Blossman Gas’ All-Propane Tiny House a big attraction at shows

October 19, 2015 By    

blossman-gas-tiny-house-lee-fairBlossman Gas rolled out its All-Propane Tiny House concept this year, showcasing it at fairs, community events and schools in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Scott Prewitt, a regional area vice president of Blossman Gas, says he had the idea to design the All-Propane Tiny House in 2013.

“We wanted to create something in which we could show propane applications to people who might not stop in our showrooms,” he says. “We started out with the concept of a mobile trailer, but then somebody suggested we design a ‘house.’”

Prewitt says he researched “mobile houses” to take to shows and fairs, and he learned about tiny houses, which are about 400 square feet or smaller. Blossman Gas purchased a tiny house that’s about 200 square feet and includes a laundry room, kitchen, bedroom and living room. He says the company added a stand-alone propane generator to the house so it runs only on propane and features several propane appliances, such as a propane-fueled refrigerator, fireplace, washer, dryer, tankless water heater and gas stove.

Prewitt adds the tiny house cost Blossman about $40,000 to buy and redesign.

“I think cost-wise, even some smaller retailers can get into this,” he says. “It will attract people at shows to your company for no other reason than it’s a house that they can tour.”

Not to mention it looks cool.

Blossman began sending its All-Propane Tiny House to events in March 2015, transporting it across highways to events on an F-450 flatbed truck. Since then, Prewitt says it’s stopped at about 20 locations and thousands have walked through the house. At one of its most recent stops at the Sanford Lions Club Lee Regional Fair in Sanford, N.C., Prewitt estimates more than 10,000 people toured the display.

“It garners lots of attention at events,” Prewitt says. “Even just driving with it down the interstate catches people’s eyes. We’ve talked to people about it at rest stops. I think all these people are blown away by the fact that you can live in a house that’s only run on propane.”

Blossman’s All-Propane Tiny House only has a few more locations to visit before it stops touring for the year. In its first year on the road, Prewitt says the house has increased awareness about propane appliances and helped Blossman gain a few dozen new customers.

Megan Smalley

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Megan Smalley is the associate editor of LP Gas magazine. Contact her at msmalley@northcoastmedia.net or 216-363-7930.

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