When my husband and I decided to put up a barn on the back of our property we knew that there would be challenges. Getting power and water run four hundred feet behind the house was too costly so we needed to find alternate resources. Electric seemed the least confusing because we knew that we could use large solar panels on the roof. This would be perfect for lighting and running any power tools that we may need. Water was solved when our neighbor gave us a the number of a drilling company that could install a well to draw water for the animals and general use. The biggest problem that we encountered was figuring out how to heat the workshop that was in the one area. My husband wanted to be able to do woodworking and fix small equipment so he would need some sort of heat source. Now, if you have ever been in a barn, you know that you really can have open flames around the hay and such. A wood stove seemed way to hazardous. We contacted our local heating and cooling company to find out other options that would work better. They said that there were oil and propane heaters that could be installed that would work well without needing an exposed flame. We chose a blue flame propane heater that could hang on the wall of the shop. It was capable of heating 1000 square feet and did not need to be vented outside. The propane tanks could sit outside the barn and fuel the heater too. We purchased two one hundred pound tanks so we didn’t have to worry about running out of fuel to often. This has been a perfect solution for us.