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Old January 9th, 2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default thinking of buying a barrel stove kit anyone use one?

i can get free steel 55 gallon oil barrels, thinking of buying a barrel stove kit to heat my 2 stall garage.

garage is a concrete block 2 stall, no insulation, plan on building a drop ceiling in the next couple months.

anyone have expierence with them?
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Old January 9th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #2
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I have been in barns with them and they were warm. Don't know much else.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #4
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Most insurance companies won't cover you with a woodstove in a barn or garage it seems

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Old January 9th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #5
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My dad had some years ago. Cheap heat. Always seemed to burn up the barrel. And of course hard to keep them air tight.
If you go with wood heat be safe,well with any flame in a garage. Seems like lately house fires have been cause by a fire starting in the garage.
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I have a double barrel kit in my garage, it gets the job done. I put a fan up so the heat circulates through out and not just in the area of the barrels.
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greasyhands had one in his old barn, it seemed to work.
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one of those little cast iron cook stoves will heat a 1.5 stall with no insulation. block wall, board roof. (about 24x12x18")

put a fan to blow across the exhaust vent, was an easy 65 when it was in the teens.

something that large shouldn't have a problem heating your garage, just that it takes up a lot of room.
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If your building something lookup what a rocket heater is and check out some examples.
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I got a 2 barrel in my garage for atleast 11 plus years, love it cheap. Poll building no insulation, steel walls, shingle roof, 24'x50'x8', 4stalls, 2 windows, 2 ceiling fans blowing down, & junk as insulations, top to bottom. Last two weeks cold weather, could only get it to 55. Bottom barrel==bricks in bottom, 2 bricks up sides, big hole in bottom barrel install a elec medium little fan from hardware store $120, 2 sheet metal screws. Plug in & pull out as needed. Have to have air to burn important real important. Works great!! Bottom barrel last 4 to 5 yrs. Top barrel 2 to 3yrs, replace. I live in my garage, 8 to 12hrs aday. Come up & see my junk we aren't that far apart. I also have 3 furnace fans behine stove, slow, medium, fast. Maybe u can give me some ideas on my junk rigs. I also cook on it. I use 2 face cord a month, $80, dry. Also amish wood, really need fan in barrel to burn, I like it for the money. But I'm a reject, with junk rigs.
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check with insurnace first.

I would just go buy a cheap, old wood burning stove off CL before I paid for a barrel kit that won't hold heat.
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I would just go buy a cheap, old wood burning stove off CL before I paid for a barrel kit that won't hold heat.
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I've had multiple barrel stoves over the years. An they work great! I had a single barrel for my cabin until It sold, an it heated the whole cabin quick an it stayed hot!! Lol I'd recomend a 2 or 3 barrel set up though. They hold heat longer an save you time an wood in the process!!
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We use one in a buddy's barn. Single barrel setup and it works great. His place is drafty as hell but when you get it going it keeps it at a reasonable temp.
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If your building something lookup what a rocket heater is and check out some examples.
a rocket heater looks alot cheaper to build than buying a barrel stove kit, i'm all about cheap.
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My insurance company (state farm) allows wood stoves in my barn, if I have permits / inspections. Check with yours.
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My insurance company (state farm) allows wood stoves in my barn, if I have permits / inspections. Check with yours.
For my home new construction about 12 years ago that meant having UL stickers.
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I would just go buy a cheap, old wood burning stove off CL before I paid for a barrel kit that won't hold heat.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 08:23 PM   #19
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You could have mr green come over and talk...with all the hot air that comes out of that aholes mouth your shop will be 90* at a blink of an eye
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