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Old 11-05-2008, 04:40 PM
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I am going to get a forced air heater for the shop. It is a 30x30 12 ft high and insulated. I have seen the propane and kerosine forced air sho heaters. I was planning on getting the kerosine/diesel heater. But my dad said it would stink up the garage and that I should go with the propane one. I was wondering if thediesel would stink up the shop
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Not sure what type shop you have, but when I built our shop (45' x 80' x12 ceilings) I installed two larger electric heaters, basically one in each corner of the garage. While they may not have the ultra high output of a gas heater, they also don't have any flame or spark which make them the logical choice for those that do painting or other jobs where flammable fumes may be involved. I also like the fact that we can just keep the heat very low and warm the shop up to operating temp when we are there. I have a inside office that I also have another smaller electric heater, and it works very well and efficient. Good Luck
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I am going to get a forced air heater for the shop. It is a 30x30 12 ft high and insulated. I have seen the propane and kerosine forced air sho heaters. I was planning on getting the kerosine/diesel heater. But my dad said it would stink up the garage and that I should go with the propane one. I was wondering if thediesel would stink up the shop

The kerosene and diesel heaters work quite well but with the highly unstable fuel prices being what they are I personally would not even consider one as it very well may become too expensive to operate. Also that smell with the unvented type is more than just an annoyance it is just downright unhealthy and may make you sick! I have been in lots of shops and other areas where these things have been used and just looking around it is usually easy to see lint and dust clinging to everything in the shop, this is because of the oily film that they are coated with. Breathing that crap into your lungs along with the tiny particles you can't see, mostly soot, can harm your health over time-everything from sinus problems and chronic headache to coughing and shortness of breath. It just makes sense that if the odor is that strong it is obviously highly polluting and confining it in an unclosed shop is a really bad idea.

One more thing, if someone tells you their unvented heater does not smell don't just take their word for go see for yourself. I will give you odds that if they have been using it for a while they will not be able to smell it at all even if the odor is strong enough to make you gag!
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i've got a 27x30 with 10ft. ceilings. fully insulated r-13 bats in the walls and r-30 blow in the ceiling. i went with a dayton g73 electric forced air heater. it works well. runs on 220v. has a built in thermostat. quiet and i don't have to buy kerosene or any other fuel. the g73 is rated at 5000 watts and supposed to cover 500 square ft. i have 810 sq ft. but it is doing the job. they have another model rated at 7500 watts that would probably do what you need pretty easy. i ordered mine at http://www.air-n-water.com/. quick shipping and great customer service.
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go to a mobile home salvage place and buy 2 or 3 trailer furnaces. they run on LP or some do run on natural, but in any case they could be converted... you could put them on 3 walls with the thermostats close to there general area... just cut holes to pipe the exhaust outside, or you could have them tie togther and go thru the roof like they would in there original application... you probably won't spend more than $1-200 per furnace from a salvage place, there efficent ( generally 75% with a piliot light and 85% with electronic ignition ).
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One more thing, if someone tells you their unvented heater does not smell don't just take their word for go see for yourself. I will give you odds that if they have been using it for a while they will not be able to smell it at all even if the odor is strong enough to make you gag!
in my house, we have a blue flame LP gas ventless wall heater that works very well, and burns very clean as long as it is kept clean. burning dust turns the flame yellow and thus, causes soot.. and altho not odorless, there is not much odor.. it's designed for 300 sq ft ( don't remember the BTU ) but recently kept 90% of our house ( 1,600 sq ft ) heat to 71* during a 4 day power outage with no furnace..
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I bought the propane one last night because my dad agreed to go in half for it. I think it is going to do pretty good since I only have a 1500 btu elctric heater in there now
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When you mount it , mount it as high as possible.
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