extends to how they heat the space. Instead of pumping heat produced by fossil fuels through a duct system, many choose to heat with renewable resources in wood or pellet burning stoves or fireplace inserts. Not only is it rewarding to use a green heat source while at your cabin, it can save money too.

Wood Stoves
The cabin experience is always best with the crackling sound of wood burning. There are other advantages to heating with wood, especially if you have access to inexpensive or free wood near your cabin or home. In addition to reduced heating costs, you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re using a renewable fuel.


Harman wood stoves are EPA-certified. High efficiencies are gained through technologies that enable elevated temperatures, ample oxygen and sufficient burning of gases. This means Harman stoves are both gentle on the environment and great heat producers. You’ll notice you’ll get more heat from less wood with a Harman, and there’s less ash to clean up.

Pellet Stoves
Similar in appearance to a wood stove, a pellet stove is also great choice for heating your vacation home with renewable fuel. Pellets are made from organic waste like compacted sawdust, wood chips, bark, and other natural materials. Heating with pellets means you are turning materials that may otherwise go to a landfill into energy. And heating with pellets can save you money too, when compared to paying for fossil fuels. Pellets can be purchased at stove dealers, nurseries, building supply shops and many big box stores. If you spend a lot of time at your cabin, they can also be purchased in bulk.








How does it work, you ask? Within the stove, pellets are fed into the burn pot via an auger that’s powered by electricity, so pellet stoves can require less effort than wood stoves. And if you want heat – you’ve got it. When burned in a Harman pellet stove, one 40 pound bag of pellets can provide up to 24 hours of steady heat.

Fireplace Inserts
If your cabin has an open, masonry wood-burning fireplace, you should consider transforming it into a beautiful heat producer by having a wood or pellet burning insert installed. Inserts are important upgrades, since wood fireplaces can exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour to the outside, which in turn draws in cold air through the cabin’s doors and windows. They are only considered to be -15 to +15 percent efficient.








A fireplace insert fits directly into your existing fireplace – and it will make your fireplace a heating powerhouse. Harman wood and pellet inserts have all the same technologies and benefits as stoves, so this is an upgrade you can’t ignore.

Heating with nature’s bounty at your cabin is a decision you’ll never regret, so don’t put it off. Contact a Harman dealer near your cabin now, and you’ll enjoy all the benefits of heating with wood or pellets this winter, and for many years to come.

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