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Blog entry by Farrout posted 01-22-2014 02:49 PM 1166 reads 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, let me say that I am neither bragging nor apologizing for living in Florida.
We have our share of natural problems. Sink holes and hurricanes to name a couple.
But, this morning it was 45F when I went to work in the shop. I was afraid to use the power tools
because my hands were getting stiff.
What kind of temps do you work in and if you heat your shop, how warm do you keep it?

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 03:08 PM

It is 8 below this morning in norhtern NH, my shop has radiant coils in the slab, I keep it about 60 F.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 03:18 PM

I live in Central PA, and my shop is not heated, I have a little propane heater that I put in there when it gets really cold. My shoptime is decreased during the winter for this fact, however I do still get out there pretty regularly, and often work in temperatures in the 30’s. I find if I keep moving, it isn’t too bad. Unfortunately, I have to do all my glue up and finishing in the basement this time of year, which can be a pain.

-- Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 03:34 PM

Here in Iowa its been about 20 degrees colder than average for weeks, a couple of days had highs of -9. I found a used house furnace (forced hot air) cheap and I keep it 50 – 60 while I’m working, then shut it off completely when I’m done. Unfortunately theres no insulation(yet) so with the extreme cold I cut back on shop time. I’m anxious for spring :)

-- Wilson

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 03:34 PM

Cold? Oh yeah… -7 F in the thumb of Michigan when I got up this morning. Now it’s a mild 8 F above (10:35 EST).
All is well in the shop, set at 55 F, bump it up to 60 or so when I go out there.
If I don’t turn it down when I leave, SWMBO gets cranky… ;^(

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 03:37 PM

-2° a little further South in Concord, NH… Accuweather says the “Real Feel” is -23°…
I have one of those radiator type electric heaters going in the basement shop right now, but it’s essentially un-heated… Un-used too, until this cold snap ends!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 03:47 PM

It’s 10:43 AM in North Georgia right now and it’s 19 degrees. I do have heat/air in the shop and I try to keep it 60 degrees in the winter and 80 in the summer. In the spring and fall my ventilation fan should do the trick.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 03:48 PM

was -25 F 2 nights ago. I heat the shop with a big 10000W electrical heater; despite the shop being fully insulated it still costs me about $300 a month in electricity in the winter!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 03:53 PM

At 9:51 AM, SW Oklahoma is 33 deg. They are expecting 19 for a low tonight and 29 for a high tomorrow. Get braced folks there is another one coming in. I heat when I work and let her sit the rest of the time.

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 03:56 PM

It has warmed up to +8 F in SE PA. Overnight, it was 2 F with a wind chill of -25 F. I use a pair of ceiling mounted radiant heaters that swivel to heat the area where I am working. I can get the shop into the 60’s if I leave them on all day. Usually 50 F is good enough.

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#10 posted 01-22-2014 03:57 PM

It’s 27 above here this morning in western Montana. My well insulated shop doesn’t seem to get below 40 at night if I use it every day. On sunny days I open my garage door and let my solar heater do the work. It keeps it around 65 degrees without turning on the gas heater.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#11 posted 01-22-2014 04:04 PM

it was 5 degrees at my house this morning just north of Washington DC. A bit chilly out there. When outside shoveling snow, I put on my hearing protection muffs. It looks funny but the inside is well insulated, keeps the wind off your ears and seriously helps tolerate the cold.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#12 posted 01-22-2014 04:27 PM

-12 here in Syracuse, NY this morning with wind chills around -23. Shop is an attached one car garage (not used for parking). It has a duct from the forced air furnace in the house and an 8’ electric baseboard heater to help. It stays 60-65 in there.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#13 posted 01-22-2014 04:53 PM

Last night it was hovering right about 0, and I use two radiator style electric heaters in the shop. I can get my working temperature, with the doors closed, to about 40 degrees, which is warm enough to work in, if I keep moving. I can’t do any glue-ups or finishing in the garage, so I bring everything into the spare room.

-- --Shafe

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#14 posted 01-22-2014 05:08 PM

I heat to keep the shop above 55 deg f. That is very rare though. I cool to stay below 75 deg f. I am in coastal Texas…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#15 posted 01-22-2014 05:12 PM

We’ve had a warm winter so far here on the southwest coast of Norway. It’s about -2C right now. Normally it’s colder. I have a well insulated and heated shop so I can work out there regardless of the temperature. In the summer we average about 18C which is about 64F.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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