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    I’m starting my shed workshop build and was planning on putting a small wood burner in as a heat source but am a little nervous about putting a wood burner in a purely wooden structure. Does anyone have any thoughts on this or possible alternatives.
    What would people recommend for lighting? It’s only a small 8 by 14 feet shed but I do want it to be a useable space year round and as such will be fully insulated.
    Thanks for any ideas

    Ecky H

    Good morning,

    because my workspace (roughly 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 feet for woodworking) is in the basement, I don’t have experience with daylight (in the workshop).
    So I placed tubular LED lamps above the workbench horizontally slightly overhead, two short LED tubes vertically beside the workbench and three tubes behind me. So light is all around me and because the sources produce diffuse light there is no dark shadow. Light temperature is 3000K (warm white).

    Hope that helps,


    Veni, vidi, serravi.

    Münster, Germany

    Sven-Olof Jansson

    Tiled stoves and iron stoves, both heated with wood, are very traditional in Northern Europe, where wooden buildings are pretty much the norm. Wood burners are also very popular. You need to have an insulated sleeve coupling all the way from the burner and out through the roof. The burner needs to rest on an approved insulating material and also be secured to it. After inspection, you should be good to go; having no problems with accumulating scrap wood.

    Adding an electric radiator to assure that your workshop always is heated to above the dew point, might be a good idea if you keep your tools and wood in the shop. I also went for a dehumidifier as I’m constantly worrying about tools rusting and wood warping.

    The attached link is to a page showing really useful lighting appliances. They can be positioned on the bench, moved in and out, and flexed to remove shadows. And the magnifier is very useful for everything from setting gauges to saw sharpening

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA


    See if this helps for lighting info. Note the link a couple posts down:

    Workspace lighting


    Brilliant, thanks for the info guys really helpful. I’m off work next week and I’m hoping to make good progress on the shed. If things don’t turn into an absolute shambles I may post some pictures.


    Evening everyone,
    For anyone who might be interested here is a picture of progress on the shed so far.
    I’m hoping to board the roof with OSB tomorrow but does anyone have any suggestions for a roofing material?

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