Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
polarsusd81

FireBrand Fish Houses

6 posts in this topic

Anybody have one or have any experience with them?

I went to FishNStyle down in Savage to look at them in February. I like several things about them, all welded aluminum frame, flat aluminum siding applied with VHB tape, electric jacks and space saving coupler system, torsion axles, doesn't have Camo cushions and curtains everywhere, optional cooler and bait well over a wheel well, the list goes on.

I priced out a Miltona with a few custom tweaks and it came in about 19k. I wanted to change up the front to have the bunk house and bathroom/closet similar to the Minnewaska and extend the depth of the passenger side wheel well for a deeper counter and install the cooktop with oven on that side. It would also have the bay window in the back.

I like the Ice Castle fish houses but really prefer aluminum construction for several reasons. Not really a fan of the layout of the Ice Cabin houses, and others just don't pass the longevity smell test for me. I design aluminum wall systems so to see a company like FireBrand using it makes me lean heavily in that direction. It also will not end up rusted out, a lot lighter weight for towing, and with the VHB tape attaching the siding I am not worried about water making its way into the wood framing used in other brands. I see a lot of positives with their houses, just want to see if I am missing any negatives.

So that said, anybody have one and care to share their experiences with a FireBrand house?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have an 8x16 that I finished myself. I got the bay window and moved the door to the "V" portion of the house to get the layout I wanted. Half of my "V" is a bathroom and the other half is the entry way, if you will. I got the bay window as well, the extra space is nice, but it is definitely cold if you sleep by it!

The houses seem to be really well built and pull very well. I have to pile things in the front of mine to get enough tongue weight, even with the batteries in front of the wheel well, I think the added weight of the bay window causes this. I still haven't added it up but my guess is I am right around $14,000-14,500 finishing it myself.

They go up and down really slow, but it's better than winches IMO. It works best if you have two people, one outside and one inside. The latch system takes a little bit of learning, definitely not the easiest operation, which if you buy one I can give you some tips on lowering and raising it.

I finished mine with two 6v golf cart batteries (hooked together for 12v), and I can go three days on them without a generator. Everything in my house was wired to be ran off 12V with the optional 110V system working only if it is plugged, but I don't need it (12v TV, 12v coffee pot, etc).

Hole sleeves are a must, as the skirting around the edge of the house won't touch the ice even when it is all the way lowered. Of course, if you have enough banking it's not really an issue, but last year there wasn't enough snow.

I can't think of anything else to add at the moment, but if I do I will post again!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have seen them at the factory where they finish them and had the grand tour of the place, if I were to buy one today that would it! Like anything out there, there will be people on both sides of the fence. I like the units over all build and how they work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brian…

What brand 12volt TV did you get? Is it a true 12volt designed for extreme low power consumption?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also bought a Firebrand house last yr and would like ideas about how to speed up the raising and lowering.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What kind of ground clearance do they have? I've only looked at several of them at shows, but to me, it appears like they are lower than others when set for towing. I could be wrong, never had a tape measure on me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • arby's fries frozen?  at supermarket?  have to look for them...
    • Oh, just like the Rompers you are wearing around town then.
    • Made some frozen Arby's fries tonight and wow they were great. I would be sold just on the fries alone in this thing.   11mins cooked frozen, better and quicker than the drive thru lol
    • Actually the guy at ace was pretty close. These little guys are for framing steel studs before sheetrocking,  but yes they also could be for sheet metal work even though they are black . But your right hawg sharp and go in fast. 
    • What  a sweet find !!   Even better that you had a camera handy !!
    • Great trade and as of last year I know I wasn't ready to part with Lavine and his potential but that all changed when he went down with the injury.  I hope Lavine becomes a stud for Chicago in a few years but our time to win is now with this addition!!  Great move giving up hope for a top 15 player in the league that plays D is brilliant with the young studs we still have on roster.  Now all we need to do is add another player or 2 in free agency to strengthen our bench and we will be looking good.  Excited for the free agency to start!!! Playoffs here we come!!!!!! GO WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!
    • http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/06/22/mall-of-america-slips/   Classic case of doctors juicing up a medical claim with a series of failed therapies, creating a life long patient and a corporation with deep pockets to bill for those services.  Think not?  Dont be so naive.  Nobody wanted to fix her, they just wanted to keep billing, sad deal that happens all too often.          
    • That Drouin contract at 5.5 is kind of bad for us right now. Nino is far more proven than him and Granlund has had the beast season out of the 3 of them. Hard to see anything under 5 for each of them. 
    • Looks like the Wild moved Schroeder for....another Schroeder.  Maybe the new guy will be more consistent.   I see Evander Kane is on the trade market.  On the expensive side, but if the Wild decide to move Scandella instead of Dumba, that would free up more money.  A guy capable of scoring 30+ goals with some size would be sweet.     I am thinking Granlund and Nino each sign for in between 4-5$ mil each.  Hopefully less and hopefully Pominville will restructure a little.  Doesn't leave a ton of cap space for free agents or other guys.     Lots of moving parts in Chicago.  They seem to be moving a lot of parts around to try to work with their cap situation.  
  • Our Sponsors