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Old 03-07-2014, 06:54 PM   #1
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I have a question;

I am thinking of building a double (one on top the other) 55 gallon wood burning heater for a part of a garage I want to turn into a Man Cave.

The space measures 13ft. wide X 20ft. long x 9ft. high. The space is already insulated from top to bottom.

Will this Wood Burning Heater be large enough to heat this space in reasonable time considering temps around here can reach 20 below 0 at times.??????

I could use Natural Gas, but I love the smell of a Wood Burner.

PS: I am also considering purchasing a heavy duty Stainless 55 gallon drum for the bottom drum. Is this advisable?????

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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I have a question;

I am thinking of building a double (one on top the other) 55 gallon wood burning heater for a part of a garage I want to turn into a Man Cave.

The space measures 13ft. wide X 20ft. long x 9ft. high. The space is already insulated from top to bottom.

Will this Wood Burning Heater be large enough to heat this space in reasonable time considering temps around here can reach 20 below 0 at times.??????

I could use Natural Gas, but I love the smell of a Wood Burner.

PS: I am also considering purchasing a heavy duty Stainless 55 gallon drum for the bottom drum. Is this advisable?????

Thanks for the advice.
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I've seen those but not in actual practice.

the problem I see with a drum is that they are too thin to stand constant direct heat. (picturing the dozens of warped drums on job sites for burning scrap.)

at the very least, you would need to put several inches of sand under the fire to avoid direct contact.
but I'm sure it would heat a room that size.(a fan may help spread the heat faster though)
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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or line them with fire bricks using fire cement, retains some heat as well.
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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For 2300 sqft? Overkill.

I got my wood stove here maybe you can find something.

http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Wood-S...es/Cook-Stoves
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:45 PM   #5
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I would use the barrels for water storage and use a wood burning heat exchanging type system to heat the water up, nice radiant heat storage. Engineer could probably devise you a system, thats what he does.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:03 PM   #6
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Hmm... I would try and get hold of old gas cylinders (the huge ones)




(If I even start to explain it would simply turn into a lengthy ramble
so I'll sketch it & leave it above... Yeah, probably makes no sense)

Generating heat is easy, not throwing it away with the smoke isn't,
you can very simply add a water heater to this system or hotplate,
run radiators etc... I'm going to start rambling...*stops typing here*
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:05 AM   #7
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That setup will more than heat an insulated cave that size. We use a double drum stove just like that to heat a wall tent twice that size nice and toasty in extreme cold here in Montana. Zero-g is right about the sand, and if you're going to heat constantly all through entire winters, you'll want a brick lined stove because the naked steel will eventually crumple. But for firing it up a week or two at a time, it will last for years and turn your insulated cave into a sweat lodge if you want it to, no matter how cold it gets.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:38 PM   #8
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That is a picture of a rocket or jet stove.
I have not used one but understand the principle.
Making wood gas to burn instead of only the wood.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:23 AM   #9
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Will this Wood Burning Heater be large enough to heat this space in reasonable time considering temps around here can reach 20 below 0 at times.??????
What were you building? An easy bake oven for you and your friends? Way over sized dude, it'll cook you unless you keep the fire small but then it takes more space than necessary. Use firebrick too if you build it.
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