Buying and installing a small wood stove for garage use is a great way to add another useful space to your home when the weather turns cold. Adding a wood stove in your garage makes it a more comfortable place to use to work on cars, as a workshop or even a man cave. A wood stove can be put in an attached or detached garage.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right wood stove for your garage space. Below are the number of factors that you should look into when finding the perfect wood stove for your garage.
What to Look for in a Garage Wood Stove
You’ve got plenty of options and features to consider.
Type: Catalytic vs Non-catalytic Wood Stoves
The type of wood stove you choose will depend on what you are looking for and how much you plan to spend. You can buy a catalytic or a non-catalytic wood stove. On average, catalytic wood stoves cost around three times as much as non-catalytic wood stove, but they are also much more efficient, burn cleaner since they burn more thoroughly, many burn a lot longer than non-catalytic wood stoves.
A catalytic wood stove for garage use is a better choice if it will be kept fed with wood for prolonged, overnight heating. Non-catalytic wood stoves are recommended when you plan to start a fire, use the garage, and then let the fire go out.
Catalytic stoves burn the fuel more thoroughly, so they’re more efficient and you get more BTUs for the money you spend on wood.
The higher the efficiency, the more heat will be emitted by the stove for the same amount of wood. Not only will a higher efficiency wood stove give you more heat, but you also will have less heat loss.
The most common and cost-effective type of wood stove for your garage using actual split wood for the fuel source. There are other options to consider, too. Pellet wood stoves are becoming more popular and are another good option. Some wood stoves are multi-fuel stoves that can use wood pellets, corn, or other types of fuel. Determine what type of fuel you want to use when choosing your garage wood stove.
A feature that many may desire is the ability to move your wood stove out of your garage during the times of the year when it is not needed. Some wood stoves are very portable and weigh around fifty pounds. Even heavier wood stoves, up to 400 pounds, can be considered portable and moved when not in use for an extended period of time. One telltale sign that a wood stove is designed to be portable is that it contains handles for carrying.
A garage is not generally an area that has a lot of extra room, so double check your square footage and determine how much room you will have for a wood stove. The size of wood stoves varies greatly, so choose one that will fit your garage properly. Keep in mind that you will need the area around the wood stove to be open due to safety precautions.
Figure out how many square feet your garage area is to help determine the heating area you will need to keep warm. It takes around 3000 BTUs to heat 100 square feet, so use this number to help find a wood stove that can adequately heat your garage. The number of BTUs for the wood stove will be on the stove’s label, owner’s manual, or you can ask the manufacturer for more details.
Consider the amount of insulation in the garage, if any. The better insulated and sealed it is from air drafts, the smaller the stove you’ll need.
The prices are all over the place when it comes to buying a wood stove for your garage or home. A non-catalytic wood stove will be roughly a third of the price of a catalytic wood stove. A small and portable wood stove can be bought for as low as $250 or so. Keep in mind that this is not going to put out as many BTUs as a bigger stove. A cast iron stove that can heat a 900 square foot area can be purchased for around $600.
The other end of the spectrum are the more expensive wood pellet stoves and catalytic stoves. Pellet stoves that can heat 1500 square feet can be found for between $1000 and $3600. Actual wood-burning stoves that are rated to heat 2000 square feet cost between $1200 and $4500. Determine how much you want to spend, and there will be plenty of options within your budget.
Some wood stoves are very modern-looking, complete with beveled glass and gold-colored highlights. A more traditional and classic wood stove for your garage would be one that is made out of cast iron or one that looks like it is cast iron, but is actually stainless steel. Rustic options are available too.
Accessories or Bonus Features
Even though wood stoves are pretty standard and similar, there are a few accessories that you might want to consider. One very popular accessory is a blower for your wood stove. This will push the heat throughout your garage. Another bonus feature is a glass door so you can see the fire burning for added ambiance and to know how much fuel is left in it. Some models of wood stove have designed the top of the wood stove to be used as a cooking area. This could come in handy if you want to make coffee while you work in your garage. A removable ashtray is another accessory that many desire to make it easier to clean your wood stove, when needed.
