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A new shop in the making #22: A real test of the infrared gas heater

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 12-16-2008 10:48 PM 1609 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday the outside temperature peaked at -40°C/F and today it’s still down in the 25’s.
I have been keeping my overhead Calcana heater set at 50° F when not in the shop.
It has been right on the mark for the last 3 months.
Yesterday I went in and set the thermostat to 65° F and at – 40 outside it took about 10 minutes to reach a comfortable 65°. ( also a testament to the R22 Roxul wool insulation I used to encase the joint)
It also warms the metal on the table saw and the floor gets stocking foot warm in minutes.

These devices are everthing they claim and best of all they take no footprint with the vaulted ceiling design I chose.

From new shop

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner



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Karson

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#1 posted 12-16-2008 11:32 PM

Bob Looks like a great deal. Is it propane, natural gas or electric? And what has been your experience in operating cost.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 12-16-2008 11:49 PM

i will never moan when it gets to -1c/f again lol how do you manage in that weather mate

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Bob #2

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#3 posted 12-17-2008 12:11 AM

Kason, It’s a N/gas uit.
I haven’t checked my gas bill yet as this was the first cold snap this year. I put in a high efficeincy furnace in the house a few weeks ago too so it will be difficult to compare with last year.
The reports I have read suggest a 30 -40% reduction in natural gas usuage for the equivalent BTU output.

With the insulation etc. I am expecting to heat the cold months like this for about $35-$40 and less as it

warms. That’s what the president of Calcana told me I should expect right now.

Pommie, at the risk of bringing out “coldest day” war stories I will tell you that it was -73 Dec 15th 1964 . With the wind chiil, at the air base where I was working, it hit -90.
How do you cope???? I don’t know.
There’s no snakes or mosquitoes that’s for sure.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 12-17-2008 06:37 AM

It sure sounds like a good deal, Bob. Let us know how the cost comes out.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-17-2008 06:41 AM

you know its cold when?.......................you have to slam the truck door because the latch is frozen and the hinges, which are also frozen, break, and the whole door is at your feet, and then you spit on the frozen door that has fallen off your frozen truck and the spit hits the window like a golf ball….....................and the window shatters …......I’m not personally fond of the cold but there are parts of Canada that get pretty darn cold and I am quite sure that the expression “freeze the balls of a brass monkey” came from some tall ship sailer who couldnt believe his eyes as he approached the shores of Canada in the winter.

If there is one good thing about heating bills right now, its that the price of fuel has dropped so I pray that I might stay gainfully employed because I have the same kinda heat system you have Bob.

Cheers

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Bob #2

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#6 posted 12-17-2008 02:30 PM

Ever since 1999 the temperature of the winters have been getting colder.
I am beginning to wonder about the truth about global warming.
If these “experts” are wrong about the warming we are not concentating on the best solutions for increased carbon dioxide levels such as population controls through education and better use of our resources.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Tony

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#7 posted 12-17-2008 07:41 PM

1964 – was this not about the time that the scientists said that we were heading for another mini-ice-age in the next 50 years or so? Well you have to ask yourself the question what do the scientists really know?

The temperatures here in Finland used to be really cold up until 3 years ago – now the winter temperatures have risen a good 10°C. Great for the heating bills, but terrible for the environment – bears are coming out of hibernation in January, due to the warm unstable conditions.

Back onto your heating of the shop – It really sounds like a cosy place to be holed up in the winter – unfortunately my ceiling is not high enough and we have no natural gas to supply the heater, just electricity (and at 0.25€ [$0.35] a kW/h) which is too expensive, I will just have to stick with the wood burner.

You have made yourself a wonderful workshop, I am happy to see that you got all your equipment installed, before “She who must be obeyed” got a foot hold inside – are you still planning the window boxes for outside?

A great series of blogs, filled with information and some humour – thanks Bob

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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dustygirl

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#8 posted 12-17-2008 08:30 PM

Sounds like a great heater Bob.Glad it’s working out ok for you.Had to chuckle at the “no snakes or mosquitoes” :-)

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#9 posted 12-17-2008 09:11 PM

Tony:
At the risk of starting a climate debate, we had a few odd years over the last 40 or so that would lead you to believe that there was a dramatic change taking place but it seems that the weather is pretty much cyclical and bring us 2-3 years of this and then that.
Probably of more consequence today is the very rapid escalation of humans on the biosphere. Each will need a shelter and a steady stream of plant and animal materials to survive. Right now in Canada the Boreal forest is at risk due to pests not normally found in North America. That is a huge impact on the “carbon dioxide filter”. Too bad about the difficulty getting decent fuel prices in your area Tony. I think wood burners are definitely your best bet given the circumstances.

DustyGirl:
I am really pleased with is device for a shop as it responds so quickly and is very energy efficient.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 12-22-2008 06:13 AM

Just noticed Roxul in the HD here in Brandon. Why did you choose this over the traditional pink stuff?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Bob #2

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#11 posted 12-22-2008 07:05 AM

Hi Mark:
Roxul is denser and thus more noise proof. It is also fire rated which the pink is not.
So, I keep my neighbours happy from machine noise and my insurance down with the extra fire retardant protection.
It’s a lot easier to put in too with the more rigid batts.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 12-24-2008 07:30 AM

Thanks, I think I need to do some more research on this…

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 11-08-2011 07:05 PM

Looks good!

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