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Propane does create problems at very cold temperatures. At -45 degrees F (-43 c) you could have an open bucket full of propane and it would not evaporate. So at -38 C you have a very low vapor pressure, not enough to run some appliances. Were you using a small portable tank like a 20#? Larger tanks will work better in cold temps. A dual stage regulator may also work better. The regulators that attach directly to a portable tank are single stage most often. Single stage are more prone to freezing up as the propane is used. At times like this it would be nice to have two wood burning stoves. I wonder if this is one of the reason rwanders in Alaska uses a fuel oil heater/furnace?
what kinda cost to install a propane system like this? and do you have air ducts like a house would have? my cabin is mostly open, and propane sounds like a good option over electric.
oops.. i also wanted to know about how you placed the vents in your second floor. i am interested in cutting some vents in my second floor as well... our stove is kind of central on the first floor. i was thinking about cutting two vents in each of the upstairs bedroom, one close to the stove and one at the opposite end of the room.. thanks!