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#1 posted 11-08-2012 03:23 PM

I am more concerned with cooling living in Coastal Texas, but I do heat during late Dec – mid Feb when the temps reguarly go below freezing overnight.

It sounds like you have the first, and most imprtant thing handled, which I am working on. Insulation. Keep the heat where you want it, either in or out.

I don’t recall exactly your shop size, but I do remember it wasn’t tiny, but then again, not huge. Maybe 16×20 if I recall… I am in 18×20, and when I was fully uninsulated, unsealed doors, and VERY drafty walls (I figured out why when I opened the walls up and fixed that!), I used one 1500 watt oil filled radiator in the shop. I would put it in the shop at night, let it run until morning, on medium high. It kept the shop in the mid to upper 60s while there were 20 degree winds blowing outside, and through the gaps in my walls. (Did I mention I fixed that garbage?). My shop is 18×20…

Honestly the radiator takes too long to heat everything up. I have more or less stopped using it. I have a Mr. Heater Portable Buddy heater, 9K BTU, Low Oxygen cutoff etc… that I use now. You can use a vented heater for added safety, but I honestly feel pretty confident in the safety devices on this heater. On the sawdust issue. Just get the heater going. Once going, it is a radiant catalytic type heater, no open flame other than the start up. THEN you can produce the dust just fine…

I thought about a dedicated propane garage heater, but honestly, it’s not worth it to me… Maybe if I was in your situation, but then again, think about it this way, a portable heater you can take fishing with you…

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