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#1 posted 11-29-2018 08:09 PM

after thinking about it for a bit, what ya plan may be the way to go for the ceiling/roof. if you were to frame in for a ceiling at the bottom cord of the trusses, i think youd want to use 2 by 6 between them all which all materials just to frame would be $300+( thats 2 by 6 and using hangers). going that way you describe is basically adding rafters which will need to be at least 14 ( not sure of the roof pitch. that would be roughly $200 and might be able to lessen that if ya have a saw mill nearby where you could get roughsawn stock( doesnt seem this would be something requiring the lumber stamps and all that as its really not structural).
however, i still think all of the square footage of metal siding is going to hinder heating the space up. all that steel is a LOT of area of heat sink thats going to be sucking heat out constantly.

cant hurt to do it then see how it works. you might want to add a couple ceiling fans up top to pull the warm air back down.

- tomsteve

Hopefully the R19 will be enough to keep most of the heat off the steal. I’m counting on that 3.5” air gap, between the girts, to keep the steel cool, but also add some R Value. Eventually I’ll add insulation to the walls as well. Figured the roof is most important.

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