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Old 10-12-2011, 07:53 PM
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I have 3 car garage and I'd like to keep it warm to do some side projects this winter. I was thinking about getting this kerosene heater, what are your guy's opinions, suggestions:
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I have used them, but never was comfortable with them. CO and CO2 build up is possible and it can be very bad if the burner is not adjusted properly.

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A natural gas fire infra-red tube heater is what I have.
Mounts up high, relatively easy to hang, plumb, and vent.
Easy on fuel, thermostatically controlled.
Radiant heat heats objects (like you) and not the air directly. Roll down the garage door and feel the warmth immediately, without it blowing the dust around.

Because it heats objects, the objects will eventually warm the air. A ceiling fan or two will direct the air under vehicles etc, and circulate it to keep windows clear.

It uses outside air for combustion, and vents the exhaust gas outside as well. It's also MUCH quieter than a conventional ceiling mounted forced air unit.

Mine is a Calcana unit which I bought in Calgary, Alberta ... but I see that they also have a warehouse in Loxley, Alabama.
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MitMaks,I agree with 66gmc on the calcana heater.I had a new garage built last year and it came with a calcana heater.Its great for heating the garage.I worked in there last winter and didn't even feel the cold.I have a old garage also and I have a overhead forced air heater in there.If I improve the old garage,I will definitely put a calcana heater in there too.I did the gas piping and the hookup myself.It was a easy one to do and yes I took out a gas permit for the job.you would have to check into what the rules are in your area regarding doing it yourself

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gas is expensive here. I already pay $200 alone just to heat my home in winter.
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gas is expensive here. I already pay $200 alone just to heat my home in winter.
That sounds extremely cheap compared to here. LOL!
I pay around $500.00 /month in the winter... mind you, gas and electricity are on the same bill ... and our climate is much colder than yours.

The good news is that my garage is pretty well insulated. It's a 24' x 34' with 10' ceiling, and I barely noticed the difference. I would hazard a guess to be about $25 / mo, and I keep the t'stat at about 55F because the garage is also home to our cats.

Our home is also around 1200 sq.ft on the top floor, and the *combined* costs of heating the house and garage are slightly less than what it costs to heat our second property (a 14 x 60 mobile home with an addition)

It's *so* nice to be able to jump into a warm car when it's frigid outside. You'll also find me tinkering away on somthing out there wearing a sweater and jeans.
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Those heaters shouldn't be used in an enclosed area - carbon monoxide. Another by product is that they do not burn as clean as advertised and everything will have a thin film of unburned kero on it. If you are going to eventually do some painting, a real PITA to clean up.
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I have tried them before and the fumes can sometimes be over-powering. You then have to open a window or door which obviously defeats the purpose. And I too was very concerned about CO. Not to mention they are pretty loud when running. You can also get wall mounted natural gas/propane heaters that work very well, and pretty cheap. If you keep the garage at a reasonable temp I truly don't think you will see a big spike in your gas bill.
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radiant is best.

The mistake I made when building my new 5 K sq ft shop was not putting in radiant heat tubing in before we poured the floors. We say we have 6 months of winter then 6 months of poor snow skiing weather. I was in a Repair shop the other day about the same size as mine, it was nice and warm, they did a lot of oil changes and had a commercial oil fired burner to heat the antifreeze . He said the shop did enough oil changes that they didn't have to buy any heating oil. He said with connections he could get all the drain oil he wanted .
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Our house 4 car garage has a high efficiency forced air gas furnace. Plastic pipe air intake and plastic pipe exhaust for the burners, but I still loose a lot of hot air when I open the garage door to bring something inside.
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I will just mention this as it is too late for you to put it in. When I built my 30'x60' I put in, in floor heat. you can't beat it. everything stays warm. If you use a creeper you might find yourself taking a little nap now and then.

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how about if u contact a HVAC company and as if they will GIVE u a used propane heater from a home.. even one 10 yrs old is still a good one.. the kero heaters stink from fumes, i have a 150k and use it if needed but ya gotta open some window for air... even if u get a used nat gas heater u'r fine.. silver solder up the jets and drill a smaller hole.. propane is lighter then nat gas...
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The best heat would be in floor radiant heat, but if you don't want to tear your floor out ceiling mounted infa-red heat will work great. Also a hanging unit heater works well too.
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Of course I'd keep door open a bit to let in air, I wouldn't run kero heater with doors shot. I might as well turn on the car and take a nap inside of it.
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how about if u contact a HVAC company and as if they will GIVE u a used propane heater from a home.. even one 10 yrs old is still a good one.. the kero heaters stink from fumes, i have a 150k and use it if needed but ya gotta open some window for air... even if u get a used nat gas heater u'r fine.. silver solder up the jets and drill a smaller hole.. propane is lighter then nat gas...
I agree with a propane heater -- I have a direct vent propane furnace, it's attached to an exterior wall and draws in it's air and vents out from siamese pipes... don't have to open any windows. Nice and warm...

$200/yr? I have oil heat in the house and it costs a couple thousand a year - oh yeah, that includes hot water, big deal....
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