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  1. Hello all... I have been working on revamping my shop to make it run more efficiently. I have a few dilemmas with cold temperatures and winter on the way. I will try to address my needs and requests for advice. I live in northern Michigan just a mile from Lake Michigan. We can have brutal winters and mild winters. It have been said that where we live is the second most difficult place in the world to predict the weather. My current shop is 19' x 20'. It was originally a carriage house in the 1800's. It was added on to in 1940 to make it a garage. It is drywalled and insulated with a new cement floor 2 years ago. It has an entry door on the west and two 8' solid wood and windowed doors that lift to open. It has a hip roof. I am currently trying to figure out the best place for a forging area. I have a wood burning franklin stove that chimney pipes through a metal panel where there was a window. If all goes well, I will be adding to the front of the garage in the spring/summer of 2019. But for now I want to be able to keep working through the winter. I have a number of 8' corrugated panels from a local barn I can use, and I also have a good amount of red brick that can be used as a fire barrier. With that said, here are my thoughts, concerns and needs for advice. I have a three burner propane forge. I also have all of the materials to build a 42" inside dimension Heat Treating oven that I was planning on using for tempering swords big and small. For clarity, please answer using the Dilemma Number. Dilemma #1 Propane verses Electric Heat Treating oven. The oven will reach 2300 F. Do you think it can be used as a forge as well as a heat treating oven? Dilemma #2 Pertains to the answers from #1. If I create a forging area for propane... then I will need to vent with some type of overhead hood which is possible in this set up but I have a low ceiling. I would have to tie into the chimney pipe of the franklin wood burning stove and have some sore of exhaust fan on the forge side. If I am able to use the Electric oven to forge, then this may eliminate the need for the hood ventilation. Problem is... I will need 220 in the shop to run the Oven. Which is doable... but more long term/when I build on. Suggestions are welcome. I am trying to go as cost effective as possible for short term. Both Propane and Electric will have it's challenges and it's delays. Any inside, experience or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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