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Old 01-24-2011, 09:49 AM   #1
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To bring more space inside my house and run heat to more places, what is the code around building a shed on the side of the house and housing the furnace in it. The shed would be built on the side of the house and would run up to the attic where I can feed the heating down. The shed would be located next to the chimney so I can vent it right into the chimney like it is currently doing.

Its a oil furnace.

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Ayuh,... If this thing is an extension of the house, it ain't really a shed...
I'm sure you'll need to review your Local building codes to see if it can be done...

Another issue will be, if this is an Unconditioned space, the Heat Loss will be so High, the rest of the house will be Cold...
In other words, the hot air will be cold, before it gets where ya need it...

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I have seen furnaces installed outside a building, sometimes under a gazebo type roof.

Both the feed and the return lines (for both forced hot air or forced hot water) need to be insulated to minimize heat loss on the way to the building.
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The space will be enclosed, insulated and sheetrocked on the inside. The space would be uninhabitable because it is just designed to house the furnace.

What is the topic that I would look this up under for the local code?
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The space will be enclosed, insulated and sheetrocked on the inside. The space would be uninhabitable because it is just designed to house the furnace.

What is the topic that I would look this up under for the local code?
call your local city hall or building department.

If you live in a residential sub-division neighborhood I can pretty much hear them say no.

If you are in a climate where winters are even mild you will regret using ceiling registers. The warm air will usually float around waist level. You always feel cold from the waist down.
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