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Old 02-07-2008, 08:37 AM
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Cheap Garage Heat?

I'd like to hear some comments on this.

We just had a decent snow here and I was looking out the kitchen window at the area of clear grass where the furnace pipe exhausts. (I've got one of those high-efficiency furnaces that doesn't use the chimney and reportedly only exhausts moist air.)

I was wondering if it would be feasible to route that pipe into the garage for some cheap heat in winter?

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Old 02-07-2008, 08:48 AM
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Better check with a pro on that one. If you mess with any exhaust or ventilation parts of a HOME heating plant, you may risk your safety.....IMO
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I would not advise it. The air is extremely humid and will cause everything in your garage to rust. Even if thats a high efficiency boiler it will still give of some CO. which will build up in any garage. Plus you must not restrict the exhaust in any way or the boiler will suffer, pumping the exhaust into any closed area will cause some restriction.
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Definately not for the same reason they don't route it into your house. It could kill you. Carbon Monoxide.

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I live in CA so on the rare occasions when it gets to 40 degrees we are freezing I don't know much about that pipe you have because that doesn't exist here, but I purchased a propane heater from Harbor Freight that heats up the garage real nice and quickly. They only run about $60. Would certainly be a safer way of heating.
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If it was safe they would recirculate it.

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I bought a $42 Mr Heater 14,000 Btu propane heater to take the edge off the cold in my garage. It does so very nicely, but not enough to entice me to go out to finish wet sanding and buffing my car. They also have a double burner 30,000 Btu version that is even better. These burn very cleanly and will operate up to 30 hours on one 20# tank.

YOU STILL NEED TO VENT THE GARAGE TO ELIMINATE THE CO.

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I was looking for something to melt the ice clunkers on the cars, etc.

I've got a kerosene heater that I use for those "gotta do" winter jobs. I'm sure it too has a CO factor, but the garage is not exactly air tight.
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I'd like to hear some comments on this.

We just had a decent snow here and I was looking out the kitchen window at the area of clear grass where the furnace pipe exhausts. (I've got one of those high-efficiency furnaces that doesn't use the chimney and reportedly only exhausts moist air.)

I was wondering if it would be feasible to route that pipe into the garage for some cheap heat in winter?
No no no, the exhaust includes products of combustion. I would not recommend venting it into an enclosed space any more than I would recommend sucking on a tailpipe. Same end result! Don't even try it.

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I would not do that, too much exhaust. venting a hot water heater exhaust into a basement to keep the basement dry, is about all I would do with propane exhaust vents, along with a CO monitor, that is safe to do, propane water heater element is just a stove burner after all.
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Venting any type of heater relies on a draft, start screwing around with runs of pipe, downturns, etc, you'll likely snuff the fire on the heater. Even ventless heating appliances have to be monitored for co2.
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I was pleasantly surprised at how effective even the smallest propane fired "salamander" style heaters are. I got almost a months worth of heat out of a 20lb propane tank in a 28 x 36 garage that was partially insulated. (just the walls)

This was working three or four nights a week and 1 day on the weekend.
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I have a 350000 btu salamander that will warm up a nice 20' square corner in my shop. It goes through 25 gallons of propane in about 8 hours and sounds like I'm in the jet wash at SF intl airport.

One time I ran out of propane so I hooked it to my LPG tank from the forklift....I shut it off when the flame was shooting about 2' out of the front and it was making hissing and spitting noises. (like a salamander..right?)

My propane fillerup guy said heater uses gas, forklift uses liquid...He also said I coulda been dead.

I thought he would have at least complimented me on my resourceful use of dissimilar plumbing systems to get the heater hooked up to the LPG tank...

Oh well. I'm messing up, so you don't have to..


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LOL Mike I bet that got your attention pretty quick ehhh? Scary stuff...
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the flame was shooting about 2' out of the front and it was making hissing and spitting noises. (like a salamander..right?)
Later, mikey
Next time you have a "hot" idea like that, just invite a bunch of us over for a weenie roast

(I didn't think California ever got cold enough for a heater - at least that's what I was told by some folks I used to work with)

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