Inside a 178-square-foot house were wood-paneled walls, stainless steel appliances, a full-sized washer and dryer and small but comfortable furnishings.
The Blossman tiny house was available to walk through Wednesday at the Blossman Gas store on Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.
Blossman Gas, the eighth-largest propane company in the U.S. is currently touring its all-propane tiny house throughout the Southeast.
“The focus is on propane, of course, because we’re a propane company,” said area manager John Fowler. “So the company bought this, and of course there’s a big focus right now on tiny houses, to display all the appliances and products you can use on propane. And we’re taking this from Mississippi all the way up to Virginia.”
The propane-fueled appliances include a refrigerator, furnace, cook stove, washer and dryer, a tankless water heater and a vent-free fireplace. It also has a portable grill and fire pit for travel.
A bookcase doubled as a ladder to the bedroom loft upstairs, the living area held just two armchairs and there wasn’t a bathroom to speak of, but the home was otherwise complete.
“And we’re powering the whole house through a propane-powered generator,” he said.
Fowler said the purpose of the tiny house tour is to increase awareness of propane use in communities.
“The hope today is to give our consumers knowledge about propane and what it can do for them in a house,” he said.
Branch manager Buck Stanley said propane is more “green,” or cleaner, than other energy sources.
“It can also power your vehicle and your lawnmower,” Stanley said. “In some of your bigger, metro areas, they won’t allow landscape companies to cut grass at certain times of the day if they run on gasoline. But if you run on propane, you can cut the grass at any decent time.”
Fowler said these are often called ozone days, when the air quality is highly affected by pollutants from gasoline. Propane, he said, doesn’t release these pollutants.
Fowler said it’s also never imported, and Georgia has a strong propane industry that exports more than it imports.
The event Wednesday included free hot dogs and hamburgers for guests, enter-to-win drawings and door prizes.
Blossman began sending the tiny house to events in March 2015, transporting it on an F-450 flatbed truck. Since then, tens of thousands of people have walked through it, and the company will soon begin selling the homes.
“The thing we want to get out to consumers is really, if you live in a small, 200-square-foot house or in 10,000-square-foot house, it doesn’t matter,” Fowler said. “Propane is perfect for everybody.”