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Old 01-04-2010, 05:23 PM
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HEY GUYS, HAPPY NEW YEAR. I been trying to spray my truck but getting my shop up to temp. has been a problem here lately. I'M getting ready to spray some clear and was wondering if any of you guys have ever used a kerosine heater in your shop before? I have not fired it up yet because I was afraid there may be some contamination from it but I was not sure. does anybody know if it is safe or not?

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Old 01-04-2010, 06:53 PM
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I've used a Diesel in my shop heater for many years. I have several heaters that will use Diesel or Kerosene. They are like little jet engines, noisy, but very efficient. Never had any trouble with comtamination. I turn the heaters off during the painting period and turn them back on afterwards to re heat the paint booth. One heater will heat the paint booth well over 70 degree easily.

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I used a readyheater brand kero heater once and it was a nightmare. After the shop was warm I sprayed a white single stage urethane on a work van and it had major fisheye's all over every flat panel where the kero fumes landed.
Next day I boxed the heater back up and took it back to homedepot. I paid $500 for it


You could always do what I did. Merry a girl with a father that owns a heating and air business Ive got year round a/c and heat.
He installed a heat pump type unit with a gas furnace. Works perfect! My garage is 24x31x10 and on 30* days it will heat the garage to 70* in about 1-2 hours. I just start it before I go out to work to save money, It could stay on 100%.

If your interested in something like this I would call around to your smaller heating and air businesses and tell them your looking for a used unit. Most places have a few units around that they pulled from houses that have upgraded or changed over. And since they have no money in the equipment you can get a good deal.
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We use a torpedo pointed right in the booth after mist is gone and jezz its cold up here in michigan -5 now!
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We use a torpedo pointed right in the booth after mist is gone and jezz its cold up here in michigan -5 now!
-15 here in MN, my natural gas heater is struggling to stay above 60, usually I can hit 100 on a 45 degree day.

I would recommend a natural gas heater for the garage (or propane works too), since you live in the south you shouldn't need anything too big.

I spent a total of $200 for mine($150 for the heater used, $50 in gas line and a cheap thermostat)

I highly recommend a heater that vents outside, and if possible get one that sucks fresh air from outside too.
That way you can insulate your garage air tight and not have to worry about back pressure sucking CO2 from the pipe into your garage.
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See if a local high school or community college would let you use their paint booth. A lot of times during particular times of the day the booth goes unused, and you might be able to use it.
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