Coal stove in the wood shop

Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: Grinder On: Thu May 22, 2008 8:31 pm

Putting in a 30'x40' woodworking shop this summer and want to use a stoker for heat. Any thoughts, comment or suggestions would be appreciated. I have a coal stove in the house, so I'm not looking for basic stove info. I'm looking for specific info about safely using the stove in a dusty environment. Such as, should I house the stove in a separate room with a filtered intake and the heat ducted into the shop? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Grinder
 
Stove/Furnace Make: KeyStoker
Stove/Furnace Model: 90

Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: stoker-man On: Thu May 22, 2008 9:13 pm

I always had an operating wood stove in my woodworking shop. I have dust collection equipment, so there was never a cloud of dust in the air. If I was operating the drum sander, I would crack the garage door. Same thing when I was using solvent finishes.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri May 23, 2008 2:42 am

While the dust from wood working is potentially flamable or explosive,, it more importantly is dangerous to your health.. I would make sure to install some basic dust collecting equipment..

In addition to dust collecting,, it never hurts to have a dedicated outside air source to any stove or burning appliance,, it keeps the cold air infiltration to a minimum, making the building warmer..

Since you are building this shop new, I HIGHLY recommend installing hot water heat in the floor.. keeping the floor at about 50-60* will give you about 40-50* air temps, and most importantly,, WARM FEET... This is how I heat my 40x60' shop... mine isn't insulated very well, and has four rollup doors,, so I get a lot of air infiltration when the wind blows.. but with warm feet, I can work comfortably with just a flannel shirt and cap...

You can always add forced air from an overhead 'Modine' air unit,, but haveing warm floors is quite reasonable to install, and makes for a very comfortable shop,, all the equipment stays around 50*, and you don't get condensation on the machinery from the heated air of a forced air system...

If this is an idea you will consider I'll provide more details on how to do it,, I've installed three heated floor systems...

Greg L
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Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: sauerzbr On: Fri May 23, 2008 7:07 am

Floor heat is the way to go! More cost and installation time though. As for a stoker, it blows a LOT of air around and if you working in a dusty environment, I'd think it would only compound the issue. You'd have dirt on every surface in the shop.

I have hotwater baseboard in my house and then I added a stoker to the basement and our one complaint is the amount of dust the stoker blows around.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono Top Vent

Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: stoker-man On: Fri May 23, 2008 10:49 am

Where does the dust come from from your stoker? A stoker boiler shouldn't have dust blowing around.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: Sting On: Fri May 23, 2008 11:00 am

A scorching air furnace can help to control dust -- thats what furnace filters are for and they protect the exchanger/blower fans. But there are better ways. :?

I prefer a wet system.
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Other Heating: BurnHAM=NG-gas

Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: Grinder On: Fri May 23, 2008 6:00 pm

I would love in floor heat, just can't afford the expense. Plus, I already have a Harmon Magnum that's looking for a home. I'll probably put down sleepers, foam insulation and 3/4" T&G ply, to make to concrete floor more bearable. I'm going to spend extra on insulation and Tyvek to help keep down on the drafts. Dust collection is going to be a 3 horse cyclone. Would a cold air intake be going to just the combustion motor or the blower too?
Grinder
 
Stove/Furnace Make: KeyStoker
Stove/Furnace Model: 90

Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri May 23, 2008 6:44 pm

Combustion motor only gets the fresh outside air,, the distribution blower should recirculate warm air from the shop .. you want to reheat the warm shop air if possible.

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Coal stove in the wood shop

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri May 23, 2008 7:49 pm

The materials should be less than 90 cents a square foot for a slab radiant floor system. You should at least put the pipe in the concrete for the future install of that boiler. Then you could heat both the house and shop with one boiler.
These guys are DIY friendly.
Link:

http://www.radiantec.com/pricing/ballpark-estimates.php
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