My wife and I live in a 100-year-old farm-house. What once were fields around us are now house-farms, but that is another story.
It is a challenge keeping the house comfortably warm but that too is another story.
My shop is in what once was an upstairs bedroom. Since I spend a lot of time there during the day I keep the heat set low in the rest of the house. If I’m doing lots of planing and sawing I like having the shop on the cool side because I get heated up pretty fast from the workout of using hand tools.
When doing glue-ups I use a space-heater to warm up the shop. When using hide glue I heat the shop 70 ° F. If the room is much cooler than 70 ° F hide glue will being to gel before I have time for proper assembly and clamping.
The hide glue cooks in a double boiler at 140 ° F. The combined heat of the space-heater, the glue-pot and a halogen floor lamp quickly bring the temperature up to 70 ° F. This is one advantage of having a very small shop!
I have written other posts about why I love using hide glue. It is my glue-of-choice for assembling many parts of the dulcimers I make. I do use other adhesives where the qualities of hide glue are either not optimal or necessary.
But I love hide glue for its workability, strength, reversibility and most importantly the quality it adds to tone.