<VV> Re: Garage Heating
Chris & Bill Strickland
lechevrier at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 24 13:11:39 EDT 2005
some comments on heating:
1) the chocolate chip heating system sounds delicious!! :)
2) what happened to wood stoves? no one has even mentioned them, or
the safety issues involved -- the son-in-law's family just burned down
Deer Camp, wood stove the likely culprit ...
3) radiant concrete slab heating -- has anyone ever used a ground
source heat pump (working backwards) to directly heat a slab (and cool
the out of doors)? I used to live where they had natural hot water
heating (geothermal) available, and saw many copper pipe hot water
heated concrete driveways (to melt the snow & ice) torn up for system
repair -- I understand that there is now a plastic tubing made for this
service that is far less troublesome.
4) we generally have mildish winters in the Willamette Valley of
western Oregon (where I now live), so are a bit lucky that way -- most
residential heat pumps are air-to-air here and work fine most of the
time, although many set ups do include supplemental electric heat. You
can poor a slab directly on just a gravel bed instead of having to
insulate under it, and shelter from wind and rain is generally more
important than insulation. Don't get me wrong -- I envy you cold
climate guys that simply *have* to build with insulation and heat for a
winter shop to be even usable -- I like working in a T-shirt, too, but
if a jacket is needed, I know how to dress in "layers ...
5) all you guys on the Gulf that have to build to hurricane standards
to shelter your Corvairs etc: Godspeed!
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