I have propane heat. I am afraid the price will go up. I also have
propane hot water. Would it be possible to put a small wood firnace in
my attached garage to "supplment" heat to my house and also heat hot
water? This is just an idea I have. Can I vent the needed chimney out
the wall rather than have to cut a hole in my roof?
Open flame in close proximity with gasoline. Not the choice I would use.
Better check with the local building codes before you have an insurance
Insulation is usually the best bet for saving money. Additional insulation
in the attic is pretty cheap. I just had R-30 blown over what was all ready
in my attic. Slowed the cycling of the a/c down by about 1/3.
Gas water heaters are installed every day in Arizona in the garages, KB home
comes to mind. The heater sits on a 18 inch pedestal, required by the
building code. New gas water heaters are a lot safer than what was around
10 years ago.
Solid fueled heaters are not permitted in garages. Solid fuel, (wood, coal,
etc) cannot be immediately shut down and the embers may last of days after
the last time the fire was fed. National Fire Code.
Chimneys for wood burners are best if the go straight up through the
roof. There are a lot of reasons for this including draft, creosote
condensation, structural considerations, etc.
Payback time on most woodburners is at least three or four years and
furnaces are longer than that. If you are thinking "small," "cheap,"
"easy to install," and "money-saving" you are dreaming.
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