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DeadCarp    Posted 12-30-2002 at 18:27:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Surprising how soon we forget things - whenever i read about insulation and furnace ratings, i naturally wonder how about NO insulation and just a stove. so today it was about 10 out, the wind was about 20, and i decided to slap a thermometer on the garage stove. (it's an old cabin heater with an ash pit, adjustable damper & blower, can't remember the brand) Once i got the thing lit, the top went to about 500 degrees and was merrily blowing away, after about an hour it was down to 300 so i jammed some old rugs & overcoats in there, she brightened right up and i had boxesful, so you know -- anyway i kept that thing (red in places) around 900 for another hour, and it knocked the chill off but really wasn't warming the place up! Granted i can see daylite along the garage eaves, it's a big room and isn't insulated, but that stove was just pounding away and couldn't keep up! And it was designed to produce heat! Makes me appreciate how much heat it takes sometimes ...... :)

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