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Old 10-29-2006, 11:45 PM
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Garage heat by your clothes dryer?

a few years back i remember seeing a guy that had his dryer duct going into the garage and turned it on to warm it up. do anyone of you see a problem with this? how bad would the moisture be when drying clothes?

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Old 10-29-2006, 11:52 PM
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Yes...I see one problem with an open hose. The lint and dust it would blow out into the garage.

There are a few options there for just rescuing the heat in the winter. I have seen a filter cover that goes on the hose and I have seen people put old pantyhose on them as a filter. That seems to work as long as you empty it often.

Now if you mean actually heating the whole garage with it, I doubt it would be very energy efficient or do a very good job. The dryer wouldn't last as long either running it all the time. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:40 AM
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You can easily stop the lint, but it is the moisture that is going to be an issue.
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a few years back i remember seeing a guy that had his dryer duct going into the garage and turned it on to warm it up. do anyone of you see a problem with this? how bad would the moisture be when drying clothes?
You'll burn up your dryer doing this - they're meant for small area heating (the drum of your dryer) not your houses garage -Let alone - moisture if you're drying clothes - and lint any other time.

For 255.00 you can get a electric garage heater that would most likely cook you right outta there and thats a lot less than buying a new dryer and way more effficient!


http://www2.northerntool.com/product/595_595.htm
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I hope that you're talking about an electric clothes dryer! I don't think venting a gas (either natural or propane) clothes dryer in an enclosed space would be such a good idea. Carbon monoxide anyone?
Yes, the gas burns clean, but even most if not all garage box heaters (Hot Dawg etc.) have the combustion gasses vented outside, do they not?
I may be wrong, but that would be the main reason not to do this, aside from being very inefficient. Just my take....

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No, youre not wrong, Steve...you are very correct! You definitely dont wanna vent a gas dryer indoors at all, and, as mentioned, even an electric one isnt a good idea.
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I have that exact heater from Northern Tool that Rambo has pictured in a 24x24 garage (3" insulation in walls and ceiling) and that thing will heat that area with no effort at all. Even when it gets down in the teens at night it only runs about four or five minutes before cutting off, very good outfit and well worth the cost.
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a few years back i remember seeing a guy that had his dryer duct going into the garage and turned it on to warm it up. do anyone of you see a problem with this? how bad would the moisture be when drying clothes?
I've seen this too. I also know that some of the oddest/worst rust I ever saw on a car was from one that was supposedly stored in a garage that was set up like this.

The rust was in all sorts of unusual places, and was very strange looking, like it had grown in a hurry.

I don't know for sure if the moist air was to blame or if there was something else going on, but sure would make me think twice about venting a dryer this way.

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I have that exact heater from Northern Tool that Rambo has pictured in a 24x24 garage (3" insulation in walls and ceiling) and that thing will heat that area with no effort at all. Even when it gets down in the teens at night it only runs about four or five minutes before cutting off, very good outfit and well worth the cost.
Hi oldred!

I was just browsing Northern and had bookmarked this heater for a potential house/shop I was thinking of buying.

I was wondering what your ceiling height was and how long between heat cycles?

The potential shop is close to your size but has 14' ceiling height and wasn't sure if I should look at something bigger?
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I have a nine foot ceiling and an insulated door so it really is not all that hard to heat but if I set the thermostat above 5 (mid-setting) it will run me out in short order. A lot will depend on how well your shop is insulated, what type of doors and whether it is drafty or not but this heater does perform quite well and has been in my garage for 8 years with no problems at all. I like the fact that it has a delay that allows the elements to heat up before the blower kicks on so it never blows cold air.
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I bought one of those multi-fuel heaters for $100 used, that looks and sounds like a jet engine.. it warms the garage to about 80 degress in 15 minutes.. when its freezing outside!
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