|Project by topcat||posted 12-05-2011 11:24 PM||1898 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Okay, it’s not exactly wood, but it is for all of my finishes and glues. Winter is coming and till I get some heat in the garage, I can’t just have the stuff freeze. So, one of the (ahem) metal cabinets was fitted with some 1” polyisocyanurate rigid insulation. This gives me just about R-7 and the reflective surface helps matters that much more. The heat source is a 125W infrared lamp on an old thermostat from a torpedo heater. I added the temp guage because I had one left over from a job. For some reason, they sent one out in deg. C. Kinda useless here in America, but I can use it. It looks fancier, anyway. It seems to be working. It’s been in the 30’s and 40’s and I’m recording 15-18 deg. C, or 64.4 deg F. inside the cabinet. The lamp cycles on and off about once an hour and stays lit for about 15 min. at a time. That’s 6 hrs. a day of on time, or about $.27 per day. Not too bad. I am expecting a longer on time in January. This cabinet will eventually have doors and this will help keep the cold out, as well . . . and I promise to build them out of wood!
P.S. The last picture shows the thermometer and the copper “T” that’s holding it from the back side.
-- Tom - As you get older, you learn to hide your mistakes better