Saturday, January 8th, 2011:
Secured the Stove-side stainless steel counter top in preparation for installing and hooking up the propane 2-burner stove. Applied a liberal amount of 100% silicone, smoothed it out with a concrete trowel, and put the counter right in place.
Next, we situated the point-of-use electric water heater where it will be to begin running copper water pipe. We had originally hoped to install a propane tankless water heater for it’s energy efficiency. We met challenges along the way concerning adequate clearance to alleviate fire dangers. After realizing that a propane tankless water heater wasn’t going to be in the cards, we explored electric tankless water heaters. We were limited here as our electrical system is 30 amp/110V, and all but a few of the electric tankless water heaters we could find were 240V. The few that were 110V were either too high in their amperage needs and would suck all of our power that we’ll need for the rest of the house, or only provided a very small rise in temperature that would make for some very cold showers… So, though not what we had originally set our hearts on, we found a great little point of use 7 gal water heater, the Ariston GL 6+ from Bosch. It only draws 12.5 amps, and will provide some really hot water for the tiny house. In the end, we are very pleased with the hot water solution we’ve found.
We have made the decision to utilize traditional copper water pipe instead of more commonly used PVC. We are making considerable efforts to use non-plastic and non-petroleum based materials in this tiny house. Copper, while it is heavier, more expensive, and a little more work to install (you have to solder each fitting instead of simply glueing), its use is keeping consistent with our plastic-free (in areas where we have a choice) efforts. We like the idea of making an effort to keep the water we’ll be drinking from running through plastic pipes in our tiny home. (We’ll just forget about the miles and miles of plastic (PVC) piping it came to the tiny house in…)
We ended up the day putting some time into the food storage pantry shelves.
Thanks go out to Colleen Shaughnessy, recently back from South Africa, who spent some time in the tiny house with us today working on the pantry shelves and sink dry fit. Thanks as well to Eric Brennan for getting us started on running the copper water pipe!