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Old 06-13-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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Hi,

The family farm in Door County, WI has a 100+ year old grainery I am looking to convert into a hunting shack. The grainery has never had heat to it. The stone foundation is crumbled enough to allow 2-3' free air flow under the grainery. We plan on starting by sanding the oak plank floors and finishing them, closing up any drafts and replacing/adding windows. We are then going to add a wood burning stove for heat. Among many concerns, should I be worried about the new weatherization of the old building and the introduction of heat? There will be a small upstairs for sleeping accomodations with 3-4' sidewalls and a 7' peak, with an opening in the floor to allow heat up.

Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
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You should be able to close that space in----Do you have any pictures? that will help.

Getting some insulation into the place will help---Mice proofing it will be a challenge.---Mike---

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I will have photos in the upcoming weeks. Thanks for the reply. Insulation is in phase II. Phase I is cold...
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One of my best friends live in Green Bay-----He lives to hunt----and he's handy with tools!

Give me the word and I'll hook you up.

He holds several state championship skeet shooting records. ---Mike---
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A wood burning stove is great heat, but add an air intake pipe to furnace area so that cold outside air is used for combustion, and not the warmer room air.

Also add (it's cheap) a heat manifold/blower that will circulate warm air from around the stove itself and distribute it further away.

If you're away from powerlines you can do it pretty cheaply with a 12 or 24 volt deep cycle battery. Your choice for electrical charging of the battery: PV or a small wind generator.

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