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One-Of-A-Kind Shop Heater
Clair Wilson's new shop furnace is so different we decided to give you a glimpse of it as it's being built. Wilson farms with his brother Warren near Winchester, Ill.
  The firebox is located at the southwest corner of his shop. The shop is built into a hillside so the firebox is dug into the ground. The 8 by 8 by 8-ft. firebox is designed with a hinged roof so it can be raised, allowing 7-ft. logs to be dropped into it by a tractor. The inside of the firebox will include rows of piping over the fire at the top that will be connected to piping under the shop floor. At the same time, heated air at the top will be pulled from the firebox and blown into the shop.
  The huge firebox is double walled and is made from several salvaged large fuel storage tanks made from 1/4-in. thick steel. Wilson used some large metal brakes in his shop to bend the steel to make the top and sides.
  The photo shows a door leaning against one wall that will enclose the near end of the heater.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clair Wilson, 132 Hillview Rd., Winchester, Ill. 62694 (ph 217 742-3918).

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #5