My comment about the price of propane for my shop stirred quite a bit of discussion… Rather than answer each comment I will just throw out some information.
I just moved into my new shop last week. I moved into a new shop and moving didn’t involve very much. I burned my shop up-- all but the steel Quonset structure which only lost it’s end walls. The insurance company said I had complete replacement cost on my house but out buildings are only insured at about 20%. Fortunately, I guess, they gave me about 20% on the contents of the shop. I was afraid they were going to say I should have taken out a special rider for all of the tools, and equipment. They have sent out notices about getting riders for jewellery, guns, collectables,etc. Equipment that was Thousands of dollars of Snap-on tools, 4 tractors, 5 welders, 3 oxy/acet sets, 4 lawn mowers, 4 motor cycles, couple of thousand feet of lumber etc, etc. Fortunately, it was not caused by my wood stove in the old shop, but my own doing with a torch. The tools that I did move in, amounted to the small tool box that was normally on one of the tractors for break downs in the field. Fortunately, that box was in the house for some honey do jobs.
JO, I wish I had been able to make a plan on my wg project, but to busy getting the shop rebuilt. Also, I can’t set in a char in the house and “think”" about my truck. I have to have it right in front of me to think it a through. I am moving again, but not with a good complete plan.
Gary and Sean; It is not easy to punch a hole in the roof of a Quonset building and seal a chimney to it. In my old shop I had a 20 ft. by 8 in. diam corrugated culvert sitting on end with a hole part way up for the stove pipe. Worked great for over 20 years but I didn’t think to put an ash door in it and it started filling up with ash which rusted the pipe out at ground level. I built an outside wood boiler several years ago, but when I had a heart attach I had to tell my wife how to go back to the NG boiler. The wood boiler froze up and broke some stuff in it. When I wired my shop this time, I decided as long as I wasn’t using the outside boiler, I would run the electricity from the house to the shop through the buried water pipes rather than dig ditches.
Before I built my house, I was living in a mobile home. It was a bad winter and the supply of propane got low, and the distributors gouged us. I got one of those “add on” wood furnaces and set it up by the mobile. I cut a 10 inch hole in the wall of the mobile and put one big heat duct into the house. It work good other than the “add on” furnace didn’t hold much wood. I’m thinking that I could do that with my shop. But for now, my only concern is getting my truck running on wood. Tom C