Off the grid Dome in the Texas desert with a Tiny Wood Stove

"Not only is the stove aesthetically pleasing, but it functions extremely well. "

Tom fell in love with the Big Bend region in Texas and built a Dome house with an incredible view. He is staying warm with a Dwarf 4kw during those frigid desert nights.

Who are you? Tell us something about you!

My name is Tom Williams and I live in Katy, TX just outside Houston. I’m originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast from a small town called Ocean Springs. I love the outdoors, foreign languages, exercising, and spending time with family.

Where did you install your stove? Do you stay in cold climates much?

Our dome is installed in Terlingua, TX located in the Big Bend region of the Chihuahua desert. Elevation is about 3,500 ft above sea level. In the winter it gets down in the 30’s at night and typically mild during the day. Summer is scorching hot between 11 am to about 6pm and in the low 70s at night.


How did your tiny living journey begin and what were your reasons?

Last Spring my family and I traveled to Big Bend National Park for a family vacation and decided we would purchase property in Terlingua, TX just outside the park to build some type of cabin for ourselves and to rent out to visitors to the area. After much research we purchased two twenty foot diameter dome kits from Pacific Domes. We are currently building out the outdoor bathroom and some of the finishing touches on the first dome. We have plan on operating full time by July 1st of this year.

How did you decide on a Dwarf stove?

The Dwarf 4K specified that it could heat a space up to 300 square ft which is the exact square footage of our dome.

How difficult was the installation process? Did you need any assistance of any kind?

It was super easy and actually I was able to do it all by myself with no assistance.

How has your experience been using the Dwarf? Have you been enjoying having a tiny wood stove in your space?

We absolutely love it and it makes for the perfect ambience in our dome. It is super efficient too. The issue we have right now is that we don’t have any insulation yet so the stove can’t keep up with the cold draft coming in through the edge of the floor and the vinyl cover blocks the wind but needs insulation so that heat can build up in the dome. The ceiling is very tall too at 12ft so we are really curious if this will play a part in how well the dwarf will be able to heat the space even with the insulation.


Would you recommend a tiny wood stove to others?

Yes, because not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it functions extremely well.

Would you like to add anything?

Customer service from Tiny Wood Stoves was excellent throughout the process of ordering through delivery. Packing was very good too and stove is very solid and built strong.

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