On Sun, 6 Nov 2005 04:49:20 -0800, Larry Blanchard
Mine's about 120 sq ft ...less until I get rid of the scrap wood. I
use a 220v barn heater if doing a short term job, but cank up the wood
stove if longer. I have a 120v baseboard heater chugging along on
bottom low all year to stop getting too hot/cold causing rust problems
[on the saw, not me], but not warm enough to work in. The shop is
well insulated. It has to be at 40 below. But with the stove on I
can live there, and have the boys in for some tall tales about what
we're gonna build.
I've been thinking of getting the HVAC company out to install a gas-
fired system for the garage, the kind with the flame stream separate
from the shop environment. But I think it's going to be kind of steep,
I guess around a grand or so.
Yeah, I've learned a lot here too. There are some guys here who really
know their stuff. Shucks, some even write articles that are published
Even the OT threads are amusing, but it's like spitting in the wind to
participate in them.
That squirrel cage and fan mtr should just slide out of the furnace. And
a new mtr should be available from granger . If not then a motor shop.
Cheaper than a new furnace. Also check some of the HVAC mechanics and
see if anyone is replacing a furnace . Maybe be able to buy it. But a
new 10 kw furnace might cost 5-6 hundred. Find a mechanic going into one
of the supply houses and offer him $50 if he will buy one from th supply
house for you. Not all will do it but just like fishing
you put the right bait out there you will get a bite. Course you need
cash for him to buy it. Give it a shot. How much the equipment in the
shop worth? $10 G s?
Need to protect it.
As well you should.. ;-)
Used to live in an older home - wood was the sole source of heat.
Didn't die - didn't pay a lot of money for fuel, either.
My turnings gone awry and scrap should be worth a _few_ BTU's.
winters. If it is all you have, it modifies your schedule--can't stay
gone more than 24 hours in NY winters without someone coming in to feed
the fire and haul ashes, etc. I had reached the stage where I bought
wood by the truckload--logging truck--to keep from having to chase it
down. A chainsaw, some splitting wedges and a couple mauls (at least a
couple as I have a real handle busting talent) and $150 would cover a
very warm winter.
And then there was the winter when the guy showed up with about a dozen
11-12" diameter sycamore logs. Green wasn't in it.
Shivered a lot with stuff. It's much better for woodworking.
I have 2 radiant heaters...
One is a two burner "MR. Heater" propane, the other is designed to be
mounted on a wall, has three ceramic elements that can be used like low,
medium and high. and also runs on propane. I made a rolling "stand" to mount
it, and carry two bottles with a self switching valve.
Placing one at each end of the area I'm working in does the job well.
The main disadvantage for me is the uninsulated metal roof will begin to
"rain" if they are left on for an extended period.
My building "leaks" enough air so carbon monoxide is not a threat, and I
avoid flammable sprays etc. if they are lit. A pic can be posted if you
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