natbouman Posted February 18 Share Posted February 18 I'm considering setting up so that our direct fire still is in an annex to the main building. The annex would have two, large, insulated barn doors that could open to create cross ventilation (a bit like a threshing barn) and a third door to close off the main structure from the annex so I wouldn't lose heat from the main building when operating the still. The burner would be in a firebox so it would be protected from wind. We'd close up the big exterior doors when not operating the still so that the still wouldn't freeze. Other than the cold in winter (we're in Northeast PA) is there another reason why this would be a bad idea? When I visited Normandy, France a few years ago I found a number of stills set up permanently outside (under a barn roof with maybe one wall but the rest open). It rarely dips too much below freezing there--hovering in the 30s in winter. Basically, I'm interested in this because the set up seems simple and safe. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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