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Wood burning stove in greenhouse

thinking of putting a wood burning stove into the greenhouse and hoping to do it bu October/November. 

We will not be using a wood burning stove to heat the greenhouse. It is a big greenhouse and we thought it would be lovely to put a little chair and table in there so we can have tea in the evenings and look at the stars. The wood burning stove will purly be to keep us warm on winter nights whilst we have tea etc.

just wondering if anyone has actually done this and their approach etc.

thank you in advance



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    the chimney might be hard to arrange unless you had a panel that wasn't glass. I think the expansion/heat/contraction would break glass

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  • nutcutlet says:

    the chimney might be hard to arrange unless you had a panel that wasn't glass. I think the expansion/heat/contraction would break glass

    See original post

    Hmmmm, ok. But I couldn't use a Paine of Perspex as it might melt. What else could I use? Also not thinking of running the tube up to the roof and having it poke out there but thinking of having it cone out of the side of the greenhouse.  

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887

    There won't be enough draft to make it burn up, you need a chimney, sealed around the pipe, sometimes even bungalows are not high enough to pull the smoke up. Do you know that the pipe get tremendously hot. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439

    I have some experience of wood stoves, not in greenhouses but in houses. You will need either twinwall stainless steel insulated chimney or a brick chimney. Both will be expensive. Research flues and building regs for wood stoves. There is lots online.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I was shown round the greenhouse of a retired nurseryman who had done this. He built a brick chimney into a section of one end and had chairs and a table for his tea. However, the greenhouse covered an area larger than most modern back gardens.

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,337
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,585

    I fear the rocketing ,and plummeting temperatures will do nothing good for any plants in there.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,378

    It sounds a lovely idea, but I am afraid that for all the reasons mentioned it will not work and even if it did, it would be harmful for the plants.

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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,912

    You could do it if you used a metal panel in lieu of glass and you could use the sort of flues they have on canal boats. You would be better to go straight up through the roof rather than out the side - supporting the flue would be difficult if it's cranked  - it'll need to go up above the roof of the GH, it can't just poke out the side and stop there or as Lyn suggests, all you'll get is a smoke logged GH. Which is one way of reducing aphids, but not relaxing to sit by. If you go straight up and through a crinkly tin roof section with a proper flashing around it then you don't have the risk of accidentally bumping up against the hot flue when you walk past that end of the GH.

    As Hosta says, for the sake of the plants, a little linhay somewhere close by with a brick chimney or a bench against a south facing wall with a chiminea close by might be more sensible.

    Last edited: 19 May 2017 09:46:37

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,653

    Thermal vests, thermal socks, coat, hat gloves - much better for the greenhouse and the plants and carbon footprint.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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