Best placement/location of pellet stove in pole barn?

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CigDude

New Member
Nov 19, 2021
8
Chicago
I have a 1200 sq foot woodshop that I heat with an Enviro ef 3
The shop is insulated to R24 in the walls and R40 in the roof
which is light for Eastern Ontario. The 8 by 10 door is
insulated and weather-stripped. I have no problem keeping
the shop temp at 70 ::F using 1 bag a day the pellets I buy are
Cubix at 6$ a bag. I have used propane, wood, and oil and I will
stay with pellets constant comfortable heat
Just my nickels worth.
my shop was originally that size (40x30) when I bought the house, but I added 20 feet to the back of the building to fit my bigger boat in, and that additional 600 square feet seems to be making this Hot Dawg run a bunch more. Are you 10 foot ceilings like me? Now that I think of it I need to check if my insulation is R19 or R25 version. I am not positive which and not sure if I can even tell by looking at it or not.
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
3,743
Eastern Ontario
my shop was originally that size (40x30) when I bought the house, but I added 20 feet to the back of the building to fit my bigger boat in, and that additional 600 square feet seems to be making this Hot Dawg run a bunch more. Are you 10 foot ceilings like me? Now that I think of it I need to check if my insulation is R19 or R25 version. I am not positive which and not sure if I can even tell by looking at it or not.
My ceilings are 12 ft with 2 ceiling fans
my paint booth is heated electrically so as to
maintain the temp necessary for drying finishes
and also draft-free but it is only 10 by 10 with a 10-foot ceiling
when not being used the pellet stove heats it
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,301
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
I’m in my 30x60 pole well insulated with 14’ ceilings. You can’t have a pellet or wood stove that is too big for occasionally heating a space like this.
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Ssyko

Minister of Fire
Nov 6, 2017
4,247
Lorraine NY
One thing to keep in mind, unless the shop is heated regularly(mine ran just like my home 24/7) you will be heating/warming up a big concrete slab, walls, ALL objects in the shop including the boats and sleds. A p68 or Maxx will heat your shop but you will have to run them on a more regular basis.
 

mtnbiker727

Burning Hunk
Mar 11, 2019
173
PA
Isn’t that how modern pellet stoves work?
Yeah, but I can only get 60 lbs of pellets (or something like that) in my P68, so to keep up with an open shop on a cold day, I'd run out of pellets every day. With the 14 bushel hopper on that furnace, you could probably fill it once a week. And 100,000 BTUs would heat his place a lot better than the 70,000ish BTUs of my pellet stove.
 

Jeremy6500

Member
Jan 22, 2021
108
Indiana
Isn’t that how modern pellet stoves work?
The theory is the same except the furnace is rated for more BTU. It is also designed to hook up to duct work to evenly heat the area and act like a central heat unit instead of a large space heater.
Pellet furnaces have larger room blowers to move a lot more air. Mine has 2x800cfm blowers vs the 265cfm blower on my PP130. Most pellet furnaces don’t blow as hot as a stove, but move a ton more air. If adding some simple heat runs in the barn is an option a pellet furnace would be a great option.

As far as having to refill the hopper. The PP60 has a 60lb hopper, so you would have to add a bag about every day if it was left running. I know they sell a hopper extension for the PP130, but I didn’t see one for the PP60. It would be easy to make one though if you wanted added pellet capacity. I plan on building one to add to mine.

In my opinion I see a number of options. I can’t tell you which would be best for you because only you know what is acceptable performance for you.

1. Decide how even you need the heat to be and then place the PP60 accordingly. If you like the way it is working for you hook it up to a thermostat using a pellet miser and build a hopper extension to hold more pellets.

2. You could put it at one end with the idea that you could add another one at the other end if it doesn’t heat evenly etc.

3. See if you can return it and get a larger/higher BTU unit.

4. Add some ducts and used a pellet furnace

5. Try the PP60. If it doesn’t work for you, sell it and get a bigger unit.