Outdoor Wood Burning Garage Heater – Heat Your Garage For Free Using a Car Radiator!

Outdoor Wood Burning Garage Heater - Heat Your Garage For Free Using a Car Radiator!
Check out this video to see a home-made outdoor wood burning boiler system used to heat our garage. I have been excited to get this put together ever since I built our wood burning pool heater earlier this spring. I realized that with the same setup I was using for the pool I could also heat water for an indoor heat system. All I needed was some sort of indoor radiator and fan and some underground tubing to cycle the water through.
I am planning to expand my small garage wood shop this winter and did not want to have to run an electric heater all the time to heat the garage. My other options were to purchase a small propane heater, kerosene heater, or some other type of more powerful heat system but those cost money and money is always in short supply around here! So I decided on the wood burning heater instead. In most cases people will just put the barrel stove right in the garage, and that is a very efficient way of heating. However, my insurance company would not allow any wood burning stove (especially a home-made one) inside the home. So this is where the wood burning boiler system design works the best. Although it is not quite as efficient as having the wood burner right in the garage it works very well to heat up our small insulated garage.

Barrel Stove kit – http://amzn.to/1WFrcUp

Pex crimper can be found here – http://amzn.to/1DJ1yF3
Pex tubing – http://amzn.to/1weBdts
Pex clamps – http://amzn.to/16qdvR0
Similar Windows Fan as I used – http://amzn.to/1GR6xS2
Coolant – http://amzn.to/1x4RAHH
Submersible Pump – http://amzn.to/1IGEYL1

Visit the Simple Suburban General Store for more products used on the homestead – http://astore.amazon.com/simpsubulivi-20

For more information on this and more sustainable projects please visit www.simplesuburbanliving.com

Outdoor Wood Burning Garage Heater – Heat Your Garage For Free Using a Car Radiator!

16 thoughts on “Outdoor Wood Burning Garage Heater – Heat Your Garage For Free Using a Car Radiator!”

  1. You could make it so it thermosyphons all the fluid and leave out the pump all together by adding a storage tank in the loop. Only electric cost would be the fan.

  2. it would be nice if you did a video on how you made your barrel and how the plumbing goes through the barrel

  3. Have you thought about putting a water to air heat exchanger in your furnace plenum and heating with that?

  4. The screw clamps may be cheap but shouldn't you factor in replacement cost after clamps rot and fail. These clamps are not for use underground

  5. While I love the idea of a barrel stove functioning as a "boiler" to heat the garage, I don't think the sump pump is going to last very long. I think the small id barbed fittings along with the "long" run of pex/copper tubing, added to the fact that those pumps don't have a very long duty cycle. Personally, I'd use a circulation pump like this and get creative with fittings.

  6. would it be cheaper to buy an electric heater? instead you dig up your lawn, drill holes in your house and still need to plug in a pump and fan and burn wood. or you could buy a little heater at target for less money and is likely more efficient…

  7. Great idea. if you put a tee and two shutoff valves on each line at the stove end you will not have to disconnect and switch over each line each season.

Comments are closed.