Lyvia Dequincey wrote:I would say first thing is windows on the south and insulate the north, but then I'm in Virginia.
Allen Lumley wrote: What is the round cap on the top of your office ! It looks like it might be there for ventilation, blocking it in such a way that it could be removed easily the 1st time you over-heat
your office will be a natural that will pay you back for the time you put in it !
Allen Lumley wrote: You are probably going to have to move the shelving to another location! In the third picture you have a piece of what looks to be a re-cycled piece of metal roofing, in the picture
it looks like it is fastened down directly to the wall ! THIS IS WRONG !You most have and air space of 2''-3'' between the metal and the wooden wall though you can get away
with short narrow pieces of wood to give you that spacing! A little wider than what I see would be Much safer ! Notice the Way the paint is chipped and cracked at a hot spot at the
place where the Ceramic Thimble enters the living space from he outside chimney, A larger hole around the Ceramic Thimble is better than what you have here ! A mirror surface
or at least a light color is best !
The picture also tells me that at some point there was probably another larger piece of metal flashing or roofing, below the 1st one ! There has been a past problem will water vapor
condensing out of the air against the cold outside wall lifting the paint and starting to rot the wood at floor level ! Again, the stand-off of the lite-colored flashing from the wall allowing
an air exchange is the solution to this problem ! This is counter intuitive to some people ! As long as the air gap is there and the material is light colored,it can even be a sheet of
mylar, heavy weight aluminum foil, or roll flashing ! The gaps should be complete (though they can overlap ) at the top and bottom and generally open at the sides,
Consider going to a farm supply store and asking them for the cheapest ceramic or insulative plastic shapes that can be used for stand offs !
Allen Lumley wrote: Your outside door is in terrible shape mostly because it is a hollow core interior door...
Allen Lumley wrote: I always recommend the storage of at least one heating seasons wood fuel ahead, protected, out of the weather, You have a beautiful Car Port To store your fuel out of the weather,
I am strongly recommending that you cover the back wall of the Car Port with a tarp, extending it from the car port to the closest side of 'your office', the tarp will act as a wind break
and save you a 1/2 cord or more in fuel ! Another piece of tarp going back to the next near corner of the Car Port would be even better !
Allen Lumley wrote: The worst case - you go to work in a snowmobile suit and never leave the yard !
Peter Berg wrote: The floor of the office-to-be is wood, plus you are not living in there. A mass heater isn't suitable when you are away from it more often than not. When it is a rocket of some sort you want you could build one of my experimental models. See this webpage of Donkey's forum, the first page is showing a drawing.
You could build the j-tube yourself or use a 4" commercial dragon core. Should be powerful enough to heat the place, is only hot when you keep feeding it. Of course, there are other stoves which could do the job, but they need a lot more fuel and won't burn as cleanly as an optimized rocket heater. The other side of the coin: not possible to use cord wood, the pieces of wood shouldn't be wider than 1" square approxmately. Splitting wood that thin for the entire working day would consume about half an hour or you could use branches.
Michael Cox wrote: Alternatively, do you need to heat the whole space? What about using an electric mattress topper and giving yourself a heated seat.
Also, why not insulate it? At the very least you could plug a lot of drafts, and perhaps staple some fiber insulation to the internal walls.