Emptied out the shed today to make it into a dedicated blacksmithing shop. I was in the garage, which is actually bigger- but it is underground, hard to vent properly without opening the big door, and also has a low ceiling.
The shed will work out nicely though- it's on a concrete pad, framed like a little house, and has power. And after tonight, it now has a pair of exhaust fans in the gable ends and a switched outlet for my forge blower so I don't have to reach around to plug it in. It's also going to be a lot easier to put a 100# tank outside- drilling through T11 siding and chipboard is a much nicer task than trying to bore a hole through a foot and a half of fieldstone!
But here's the problem- I work nights, so that's when I'm most awake and itching to do things. In the garage, the stone walls and earth surrounding it blocked a lot of sound. The shed is not quite as well appointed in that regard.
So, I figure I'm going to have to insulate it for sound reduction, which is no big deal- but I'm going to want to cover the insulation with something, and I'm wondering if any of you guys have done this. I'm leaning towards sheetrock as the obvious choice, because it's cheap and has some fire-retardant properties. But before I rush out and sheetrock the inside of a blacksmithing shop, I figured I'd ask if anyone has any better suggestions I may have overlooked. I'm not too concerned about the aestetics of the interior, I just don't want exposed insulation. There are all sorts of things to consider, from carsiding to panelling to plastic sheets- and I'm open to any of them, really. Any pros and cons of whatever you guys might be using to cover your walls are appreciated. So far, the neighbors haven't made any complaints about my various noisy nocturnal hobbies, and I'm aiming to keep it that way!
Right now I'm just running a propane forge, but with the move out to the higher location, it's now become realistic to put in a charcoal forge as well (I would have had to put a rediculous chimney on the garage to make it work properly), so that's a consideration when it comes to covering the walls. I don't care if they get dirty, I just don't want my shed burning down! (I *do* keep a big fire extinguisher next to the door, but I hope to never have to use it)