Hey guys, I'm totally new here so I've come to ask for some advice. First a little background info. I have a small woodworking business and I'm currently building a new shop behind my home. It'll be around 1132 sq. feet. It's basically a 4 stall garage with the middle portion (2 stalls worth) having cathedral ceilings at about 14' high. The two outer stalls will have 9' ceilings. My walls are 2 x 6 with R19 insulation and the ceilings will have R38 insulation. I decided to insulate under my slab of concrete - some say that's not necessary but I've talk to many guys who said it will help keep the place warmer.
My insurance company said they'd approve a wood burning stove as long as it's professionally installed. I'm well aware of the work that's involved with the stove (cutting, hauling, stacking wood) so this is something I'll have to weigh as I make my final decision. I've also looked into a heating/cooling forced air system too. If I decide on the stove option is there something I could add along with the stove to keep the temprature at say 50 when the fire goes out or before I could add more wood? My time in the building is limited at times as I lost my husband last year to cancer and am left to raise 2 young boys on my own. Depending on their activities there may be days when I'm not able to spend time in there. I kind of hate to spend 6K for a forced air system when it's just a small time business/hobby shop.
I've looked into a PTAC unit but I worry one of those wouldn't be big enough for that size of shop, especially the AC part of it. I'd love to hear your suggestions if you have any. Thanks in advance!
Almost forgot...I live in Central Iowa.