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Forced Air Propane Space Heater

Hey guys,

I am looking to buy a Forced Air Propane Space Heater for my garage. My garage is 24' x 24', 576 square feet. Lowe's has a 50,000 BTU unit for $139.00 they have an identical unit for $199.00 but it comes with a thermostat.

1. Are they safe?
2. Is the 50,000 btu unit big enough?
3. Do I get the unit with or without the the stat?
4. How far do they need to be away from stuff not to burn it?

Anything else you can think of is greatly appreciated.


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Forced Air Propane Space Heater

The only down fall's with the forced LPG that I encountered was:

You have to have a place where things won't melt , burn or ignite.

After a while the sound got to me so I gave it to a friend.

The one with the stat is the way to go , hands down.

I went with the radiant heater used with LPG , the space needed is
minimal, and I mounted it as per instructions above the door with a squirrel
cage fan to circulate the air around the shop. It is out of the way and doesn't make any noise.
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you can make a thermostat, use a line voltage thermostat, put it in a metal electrical box,be sure to ground all metal boxs or plastic box, (I like to make a wire or something thats mounted to the back of the box so it's easy to hang up anywhere) like a over sized electrical handy box. drop two 8 to 12' long cords with cord connectors out of the bottom of the box, and on one cord put a male end and on one cord put a female end on, then plug heater in to female end coming out of the thermostat and plug the male end into a 120v receptacle and hang the thermostat in the box up in a convenient place. then you can use this thermostat you made up on other heaters or at other garages ect. just a idea. it can be done for prob $20 or so.

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I just purchased a forced air reddyheater that is 35,000 BTU. I am also in Virginia and my garage is 20x22, detached, insulated walls and non-insulated attick. I used the heater the last 2 days when it was around 40 degrees outside. The heater brought the temperature up to around 57, then I cut it off because I was starting to get warm. This probably took around an hour with one window cracked and another cracked with a box fan blowing air out. You can definately smell it a bit, but venting helps. I would turn it on for a while, then cut it off. Worked pretty well. I could see having the next size up, though.
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