Teach Nollaig Tiny House

A self-built tiny house on wheels with loads of character.

Tiny house on wheels in the countryside of Kilkenny, Ireland. Photos and built by Noel Higgins.


  • Vera Struck says:


    I love the ingenious water heater idea, the coil around the stove pipe. Such character, great view and smart energy!

  • Joel says:

    Hi Noel

    Nice little cabin you built there, with some clever ideas. I particularly like am am very interested in your stove and water heater. If I may ask: does this work as a heat exchanger or directly heats the water? Also, what’s at the bottom of the gas bottle stove? I am thinking of something similar to go on the boat I’am building and would be very interestedif you’d consider answering! Thanks.Joel

  • Joey says:

    Very clever! Have 1 quick question about your brilliant hot water setup…how does the heated water circulate? I am not familiar w any systems like this…does the heated water expand or pressurize and cause circulation some how? Thx for your time and would greatly appreciate any response!

    • Wes says:

      Thermosiphon. Where as hot water rises and cold water sinks creating a natural flow…..the inlet and outlet of the coils appear to be swapped as in where they connect to the vessel. Apparently it still works though. Cheers…

  • elaine doyle says:

    hi ,great tiny home that you built ,,,i am thinking of building something on wheels
    , i was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to get started ……budget is very tight.


  • Cee Jay says:

    This is a very unusual design and I like it very much.

    Cee Jay/Leigh on Sea, Essex, England, Britian.

  • Danny says:

    Hello there,

    I am trying to achieve the same thing for my tiny house woodstove but I will be using the waste heat from the woodstove as a supplemental heat source that will then be piped into a tankless water heater. Is this possible or do I need a seperate tank to accomplish the thermosiphon?

    • Neanj9 says:

      Howdy Danny,
      You will need a tank. Even with a wetback setup it takes time to heat the water. This is a very common practice here in NZ. The wetback is normally inside the woodstove and plumbed into the water tank. To get the heated water to rise the tank is usually elevated and positioned higher than the heat source. And for safety a good sized tank is a good idea or just have a lot of baths when the water starts boiling. Child hood memories here of being one of the cleanest kids in town, lol.

  • zam says:

    that thing is plumbed backwards. if you are looking fo thermosiphon action, the hot and cold leads need to be switched.

  • Celine Garcia says:

    I love this little house, its rather romantic. I love the kitchen, and the heater very innovtive. The bedroom is nice too, I love the wooden wall and the
    cozy atmosphere it gives the tiny room.
    I would love a country house like this, very original.

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