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Old 11-20-2004, 06:03 PM
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Move to California. The forecast this week is a frigid mid-60s but I think I can survive in my flannel plaid wind-breaker.
Good idea Willys. Would be nice but we in the Midwest enjoy our "hybernation" in the garage over the winter. No nice cruising weather to distract us from progressing on those projects!

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After giving this some thought today, a programmable thermostat maybe the answer. I believe any heater with a gas valve should accept a thermostat, however I don't know ALL the heaters out there. Also on the mercury in a thermostat, I don't think they're using mercury anymore, most are spring or electronic. Emerson used to have a battery operated programmable thermostat.
Move to California. The forecast this week is a frigid mid-60s but I think I can survive in my flannel plaid wind-breaker
You had to wear a jacket this week? And quit trying to move everyone out here, it's too darned crowded now. Dan
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One more comment: Radiant works best with high ceilings. With a low cieling, it is difficult to spread the radiant out unless you have lots of that expensive tube.
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You had to wear a jacket this week? And quit trying to move everyone out here, it's too darned crowded now. Dan
Only 'til about 10am when I begin to sweat then I shed it!
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Living where it is sometime -40*C with a nasty windchill to boot, the most important thing to do is make sure that you have a relatively leak free building with lots of insulation and a good vapor barrier. My shop is 40x50 with 16' walls (big enough for most farm equipt-but that's another story), 2x6 walls,metal clad in and out, R20 fibreglass insulation and R40 blown cellulose in the ceiling. The door is a 2" insulated 14x14. I have all the amenities including sewer and water, 200 amp service, 2 post lift,satellite TV, 400 watt stereo, and a mezzanine with living quarters. (Sometimes its just as well to stay OUT of the house). I heat the whole thing with a Gordon-Ray 30' radiant heater which I installed near the ceiling along the wall opposite the overhead door. Being that high (the heater, not me) and set with the shield at a 45* angle, I have no problem keeping the whole thing toasty. As a previous poster said, radiant heat heats objects not the air, so my philosophy is that I start the heat in about October and get the floor slab up to temp, then it doesn't take a lot to keep it warm. In the lounge/drinking area I also have an electric radiant quartz heater 1750 watts/110 v ( the kind you would use in the barn to keep the new calves warm) that I switch on and off at will. It takes no time at all to get you warm when you sit under it. Couild be used for a work station or even made into a portable to set up where you are working. I bought it on sale at the local Co-op for $169. Up here I also made a "hot box" for farm chemicals that can't freeze. They're too stinky to keep under the bed so I made a very well insulated box/cupboard/small room and either use a small baseboard heater or a light bulb to keep it just above freezing. Having lived here all my life and built numerous buildings, I would say the most important thing is to seal the place as good as possible, keep the heat in and keep the cold out. To heat the whole place, there is only one meter, it costs about $2000 per year which heats the 2000' shop , 2500' house, double garage for about 6 months. As an aside, the radiant heater will melt all the snow off of a vehicle in about 2-3 hours, where a forced air furnace would take a day at least.
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A friend has a boat shop where does lots of fiberglass and paint work, with his materials he needs 55 degrees. He uses radiant and it works very well.

My garage has no heat as such, just attached to the house, the room over top of it keeps it at 40 most of the winter, I use a portable to work if it is really cold. But that only works if you pretty much keep the doors closed, and it's a low ceiling. I would have radiant if I worked out there all the time.
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