|Forum topic by americanwoodworker||posted 07-03-2012 02:55 PM||1724 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
07-03-2012 02:55 PM
I am just now really getting into woodworking. I saved up for many years to build a dedicated shop for woodworking. Shopped around for a building and decided on a metal building. Since I would be doing all the work myself. I settled on a building from American Steel Span due to the price and construction method. Big mistake. I get the building in and find out I need special shaped rebar pieces and Special grade rebar. I talked to the manufacturer and they say well you can avoid that and just buy so and so for an additional few thousand dollars. I opted for ingenuity and shape the bars myself.
Then I decide it’s time to insulate and what do you know. For an additional thousand dollars I can get the special pins to attach insulation. I thought it would only be a hundred bucks or so. So after months of research I finally found something that is not as good but will work. Then I realize I cannot attach nothing to walls like shelving or the ceiling so all shelving has to be built free standing. Which adds up. So all in all I should have stuck with a stick built shop where everything you buy is based on that type of construction. Lesson Learned.
Now I get to the heating side of things. After speaking with my insurance company they say it would be better for an exterior type stove do too flammable finishes and wood dust. I spent hours on building an extremely safe outdoor wood burning stove only to be told they would rather it inside because what if the door blows open and I don’t know it. So I move it inside. They then say well it’s not UL approved so they can’t allow it. So I trade with a buddy of mine for a smaller “UL approved” stove. They then say well I can’t have any flammables inside the building and that they changed their mind and won’t allow a wood burning stove at all in a building.
Now I am shopping for new insurance and the best I can come up with is $500 more per year. The Ins. I have is a good company. They were very pleasant to work with during our tornado damage. So the extra cost doesn’t necessarily mean I will get a better ins. comp. to deal with. Now I am debating on just going natural gas heating since my purpose of a wood stove was to save money on heating bills. But why go through the extra labor to cut firewood when I won’t be saving really any money?
So now what? Do I go natural gas or just continue on the path of wood? What are your thoughts? What do you use?
Also, do any of you cool your shop, or just stay out of it when it gets hot? Right now outside temp is around 115 and inside the shop is around 95 to 100.
Thanks for reading my rant. Just very frustrated. I want to really start working wood, not a big empty shop to look at all day because I can’t use it.
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