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Old 10-22-2015, 01:39 PM   #16
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IF only. There is a metal plate on the outside that probably had such info 100 years ago, but its been worn smooth.

However, it conservatively measures out at a bit over 4200 CI, or about 2.4 cubic feet.

So, not very big I guess.


20 is the ridge, near where the chimney will go. However, the whole building is pretty tall, with a boat/semi/RV parking spot and door, then a tall regular width door. Its probably as low as 16 ft at the edges.

I do not know the insulation type, except that its white, some kind of fibrous batting, and held in place by a sheet that looks vaguely like house wrap. my guess is its about 3-5 inches of some kind of cellulose fiber.

I'm in the process of tightening up the other openings for winter seal as well.
I really don't think ~2.4 cubic feet is gonna do it. If you were burning 24/7 it could keep the chill off in there, but trying for quick warm-ups that stove is way undersized for the space. You're looking at a rough average of 35-40,000 btus/hr for a burn cycle of that stove (assuming your install, wood & operation are good). Peak output might touch 80,000, but you can't really keep it there
Maybe keep you head up for a bigger old stove or wood furnace, but I would not spend the money on a chimney just to use that stove since a bigger stove may require a bigger flue size.
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I really don't think ~2.4 cubic feet is gonna do it. If you were burning 24/7 it could keep the chill off in there, but trying for quick warm-ups that stove is way undersized for the space. You're looking at a rough average of 35-40,000 btus/hr for a burn cycle of that stove (assuming your install, wood & operation are good). Peak output might touch 80,000, but you can't really keep it there
Maybe keep you head up for a bigger old stove or wood furnace, but I would not spend the money on a chimney just to use that stove since a bigger stove may require a bigger flue size.
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The stove uses a 6 inch chimney. Is it better, worse or the same if I were to use 8 inch chimney with an adapter to be a bit future proof? Aside from the 8" chimney costing more.
It sounds like if getting this heater and some kind of chimney is a done deal (which it effectively is), I might indeed be better off with an 8" chimney. Is that correct?
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:12 PM   #18
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Don't enlarge the chimney. Woodstoves are designed to work with a specific size, and enlarging it will adversely affect the stove's draft. Especially if you're talking about a 20+ foot chimney.
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So you have this free wood stove that will need to be stored somewhere and my guess, if it's anywhere near like my place, that somewhere will be in your shop and all that's remaining is a stove pipe to make it function, and of course a little wood.

At least when you aren't working fast enough to stay warm you can cut a little wood and have a place to back your back side up to for more warmth.

Then down the road possibly execute what's been suggested and build an inner , we'll call it your office, just inside the walk in door.I say go for it.
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Metal building, 20 foot high ceiling, wood stove might take 8 hours to warm it enough to be comfortable enough to work in it when its really cold outside.

You'll need some ceiling fans to get the heat back down to you. Might want to gt an LP furnace to help warm it up, and then let the wood stove maintain temp. Probably not what you wanted to hear though.
"beenthere" is dead on . The only thing I would add is this : If you try to heat that large of a building with wood then a good chunk of your life will be about firewood ! Cutting , hauling , splitting , stacking it . A LOT of time & work !
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Metal building, 1600 sf, 20 foot ceilings, by the time you get it warm enough to do anything you will be out of the mood to do it. Even with fans most of your heat will be right by the stove or up in the open air space well above your head. This would take a massive amount of wood with an undersized stove. I can see why a space heater would have no effect.

The wood stove would work if you had a way to zone off your work area and lower the ceiling.
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Have you considered better insulating the building? I have a 1700 square foot log home with a 24-ft cathedral ceiling throughout. Obviously, as a residence it's insulated to code (R-30 in the ceiling). I only run the woodstove for a few hours in the evening, and if I don't keep the fire small, it would make the house warm enough to drive us out. In the long run, even paying for pros to insulate your building would be cheaper than what you'd be spending on wood.
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