Author Topic: 18 Days till Christmas.  (Read 379 times)


Re: 18 Days till Christmas.
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2022, 06:45:50 PM »
Where are you anyways? I'm thinking Arizona...?


Re: 18 Days till Christmas.
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2022, 07:58:50 AM »
How many of yours guys garages could handle a wood stove? And how many of you live in a place that would permit it?
I have a wood furnace in the wood shop piped into my shop. I burn wood all day and the oil furnace only runs at night. Fuel got really expensive this year.
I've decided wood burning is a fantastic way to heat. I enjoy every part of it. Used wood stoves are cheap and stove pipe can be too.

However, we have access to 100 years worth of firewood. So, that helps too...

We could get permitted for a wood stove in the shop, but the hoops (town codes)  to jump through are just impractical for us.  There's enough trees down by mother nature that free wood wouldn't be an issue..  A friend just replaced his waste oil heater with a newer model. Works very well and almost free heat. It was constructed to meet the State of Mass codes so it helps getting through the permitting / inspection process.
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Re: 18 Days till Christmas.
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2022, 11:10:27 AM »
Using wood to heat the shop could be fairly cheap fuel wise, if accessible, but other factors greatly add to the cost.
Aside for local ordinances and laws, there's the insurance issue with a high increase in premiums or complete loss of coverage if one is installed.
Options like outdoor boilers help with the insurance issue, but not regulations and they are very expensive to buy and install. I looked into one about 15 years ago. The boilers alone ran around the $10k price range and the insulated water piping was also expensive and the heat exchanger plenums.
As for plain old wood stoves, a quick search shows that a single length of single 24" length piece of wall black stove pipe (complete junk IMHO these days) from Menards runs $5.99. Add in the T-ee's, elbows, clean-outs, caps, and hangers, one could easily add $500+ to that of the stove.
Then there's the decision on running it all the time or as needed. For those of us that spend a very limited time in the shop, running a wood stove continuously doesn't make sense. If run intermittently, it's been my experience that the continued heating and subsequent cooling the machines and tools undergo results in even a worse issue with rust.
A big reason I've been looking to buy a bigger lathe is the need for a machine that can handle larger stock piece to make a pellet press.
While I believe the available Chinese made presses are both fairly expensive and total junk, making one is an option. That said, my research into the processing requirements for wood pellets is too complex to deal with. Processing and pressing corn stover is fairly easy and contains almost the same energy per pound as wood.
For me, access to corn stover is cheap, readily available, and easy to store. Burned in something like a Liberator rocket stove( with a pellet hopper allows for a once a day loading of pellets and requires no electronics or electricity.
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Re: 18 Days till Christmas.
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2022, 10:32:39 AM »
For Christmas I want some doors for my dad's shop. Stay tuned for the s#&t show shenanigans on another post.
As for heat, I have a 40 gallon stripped water heater that's getting dressed out to burn used motor oil. ( I currently have 2 55 gallon drums full)
It's right now 65*, and damp from the rain.