Heating a very cold art studio
October 12, 2010 2:35 AM Subscribe
I have an art studo that is going to get extremely cold during this winter but I need to keep using it. It's in an old factory, concrete walls and floor, relatively high ceilings (great in summer, not so in winter). I know that I will need to insulate as much as possible - windows, stop drafts etc - but I'm unsure about the best way to heat it once it is suitably closed up.
posted by halcorp to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Electricty is not an option as we did this last year and it is too expensive.
I have several parts to this question...
Firstly any general ideas for heating, cheaply??
Secondly, my studio mates are quite worried about heating with gas (propane/butane) considering that we are trying to close everything up as much as possible, but how dangerous is it really using these portable gas heaters? All the information I can find out is 'Use in a well ventalated area', which doesn't tell me much, and opening the window of my freezing cold studio kind of defeats the purpose of heating in the first place!
Does anyone know anything about the specifics of this. For instance, there are 2 rooms, one about 16sq metre (180sq feet), another about 10sq metres (110sq feet), both with about 3 metre (10 feet) high ceilings. How long could I heat in there without harming myself with carbon dioxide/ carbon monoxide? We are sealing it up pretty good but is that really going to make it that air tight? I should say I know about carbon monoxide detectors that I would consider getting if we went this route.
The last part is about wood fires. Small ones of these seem quite affordable, however the only chimney going out of the building is adjacent to the rooms, about 10 meters (30 feet) away. Obviously smoke wants to go up, but will it go 'across' if forced to? We are considering running a chimney along the ceiling to the chimney that goes through the roof, but I have serious concerns that the smoke will just blow back down. What kind of incline must it be at to allow the smoke to escape?
The other option for this would be to put the chimney out the window by removing a pane of glass - any ideas as to how or if this would work?
I should say now that unfortunately getting a professional in is not an option. We need to do this ourselves, but want to do it safely. Any feedback welcomed!