Woodburner in a woodshop??

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07-01-2010 10:15 PM

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So i’m getting ready to insulate my shop and install some heating so that i can continue working comfortably through the winter, the shop is 24×24 i believe. I like a woodburner because of the cheap heat and so on being that I have plenty of wood available to me for burning and those straight line rips leave you with plenty of kindling. I guess I just have a problem with having a woodburner in a woodshop. I’m kinda nervous about the thing to be honest my instincts tell me that it’ll be fine but i just wondered if i was overlooking any important safty issues regarding a woodburning stove in a room full of sawdust and scrap wood? anyone have two cents???

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 10:23 PM

I’d say as long as you have good dust collection, you’d probably be OK. But I personally wouldn’t do it…or need it, I live in southern California, where it might reach 30F. And my garage door faces the sun, so the garage is usually too hot.

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 10:32 PM

I have a woodburning stove in my shop. I also have a lot of common sense! It is a great way to get rid of my off cuts, I make a lot! I built the thing myself and in such a way that I can even burn my sawdust, contents of my DC bags. It is an unusual design I found in a old FW magazine. Works a treat.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 11:00 PM

Check with your insurance agent first, make sure it wont void your homeowners, or increase your rates.

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#4 posted 07-02-2010 08:37 AM

I have a wood burning stove in my shop for years and no problems at all. Just use common sense when burning, just like the common sense you use when working with your tools. I never have a roaring fire, but just a sensible fire fed off my wood scraps and sawdust. Towards the end of my woodworking day, I stop feeding the stove scraps and let it slowly burn out.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 09:06 AM

I can’t seem to think of anything better to have than a nice fire going while doing woodworking. Make sure you have good ventilation, keep combustible far enough away, and just keep it hot enough to be comfortable.

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#6 posted 07-03-2010 05:29 AM

Good stuff fella’s i’m gonna go ahead and find me a woodstove then. I figured it would be fine, i grew up with wood/coal heat so i am a big fan. This winter maybe i can actually look forward to getting into the shop!

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#7 posted 07-03-2010 06:09 AM

You can also use it to make coffee and heat up lunch. Just remember to clean the flue once or twice a year to keep the creosote down. That causes more fires than anything with wood stoves.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#8 posted 07-03-2010 07:44 PM

Just make certain you have some fire extinguishers that are charged up and ready to go.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 07-03-2010 10:25 PM

Check with a hardware store or box store. I think there is some stuff that you can burn in a fireplace or woodstove that helps eliminate creosote.

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#10 posted 07-04-2010 12:25 AM

Just don’t burn pine in it too much. It clogs the ducts with buildup (sap) and you can end up causing a chimney fire.

I simply make sure that dust collection is on and I am not blasting chips over to the stove.

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#11 posted 07-04-2010 02:02 AM

I also had a woodburning stove in the corner of my old 16×24 shop, and had a fire start due to a failure of a metal support in the chimney system, so I am very cautious about fire in the shop.

I couldn’t work in there for a week, just gave me an uneasy feeling.

Currently I use a gas tube (radiant) heater.

I agree with the insurance verification, very important!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 07-29-2010 09:24 AM

That’s easy, take it!

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#13 posted 08-22-2010 10:17 PM

I have a wood stove in mine as well. Like others said just use caution. Any source of heat can be dangerous if not used properly. I have my stove close to the front door since that area is wasted space. I also have it away from the wall. I have the smokestack away from any wood going through the roof. I used tin for the ceiling so there is no wood close. I also used the double pipe that has a inside pipe. The outside of the pipe is almost cool to the touch. If done properly it works great. I don’t have a shop dust collection but I do try to keep it clean. I have a cyclone dust collector that I made I intend to set up in the shop. I want it outside my workshop area in a covered part. I need to get a bigger blower for it so it will pull better.

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#14 posted 10-11-2010 08:09 PM

Woodstoves are not a safe sourse of heat in a wood shop – not only dust, but also chemical fumes are explosive, if you do any kind of finishing.
There have been just to many “near misses” I have seen to ever trust my shop, tools, home or my family to burning wood in my shop.

Watch around for an old direct vent natural gas or propane furnace – they are cheap to run, if you have a way to get gas to your shop, and they pull air from outside so you do not have to worry about dust or vapor explosions.
Just my $0.02.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#15 posted 10-11-2010 08:22 PM

Just don’t pile your cans of varnish on the stove and you should be ok! Seriously, I’d be careful about doing any finishing in the shop due to the vapours, otherwise a woodstove is a pretty safe way to heat the shop. My father in law has a 15×10 foot shop heated with a woodstove (which gets it way too hot) and it hasn’t caused him any trouble. Personally, if I had the room for a woodstove in my shop, I’d get one in an instant.

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