Brands with Prices
Guide Gear Large Outdoor Wood Stove
$240 - $260
Winnerwell Nomad View Large Tent Stove
$450 - $475
Drolet HT3000 on Pedestal
Vogelzang TR004 Colonial EPA Wood Stove/Heater
$1400 - $1485
Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove/Heater
$900 - $1,000
Pleasant Hearth 2200
$850 - $950
US Stove 2000 EPA
$1,150 - $1,200
|BRAND||MATERIAL||HEIGHT (Inches)||WEIGHT||FUEL||SPECIAL FEATURES|
|Guide Gear||Cast Iron||27 X 19 X 17||78.4 pounds||Wood Logs||Lightweight|
|Winnerwell Nomad View Large Tent Stove||Stainless Steel||18 X 9.8 X 9.8||34 pounds||Wood Logs||Lightweight and easily portable|
|Drolet HT3000||Stainless Steel||31.3 X 28.1 X 36.4||520 pounds||Wood Logs||110,000 BTUs|
|Vogelzang TR004||Cast Iron||21.5 X 26.5 X 20||265 pounds||Wood Logs||An Insert|
|Vogelzang TR001||Cast Iron||28 X 23.5 X 21||265 pounds||Wood Logs||68,000 BTUs|
|Pleasant Hearth 2200||Stainless Steel||28 X 31.5 X 26.5||354 pounds||Wood Logs||85% Efficiency|
|US Stove 2000||Stainless Steel||20 X 27 X 20.5||275 pounds||Wood Logs||Fire Brick Lining|
There are a number of things to consider when putting a wood stove in your garage. First of all, please make sure that there isn’t anything that is flammable in your garage area. Check the dimensions of your wood stove. You will need at least 36 inches of clearance between the wood stove and the wall. The wall areas must also be covered with a fire-resistant board or some type of mason work that is specially designed for wood stoves. A hearth is most likely not required since you will be placing the wood stove on a concrete floor, but it is an option. When choosing and installing a wood stove in your garage, smaller is actually a better option than a larger option.
How to Install a Wood Stove in a Garage
Installing a wood stove in your garage is a great investment to make your garage more comfortable and useful during the colder months of the year. You can expect to pay between $1200 and $4000 for the purchase of a wood stove, any needed materials, and labor. If you choose to install the wood stove yourself, you can save between $400 and $1200. Follow the steps below to install a wood stove in your garage space:
- Choose where you want to place a wood stove in your garage. Measure the area around the wood stove and ensure that it fits properly by checking the owner’s manual or installation instructions.
- Determine where the hole for the chimney will be located on your ceiling or wall. Draw where it will all be connected and use a plumb bob to locate where the chimney will connect the wood stove to the hole in your ceiling or wall.
- Using a compass, draw a circle where the chimney will go through the roof or wall. It is recommended that you add four inches to the diameter to make sure that you can go through any type of material in the ceiling area. Move the stove, as needed, to make sure everything is lined properly so the chimney can go through the roof.
- If your ceiling is covered with drywall, use a knife designed for drywall, and cut the hole in your ceiling for the chimney collar.
- For ceilings, cut the hole through the roof and roof sheathing. Most contractors would choose a reciprocating saw for this step. Another option is to use a jigsaw.
- Remove any material, such as insulation, in the area between the ceiling and roof. Using the manufacturer’s instructions, install the chimney collar’s flashing. Double check to make sure that everything is in the proper location by using your plumb bob again.
- Using a tape measure, measure out 18 inches from the front of the wood stove’s door. This is where your stove will be located and make sure that it is aligned properly. This line will be a guide for the rest of the installation process.
- Cover the wall or walls behind the wood stove with fire-rated drywall or sheetrock. This drywall should extend at least 48 inches in either direction from the midpoint of the wood stove. You may need to temporarily move the wood stove out of the way for the installation of the fire-rated drywall.
- Use cement backer board and install it over the fire-rated drywall. This will ensure that the walls behind your garage wood stove are properly rated for the installation of a wood stove.
- Put the wood stove back in place, if you had to move it, and check that all the measurements are correct and everything is in the right place.
- Connect the chimney connections and have them go through the roof opening and collar. Next, put the base of the assembly over the chimney flange that is located on your wood stove. Connect the chimney flange by following the instructions in your owner’s manual.
- Install the storm collar over the roof collar. This is done by using silicone caulk on the inside of the storm collar’s edge and connecting this collar to the chimney’s vertical service to connect it in place.
- Put the chimney cap on the top of the chimney. Make sure that you actually hear it snap or click into place to ensure it is properly installed.
- Open the chimney flue. This is done by twisting or turning a hand that is located on the chimney to a vertical direction. Horizontal generally means the flue is closed.
- Test to make sure that everything is working properly and there are not any leaks. This is done by starting a small fire using just paper. Seal up any areas that are showing signs of smoke and then enjoy your new garage wood stove!!
Installing a wood stove for your garage, or even home, is not an easy task to accomplish. If you are not comfortable with the process, then it is highly recommended that you hire a professional installer to complete the process. It’s better to be safe than sorry when dealing with wood stoves.
Safely installing a wood stove for your garage is another way to get more usage out of all the space in your home. A wood stove can keep your normally cold or chilly garage nice and warm during those cold winter months. The sizes, prices, and features of wood stoves vary greatly. Hopefully, the research and information listed above will make your decision on what brand and size of wood stove to purchase easier. As always, make sure the stove will fit properly and safely in your space and hire a professional installer, if needed.