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Jim, thanks for chiming in. You bring up some good points. I'm not insulated and heated yet but plan on it happening. This all started when I started it up last week without an adequate warm up period. On a good note it fired up right now. On the down side it fill the bay with smoke, large door was open. Another positive, it should have killed any lingering mice!
Dale, I hope you got those little buggers If you aren't set up for heating the place yet but plan on it, I guess I would just go with the sealed system to the exterior from the get go. a 3" flexible aluminum vent pipe to an aluminum dryer type vent outside will fix the generator and the aquahot issue. You could use a Y connection to the outside line. Aluminum tape will stand the heat and seal thing up pretty well. A CO2 detector would still be in order to be safe. As far as the engine exhaust the 6" flex would be the biggest challenge economically. Maybe a duct booster fan inside a 6" galvanized pipe just placed over the exhaust tip and then directed outdoors?
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Dale, since you live in the same climate as I do, discharging all that air to the great outdoors, I would lose all my heat from the barn in the winter. The ideas mentioned so far are all not just selecting exhaust gases but inside heated air also. I have taken flex pipe and foil tape to exhaust generator exhaust gases outside. With a sealed system only the exhaust gases will be sent out and not heated garage air along with it. ...... Just my opinion but a sealed exhaust system seems preferable in our climate.
Finally took your method of exhausting aquahot using flex pipe Jim. Seems to work quite well. I wrapped and clamped tinfoil around slip on fitting at aquahot, only wished I would have done that step before firing it up. Dang think gets awfully hot! Next I'll do same with generator.
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I rotated the images ... nice pole barn!
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Thanks for rotating pictures, when I use phone it does stuff like that.
Thanks for commenting on barn, my goal next is to insulate and put white steel on inside. The back butts up to my workshop which is convenient also.
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Thanks for rotating pictures, when I use phone it does stuff like that.
Thanks for commenting on barn, my goal next is to insulate and put white steel on inside. The back butts up to my workshop which is convenient also.
I had mine spray foamed last year and and all new insulated doors. Boy what a difference that made. I'm now looking at options on interior siding, what are the specs on the white steel panels?
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Finally took your method of exhausting aquahot using flex pipe Jim. Seems to work quite well. I wrapped and clamped tinfoil around slip on fitting at aquahot, only wished I would have done that step before firing it up. Dang think gets awfully hot! Next I'll do same with generator.
Glad it worked out good for you Dale. Since you and Clint were talking about the barn, I have a steel building like yours and I insulated it. The ceiling has the steel panels but I used 9/16 OSB for the sidewalls. The reason was purely for ease of mounting things on the walls. It is completely smooth and no ribs like the steel. It also makes using peg board hooks easy to hang things. Just drill a hole or two for some hooks and you done. And at times I am not too careful and the steel is not as forgiving as the OSB. This is what worked for me.
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Nice idea Jim. What did you use for insulation? I would like to use closed cell foam on walls, but is quite expensive, may look for more economical alternative. Thinking blown cellulose in ceiling.
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Nice idea Jim. What did you use for insulation? I would like to use closed cell foam on walls, but is quite expensive, may look for more economical alternative. Thinking blown cellulose in ceiling.
I used R-30 craft faced roll insulation in the ceiling and I think it was R-25 in the walls. I wanted to foam the whole thing too, but just way too expensive. Blown in in ceiling is fine, but I just went simple. I have insulated 16x8 for the cars and 10 x14 for the bus, doors. I use a pellet stove to heat the entire 2,700 sq. ft. It keeps it at about 55° generally and never under 40°. I like it at about 55° for working out there. I just wished I could keep it there in the summer
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In the southwest we see people vent the sewer vent with flex hanging from the ceiling
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Nice idea Jim. What did you use for insulation? I would like to use closed cell foam on walls, but is quite expensive, may look for more economical alternative. Thinking blown cellulose in ceiling.
I bought a gigantic pile of foam, most tapered from a roofing contractor that was going out of business for my pole shed. Cost was about a dime per board foot.

Watch craigslist for this type of used material. Not quite as air tight as sprayed foam but at 1/10th the cost, I was willing to give up a little tightness.

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