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Project by hoosier0311 posted 11-30-2014 10:57 PM 2064 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were all batting around how to deal with the cold a week or two ago. I came up with this. I can put stain glue, paint whatever in it to keep it from freezing. It is made totally from scrap wood I had laying around the shop. I made two shelves that wrap around the perimeter to allow the heat from the 60 watt bulb to reach everything in it. It has been as cold as 18 degrees here so far. On the second day of “teen” cold the cabinet got down to 57 degrees, Working pretty good so far.

-- atta boy Clarence!





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changeoffocus

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#1 posted 11-30-2014 11:00 PM

How did you insulate?

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#2 posted 11-30-2014 11:24 PM

I was going to suggest insulation.

I would employ this solution, however….
My shop is in the basement, so it stays about 55 during the winter.
I do, for me however, have a space heater to take the chill off!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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hoosier0311

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#3 posted 11-30-2014 11:26 PM

No insulation yet. This was just to see if a light bulb could create enough heat to do the trick. I plan to make a larger floor standing model in the future. I think I will use styrofoam between layers of plywood. I just used Polyurethane glue to fill to gaps and voids in the scrap wood.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#4 posted 11-30-2014 11:48 PM

Nice design Denny. Glad it works for ya.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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changeoffocus

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#5 posted 11-30-2014 11:49 PM

I would recommend some manner of rigid fiberglass insulation because Styrofoam is prone to melting and or catching fire. I have used fiberglass ceiling tile without the vinyl face(flammable)
For high temp we use rock wool batts
We use similar cabinets to keep welding electrodes dry and warm so are on the right track (IMO)

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 12:00 AM

The biggest problem I see is THEY’VE QUIT MAKING 60W BULBS! Believe me, those CFLs just won’t cut it. Better lay in a good supply if you can find them.

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hoosier0311

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 12:25 AM

I did not know they stopped making 60 watt bulbs? what are CFLs?

Bob, that’s a great idea! I can pick up some of those ceiling tiles dirt cheap.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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firefighterontheside

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#8 posted 12-01-2014 12:28 AM

Compact fluorescent.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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changeoffocus

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#9 posted 12-01-2014 12:34 AM

You can buy rough service bulbs at Menards or any good electrical wholesaler. Try to buy the ones rated for 130V as they last longer.
We used to use 240 volt bulbs (in this case 120 watt) as they really last a long time, I don’t know if they are still out there.
They work great in machine rooms.

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#10 posted 12-01-2014 01:06 AM

Great idea. You could put in halogen if you need more heat.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 12-01-2014 03:34 AM

Looks good. Get one of those plug in thermostats so it’ll turn on and off when it reaches whatever temperature you set it for.

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#12 posted 12-01-2014 03:45 AM

Great idea, thank you for sharing this

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 12-01-2014 04:12 AM

Combine the idea of a halogen bulb by Monte Pittman & the thermostat by ChuckC and you have the perfect solution. More than enough heat output even with a 150 watt bulb and the control of the temperature using the thermostat.

Yes our so called smart government has banned the production of the light bulb as we knew it. I do not use the CFL bulbs and had foresight enough to stock up 60 cases of 100 watt incandescent bulbs a year or so ago. Hopefully it will last the rest of my lifetime.

Great idea on your project by the way! My garage is heated with a gas furnace otherwise I would use your idea here!

-- EdwardNorton

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#14 posted 12-01-2014 04:27 AM

If you insulate the box a standard incandescent bulb should work fine. Just get a thermostat.

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#15 posted 12-01-2014 02:57 PM

seal the cans tight. wouldn’t want the garage to go boom

-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

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