I have a 20'x30' old shed that I'm turning into a office/workshop.
The office will occupy a 8'x15' corner of the workshop and be walled
off and insulated from the rest of the workshop. I was given a fairly
large wood burning stove by an uncle and I'm wondering how best to use
it to heat both office and workshop. The office will be my home
office and will house a couple of computers a desk and a couch. Right
now I have no insulation and no walls put in and the stove is sitting
in the corner not hooked up so I'm not fettered by any existing
construction. I will be insulating the walls and the ceiling
eventually. A couple of other factors. This is in central Illiois so
the winters can get pretty cold. The roof is a fairly flat slant and
pitches to the north only, it's just a one-way slant whatever that's
called. There is a big sliding door on the east side that I'm not
quite sure how I'm going to insulate yet. Several questions:
1) Is there a certain place to put the stove to get the best
distribution. I can probably put it along the shared wall of the
office and workshop to get a central location but I don't want to have
it in the way too much.
2) Can I distribute the heat by routing the exhaust pipe through the
building? Does that put off much heat itself and are the ways to help
3) Are the are any precautions I need to take if I route the exhaust
through the drywall walls from the workshop to the office?
4) Is it any better to send the exhaust out the wall than the roof?
I'm sure there are lots of other questions I should be asking as well
so I'd really appreciate any insightes you've got.
The simplest way is to not seal and insulate the partition
between the office and the rest of the shop. If you allow airflow,
(possible assisted by a fan), you can heat it like one big area.
Amazingly, it's called a "shed roof". As opposed to a "gable roof"
which looks like a monopoly house.
You CAN put a long run of stove-pipe in, but the more pipe you have,
and the more heat you suck out of it, the more creosote will condense
out on the walls, which means you're going to be cleaning the stovepipe
more often. If you go that route, put a sealable cleanout at each end of
the horizontal run, buy your own wire brush sized for your pipe, and
it monthly during the heating season. Another downside is that that long
run of stovepipe is likely to be in the way.
Other than using the special insulated fitting designed for that
If you don't mind a primitive looking setup, there's no particular
reason why you couldn't cannabalise a radiator and a big-ass water
tank, and build a gravity-fed, open-air system..
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