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helrazr3 12-07-2004 07:38 PM

cover it portable garage
i'm ordering a 12x20 portable garage to put in front of my existing garage. my garage is 12x24 and there is no room for the impala and the tools etc. so i'm putting the new one in front of it. my question is i want to try to seal the new garage to the old one so i can open the door and heat the whole area. i realize its impossible to completely seal it .

so has anyone done this before? just looking for ideas.

the idea i have so far is to get a small tarp and secure one side to the front wall of the garage above the door and drape it over the end of the new one and pull it down snug and secure it to the ground.

i'm getting the style with the peaked roof not the (quonset hut) style.

thanks for your input.


julmer 12-08-2004 12:08 AM

Unless you have a BIG heater and lots of extra cash to run it, you will not heat a tent very sucessfully.

helrazr3 12-08-2004 09:44 PM

im not planning on keeping it heated constantly i just want enough to keep it fairly comfortable while im working in there i'll have the garage door closed when i'm not working on the car.

julmer 12-10-2004 12:36 AM

It depends a lot on your definition of "fairly comfortable" and your weather. If it's somewhat mild, say 30 to 40, you can likely make it OK for shirt sleeves. If you are talking 10 below, you'd be lucky to make freezing without a really big heater.
If I had to do much like that, I'd look into a small radiat heater that you can just point at you and the specific area you are working on.

tbirdscott 12-10-2004 01:37 AM

I know someone who uses a small wood stove to heat his (about the same size tent) and it does okay but thats wood heat I doubt an electric heater would do much more than heat the surrounding 6" of air, we usually have temps around -15C to -20C most of the winter

Rich_Long 12-10-2004 09:33 AM

Harbor Freight Portable garage
I bought the Harbor Freight unit 2 weeks ago when it was on sale (160.00)
I bought a large blue tarp for a "floor" and set the thing up on that. Then I duct taped the overlap of the "floor" to the tent. Then I lined the floor on the inside with heavy black plastic and taped that top the inside.
Now, I'm not heating it, it's just being used to store #1 son's 68 Cougar while I finish the bodywork and paint on my 68 Fastback.
You might want to try one of those electric oil filled radiators. But, beings it's a tarp, it will melt down if things go horribly wrong!!

helrazr3 12-11-2004 04:40 PM

thanks for the input guys, i should have mentioned that for a heater i,m using my old furnace from my house its forced hot air ,oil fired im going to put it out in the garage and get a drum for my oil. that should blow enough air to keep it at about 45-50F. when its real cold im in Massachusetts it averages about 15-25F at night in Jan and Feb so i think i'll be OK as far as capacity goes. rich thanks for the idea with the floor i think thats a good idea to keep the water off the floor


Nightfire 12-11-2004 10:52 PM

How about buying that insulating stuff that you can then glue onto the inner walls of the tent. (I dont know the exact name for that stuff but it's very shiny and looks like a mat). I realize that that would be kind stupid since you wanna take the tent down eventually and then you'll have to rip it all off again. But it might work:confused: I dont know


Pony 12-12-2004 11:11 AM

Iv'e used a 20x10 enclosed canopy for over a year now. I attached it much like you mentioned and am using a Sears 110,000 byu jet type heater. It only gets down into the 30's here but it heats the whole setup nice and toasty.

helrazr3 12-12-2004 12:50 PM

thanks pony, its good to know someones done this before with success

and mike, i have thought of insulation but i don't want to make this project any more complicated than it already is if it all works out the way i want maybe i'll do that for next year.


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