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Heating a garage workshop/studio


#1

Our first year doing this we ran up the electric bill so bad we were
unable to pay it the first month! We had used a variety of electric
heaters.

We now have a wonderful heated workshop, all thanks to a great
woodstove we bought from Tractor Supply. They sell farm equipment,
etc. It cost us close to approximately $200. They are located in
Texas. However, there are probably other similar companys in other
states that also offer these woodstoves very reasonable. They are a
seasonable item. My husband even has his friends over to watch the
ballgames in the workshop it’s so comfortable. He helps me out a lot
as he enjoys cooking on it, also, with our cast iron skillet and pot,
and don’t forget the “cowboy” coffee!

We have found a lot of free firewood, besides in the country, also
stacked up out on the street in front of residential homes (after
they have trimmed trees or in some cases cut them down). Seasoned
oak burns best. You can also find real reasonable firewood over the
internet, besides sometimes in the Thirfty Nickel newspaper.

This has allowed us to work very comfortably all winter, even when
we have had snow and ice. It is also what we have been able to
afford.

I had the woodstove put in the center of the two car garage, far
enough away from my torch, so as not to cause a problem. The
woodstove has, I guess you would call it duct work, a pipe from the
stove that runs straight up to the ceiling and then horrizontally for
a little bit until it goes back straight up again venting outside.

Sharon Perdaosfpy


#2

I can tell you a really great source of free firewood:

Pallets. The shipping pallets that a lot of manufacturers use for
their products are often made of oak, beech and mahogany. I regularly
use this materials for the cabinetry and furniture making I do at
home. The scraps get burned for heat, BBQ and almost anything else I
do.

Watch for staples and nails, but with a wood planer ( Makita) these
small pieces of wood become very beautiful.

I made 4 pc sets of wooden spoons on with a 4 1/2 inch bench grinder
and a bunch of templates and a jig saw, cutting the outside shape and
then rounding the handles and hollowing the spoon part with the
grinder, with different grits, and a small hand sander.

I made about 14 sets and gave everyone oak wooden spoons for kitchen
utensils. Some are still in use after 8 years, they dont scratch
teflon pans, and I have been asked to make more. I desperately need a
shop.

Cheers… Tim