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What is a Milk House Heater?

Updated on April 7, 2016

The Best Utility Heaters

Milk house heaters have been around for more than fifty years. They were originally invented to keep dairy barns warm in the winter. Now they're the best heater to use to warm up colder rooms in a house, garage, or workshop. They don't use as much electricity as a big furnace but they can keep a room just as warm.

The photos on this page are the author's Patton and Titan space heaters.

Titan and Patton Heaters

I got my first Titan milk house heater more than twenty years ago to heat a basement. It was made out of metal. It just recently quit working one day and started to get rusty. So it worked for a long time. A few years ago we got two Patton heaters to put near the water pipes when it gets really cold and to just heat one room if needed. I don't know exactly how much they cost to operate but it's not very much, especially compared to a big furnace. Remember to be safe and keep everything a few feet away from the heater and don't leave it unattended or use an extension cord because the cords can get warm when you do.

Frozen Water Pipes

If you have water pipes that freeze in the winter, milk house heaters work great for keeping them warm and preventing frozen pipes and to thaw them out if they do freeze and burst and cause your house to flood and damage everything.

Patton PUH680-N-U Milk-House Utility Heater
Patton PUH680-N-U Milk-House Utility Heater

This is the best heater. I have two of them and they are excellent.


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    • marie-churchman profile image


      4 years ago

      The Westpointe grey one is amazing. It takes a pounding. Mine finally died, but only after it was bounced off the counter by our cats for the umpteenth time. It survived MUCH longer than other similar models. I just tried to order another through this article, but they were out of stock. A shame.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      I would like one of those in the winter to keep my water pipe-lines working. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Scott A McCray 

      4 years ago

      I have one in my workshop - gets the job done!

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      5 years ago

      I have a couple of them and I did not know they were called milk house heaters. They work very well, useful lens.

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      5 years ago

      I not even know this is called milk house heater, thanks for sharing!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      5 years ago

      I have several and they are wonderful. Great lens.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Fascinating - I'd never heard of these!

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      5 years ago

      I didn't know they were called milk house heaters.

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      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm amazed they still call them milk house heaters. Interesting article on a classic! :)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      5 years ago

      I've never heard of a milk house heater, but this seems like a solution for our basement. The cats sleep down there, so I've used an oil heater in the past to keep them warm and condensation down. The oil heaters are big energy guzzlers, even though we're solar powered. Much appreciated!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Warm cows, cold milk. Always a good thing. I'm trying to remember if our family dairy farmers had heaters in the barn or if the livestock had to tough out those frigid Minnesota winters. I'm looking for a cold weather solution for my pipes. Last winter was brutal in terms of keeping the water flowing. Thanks for suggesting these heaters.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I have never hear about milk house heaters. If they use less energy they will surely pop up here too. And I will be prepared!

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      C A Chancellor 

      5 years ago from US/TN

      Interesting! But I'm still trying to understand what constitutes a "milk house style" heater. Is it just that they're all metal?

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting - didn't know about these! Thanks for sharing!

    • Camden1 profile image


      5 years ago

      My grandparents had some of these, but I never knew they were called milk house heaters.

    • casquid profile image


      5 years ago

      Two of these are in my home. Never heard of the name, though. Nice lens!

      Thank you for the like and blessing on my lens!

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      5 years ago

      This looks like an interesting way to, perhaps, save energy. We use oil and anything is better than that. We have a couple cords of wood and woodstove, but this looks like another great idea.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      We always called these space heaters. I didn't know they were called milk house heaters. They do keep you toasty!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Learned something new. I don't know about milk heaters before.

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I grew up on a farm but guess we didn't have one of these. The barn was always cold in winter.

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      NC Shepherd 

      6 years ago

      When I read your title, I could actually smell my uncle's milkhouse from my childhood. :) These little heaters really work, too.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      How wonderful the old milk house heaters look. I grew up on a farm so we had old heaters sitting in our chicken coops.

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      6 years ago from Iowa

      We initially bought one of these to thaw some pipes and then bought another this year to warm a space in our business building. Those two little heaters did an amazing job and we were truly surprised at how well they worked in a the large room with no other heat source.

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      6 years ago

      1st cold day and my little heater couldn't even cope with heating the bathroom. It's a placebo, gives you hope that you won't freeze in the shower, but it's useless. 5 years of that nonsense is enough. That's it. I just ordered one of the heaters from this page! Thanks for the information!

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      6 years ago

      @Cinnamonbite: Thanks.

    • Cinnamonbite profile image


      6 years ago

      I need one for my bathroom...and to just...WEAR this winter!

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      7 years ago

      The milk house heaters look quite awesome and embedding latest technology.

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      7 years ago

      I use one in my garage where my wood shop is. Couldn't work in the winter without it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I can't stand to be cold and would love one of these right next to my feet.

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      7 years ago

      That sounds like a great idea and it's not expensive at all.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      Great idea for a lens. Sitting here in a huge old Vermont farmhouse with freezing temperatures outdoors, a milk house heater sounds like a great idea. How energy efficient are they?

      When you have finished this lens, be sure to add it to the Milk and Milking Group.


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