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03-03-2004 10:32 AM
jpd37 I have the equivalent of a 2.5 car garage that is uninsulated but does have insulated doors. I installed a Reznor 45,000 btuh natural gas space heater that brings the coldest temperatures up to 55 in about 15 minutes. The unit is hung overhead so it is out of the way and has a fan that moves plenty of air without a lot of noise. I control it by a thermostat and when I don't want it to run, I have a switch that shuts off the heater entirely. I also installed two shut-off valves so I can shut off the gas from inside the house or inside the garage. I'm not sure yet what the thing costs to run since this is my first year using it.
03-01-2004 09:25 AM

I'm in Ohio also, I have a propane forced air that stays plenty warm and runs for about 10 to 15 seconds about 3 to 4 times an hour. My shop is about 6400 square feet and is insulated. It's a Modine 250,000 btu. I found it at an auction almost new for $500.
03-01-2004 05:00 AM
boomer Mole,
My new shop has 12' cielings, otherwise I wouldn't have snagged it.
In my original garage I used an air tight wood stove. It would drive you out of there. But it isn't big enough for the new one
02-29-2004 06:45 PM
55mole Boomer ,
Be very careful when installing the in-fared heater . Minimum distance from floor to ceiling is 10 -12 feet . If the style you have has an aluminum shield that looks like half an octagon this will project a six foot cube of heat to the floor, (the length of the heater) & also anything in its path. (car ?) In which can cause havoc to your vehicle .

I mainly install these in large garages or firehouses where there is substantial heat loss & quick recovery required . Along with the required clearances .

If you have the make & model I should be able to send you specs on that unit .

But I will attest to one thing they heat the slab very well .

Although nothing is better than radiant floor heat . Water temperature in a concrete slab only requires to be set @ 100 degrees by use of a mixing valve if connected to an existing hot water boiler .

Too many options , I could go on & on . Hope this was helpful . 55 mole
02-29-2004 06:00 PM
boomer I just snagged a used overhead infared heater. It's complete with 30' of tube, reflector, and the hangers, for $400.
So now I have another project slated for this summer, after the ins and drywall.
02-29-2004 01:04 PM
Rubberman2003 For my dad and my shop i think we are going to use hotwater coils in the floor.
02-29-2004 09:52 AM
Dave Carney I use a 75,000 btu Modine Hot Dawg, I love it.
02-28-2004 10:52 PM
heaters and garage

I use a 75k kerosene torpedo in a fully insulated 22 x 22 attached garage. Here in Tenn we don't have much of a winter. I have only used 8 gallons of Kerosene since October and I'm out int he shop about 3 nites a week plus the weekend. It only takes about 10 to warm the place up to sweatshirt temp.
It is much harder to cool the place int he summer. 95+ deg days are dam uncomfortable especially if welding or grinding.
I found that If I use an electric fan with a furnace filter it takes out most of the kerosene smell.

be carefull of the gas fumes. I put the lawn mower and gas cans outside.

02-15-2004 09:15 PM

I wish I had a heater.........Up here in edmonton its at the least, uncomfortable.
Right now I use a propane fired coleman heater and a 1500 watt electric heater. In about 26,500 hours it heats up the garage up to just above freezing. You guys are spoiled. But then again, Im the one freezing in minus 30C conditions. Okay, smart and spoiled.
02-10-2004 12:11 PM
Dubz my grandfather used a woodburning stove in his shop in -30*C (-20*F) weather, it was a good sized shop too...

up here we do the floor heating stuff with the tubes under the floor, heated by some warm water...

my garage at the moment has a small 220 construction heater, but the garage is all r12 or higher so it stays warm once it gets warm.
02-10-2004 12:00 PM
k2mooch Our water heater just developed a hairline crack in the guts. Dad was FURIOUS to find his water and electric bill so high. He was kinda shocked when I offered to buy it off him for $20.

Time to go shopping for furnace parts. I'm gonna try to build one of those oil burners. I have at least 6 gallons of trans fluid I've spilled in a bucket just waiting to keep me warm.

01-26-2004 05:18 PM
PrimeMover Thanks Dan - with the kind of weather we've been havin' lately, another log on the fire wouldn't hurt.

Let me know, I'll be glad to pay the damage.

01-26-2004 04:49 PM
dinger Hey Prime, I've got a mess of the fake coals, embers and the ceramic fibers that make the logs glow. I'll see if there's any logs around at the store though. Dan
01-26-2004 02:12 PM Yes, forgot to mention the uniform coating of oil!
01-26-2004 02:05 PM
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Heater? I just use a flannel coat.
With temperatures in the mid to low 50's, who'd need much more then a jock strap and a light coat of oil??
Frankly, I hate trying to work on the ride all bundled up like some private-party Ebay package. It's kinda like trying to get the lint out of the old bellybutton with boxing gloves on. But that's just me
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