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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-08-2005, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Question Wood Burning Stove - question for stove users

Hello all first time poster here. Been lurking a while - and learning alot!

I have a very ideal shed (L-shaped 10'x30'X10'x30') I am converting to mostly a woodworking shop. Starting to get cold here so I'm thinking warm thoughts

I have a monster 130K BTU torpedo heater but that thing sucks fuel and electricity faster than I can afford, so I'm thinking of getting one of those little wood burning stoves like you see at northerntool or wherever for around $130.

My first question - how far away do I need to keep my powered tools and cabinets away from this thing? Is 4 feet enough or am I asking for trouble with extreme heat damage?

Also - my thought is this will be in one of the far corners of the shed - I was thinking of surrounding it on the two wall walls with some galvanized sheet - to reflect heat. But should I also leave a gap behind this sheet and a gap at the bottom to facilitate air flow or would that make things worse behind the sheet? The walls are 1/4 inch peg board with insulation behind them.

Any other additional pointers are appreciated. Never dealt with a wood stove before so thanks again.
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I don't know where you are located but there are a few things to be considered. You are correct in understanding that there is potential for disaster. Most free- standing stoves require some type of non- flammable barrier above the floor and against walls. Also, you will need a chimney pipe that is insulated to not directly contact your walls and siding in a way that convection could ignite.
Check out the building codes in your area. Also, use only very dry wood. Some wood stoves can hold fire for hours. Green wood is only asking for trouble. -Derek
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should make a good woodworking shop... I have a wood stove in my garage and its located under the house,,, works out good,,, and besides its a good place to get rid of your scrap.... or projects that turned out to be less then ya had hoped they would,,, The walls are insulated and drywalled,,, It had to be fire resistant type since it had connecting walls with the living space, and behind the stove, I have another piece of drywall mounted on blocks that hold it about 1 or more inches from the existing wall for air movment to keep the wall cool,,, works good. I would suggest you put a couple of cheap fans behind, and above the stove, to get the heat circulated quickly around the room,, that will help a lot. And since you have quite a bend in your shop,,, you may need the air flow to push the heat around the corner and keep that end of the shop comfortable.
Fibertech is right,,, follow the codes and use common sense and you will be ok,,, Green wood does produce more Creasote build up in your chimney, so you should moniter the chimney for that,,, chimney fires are a bad thing you do not want to see,, and, besides, you would be disapointed in the amount of heat you would get out of the fire using green wood, anyway,,, if you got it to burn at all.
Wood heat does produce a nice comfortable kind of heat when you get a nice fire going and the heat spread around the shop,.,, but there is a bit of work behind that,,, I have access to a wood supply, so I see it as free heat, if I do not count my labor. and like I said before,,,its a good place to get rid of some scrap and get a bit of use out of that.


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Welcome to the forums bretwalda. First of all a wood stove should be 3' away from in all directions away from the wall. I would personally put up a block chimney with a terracata flue less corosion and make sure it has a clean out door on the bottom so that like Terry said to clean it every year because of creasote. I probablly if it were me I would use brick but you could get away with masonry board that they use in bathrooms and flooring. I'd keep a space in between the wall and that.


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An important item to check is whether your insurance covers a wood burner.
Many policies specifically forbid any use of a wood burner.
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Routerbit that's a new one on me. Would have never thought of that insurance. Man they get you coming and going what a racket.


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Thanks guys - good call on the insurance. Didn't think of that - my house isn't even close to my shed - but everyone else's is. I'll have to check on that.

Been looking into a chimney system that will be better than adequate - and the cost involved in that part alone may make it not worth the switch. ~$300 for a through the roof chimney system!!! And thats just the part that will pass through the roof.

In the meantime that torpedo heater sure does get it toasty pretty fast in there. I know I paid $2.50/gal for kerosene last year - can't wait to see what its going for now - well ok, I can wait
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I live in Yahk B.C. and we get about 20 feet of snow in the winter. At night we go down to minus 15 degress. I have a big wood burning stove out in my work shop. I also got a cheap big fan which I have sitting on top of the stove just behind the exhaust tube with a built in dimmer switch to slow the fan down. I use the fan to move the warm air around. Most of my tools a up against the west wall and my stove is on the east wall. I have a work bench about 1 foot away from the stove which I have my cnc carver machine on. The heat is no problem. Just use common sense with your tools. Place them at least 2 to 3 feet away from the stove. When you pick up a stove that is by the stove if it is hot you know your to close. John- the Wood Butcher.
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If your shed is getting cold and the cost of fuel is getting a bit sharp for you have you considered insulating the shed?
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Lots of good advice here. I don't know where you are exactly, but many municipalities in British Columbia don't allow wood burning stoves because of air quality issues. I live in a rural area with no gas lines so it is not an issue there. My primary source of heat is wood and it is getting trickier every year to find an insurance company that will insure me. In order to get insurance, I have to have my heater and chimney inspected by a W.E.T.T. certified inspector (Wood Energy Technology Transfer).
A good site to check is The Wood Heat Organization - A Non Commercial Service In Support Of Woodheat. On the site menu at the left hand side go to "Wood heating safety" and on the next screen pick "Installation clearances for wood stoves" and "Installation rules for flue pipes".
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