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#1 posted 11-08-2012 02:55 PM

I would just use electric space heaters now (the oil filled type – I think open elements and saw dust wouldn’t mix) and in the spring run a gas line from the house. I ran electric to my pole barn 200 feet from my house by renting a trencher for a day (the kind with what looks like a big chainsaw bar on the front) and backfilling by hand when the line was inspected. Wasn’t fun, but it was doable. Benefit is more BTUs over propane and you don’t have to have another account with delivery fees or tank rental fees. If you want to put heat just where you work, I’ve seen what looks like a florescent tube fixture 4 ft long with heating elements in it. Would be nice over a workbench.

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