Many years ago I heated the shop with wood but I didn't like babysitting the stove. Really didn't have a place to cut wood plus its hard to regulate the draft on the old boxwood stove I used back then. Switched to propane with a room heater I got out of the dump from a house that was being torn down to make way for an auto shop. Got along great for many years with that setup. In recent years my propane supplier really rips people off with the 100 pound cylinders. They must want to phaze them out so as to not have to mess with them. $95 to fill the cylinder and thats approx. 33 gallon of propane. CRAZY high!
Im a tightwad!
So this year I went back to wood heat for the shop. There are several dead trees around here that need removed anyhow so its a win/win situation.
You'll never guess where I found this wood stove. The city dump. It was rotted out around the back and needed some TLC, but it was free. Here it is before I started.
This was just laying out back for at least a decade exposed to the weather. I know that didn't help it but the cast parts aren't going to rot out anyhow. Once I got it in the shop and looked-er over good I could see all the seams were rusting and pushing apart where it'd be hard to control the draft. I took every joint apart and cleaned the mating surfaces.
With new bolts it went back together and sealed nicely. All the years I was growing up we had an oval shaped stove in our house almost identical to this one. Only difference is this one doesn't have the glass in the door so you can't see the flame without opening the door. I used left over 20 gauge sheet metal from another project. In the rear center of the stoves sheetmetal there was a cast iron piece that bolted directly to the sheetmetal to keep the concentration of heat off the sheetmetal. it was in bad shape and VERY heavy so I left it out. Won't know for a season or two if that was a good idea or not. Being so heavy it would likely warp the sheetmetal and cause problems. The nearly identical stove we heated our house with didn't have that piece. Here is the new sheet ready for the front to be installed.
I didn't take a pic of the finished product but today was its trial run. My shop is 14 X 24 feet old wooden one car garage with not much insulation. The roof has some but nothing on the walls and the swing out style doors are impossible to seal. When its real cold or windy out I hang a heavy canvas tarp over the drive in doors. There is also a walk in door that is drafty and the building has a couple of windows. I installed very nice double pane windows a few years back. Take a wild guess where I got them? Yup, The city dump.
Anyhow, my wood is kind of wet from recent rains so I had to keep the vents open and keep the fire up just to keep it burning today. It was mid 30's [F] and no wind today. 80 degrees inside the shop. had to open the walk in door some. Once my wood supply dries out I can regulate the heat much better.
If I remember, I'll get a pic of the finished product installed tomorrow.
Edited by Gtractor, November 28, 2015 - 11:24 PM.