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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by GravelyGuy, Sep 3, 2012.
Best way to do it, also 5 times the cost.
If money was no object, I would have made it a drive thru building with doors on both ends so that there was no backing in. I also think it would be nice to have a second story to keep small things or anything without wheels with a small shop area underneath with an overhead door. This way you could heat a small area and work on things instead of heating the entire building.
I haven't been running the heat much until I get everything done because propane is $6 a gallon right now and the heat just pours out the ceiling. I have turned it on and it pretty easily gets the building up to 50 degrees when its below freezing even without the ceiling done. I got a large heater because I will not be leaving it on all the time and I wanted something that could get it up to temp quickly.
I chose a pole barn simply because for a building this tall it was a much more affordable way to go. If you are planning to have a pole barn done, I would first recommend getting laminated nailed/glued posts over solid 6x6 post. I would also be sure to get the building wrapped in house wrap when it's being built. So much easier this way. Also, make sure your builder uses trusses with a rating high enough to support a finished building. Oh and one more thing, ask to see buildings that your builder has put up and pay attention to small things like trim pieces. It's easy for them to cut corners and do sloppy work on trim pieces. This allows wind, water, and rodents to get in. Make sure that they use a piece of rat guard trim around the bottom. Some buildings they don't even put one along the bottom and mice can come right in like there isn't even a wall there.
No, I still have to do that once the ceiling is done. Planning on 15" for R38.
Spray foam is unbelievably expensive and it also voids your metal warranty if you spray it directly against the metal.
Did you look in to a waste oil heater prior to your purchase of the one you have? In any case, it'll be nice once you have your bigassfan installed and can run it in the winter to circulate the heat back down.
No I didn't, probably should have. Propane was $2 a gallon when I installed it. Now it's near $6 if you can even get it. Hopefully it doesn't stay like this.
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No kidding.. a wood stove and helpful fans to keep from running the furnace, but damned if the propane runs out the showers are going to be cold since the WH is propane.
If you have a good supply of wood, scrap pallets, free scrap anything to burn, the little stand alone stoves http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_346054_346054 might be a nice quick addition to your shop, add in a 24" fan to blow across it and a heat reclaimer http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200024974_200024974 and I bet it would heat up nicely.
A friend has that same setup in his 50x30 metal shop it works great. He looks for new construction and get all the scraps he can haul.
Thank you for the links. That's a good inexpensive idea.
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The ceiling is done!