I recently had to put some thought as to how I was going to heat my garage this winter so I could work on the many homestead projects I’ve got going on. In the past I used a kerosene salamander heater but I sold it this last summer because it wasn’t an ideal heat, to loud and expensive. They are an awesome heater for certain circumstances and mine kept my hands from freezing many winters.
I read a lot about rocket mass heaters and thought about building one of these as an option but my garage isn’t insulated and building something for efficiency didn’t seem to make much sense. I did want to use wood though since i have quite a bit laying around.
If your not sure what a rocket mass heater is, it is a combination of a rocket stove (an efficient, hot burning stove) and a thermal mass that heats up and retains the heat for a long period of time. Because these heaters have a large thermal mass they tend to take up a lot of space which is another reason it wouldn’t be ideal for my workshop.
For more information or to learn how to build one of these heaters go to Permies.com, many articles and building plans for heaters of this type.
So I decided to look at traditional wood stoves but they are expensive even the used ones I was finding on craigslist. So I decided to get a Barrel Stove Kit from Amazon and grab an old free steel barrel and build a wood stove.
Cast Iron Barrel Stove Kit From Amazon https://amzn.to/2tQkhgp
Finally got it all put together and installed and it’s working great. Soon to be enjoying the heat and finishing some projects!
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