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12-07-2009 01:46 AM

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Here in SE Tennessee it gets reasonably cold in the winter. I think it was mid 20s this morning here.

My shop is in a walk-out basement with 2 garage doors so when it gets real cold outside it only gets down to about 50 or so.

i really only need to bring the temp up about 15+/- degrees as I see it.

My shop is approximately 26’ x 30’.

I found a small propane heater at HD but worry about sawdust combustion, albeit perhaps unfounded.

So I look to all the knowledgable folks here on LJ for some sound advice.

What say you jocks?

Thanks
Scott

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell


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#1 posted 12-07-2009 01:51 AM

I’m in North Fla, so it dont get real cold, but I have always used a 60,000 btu kerosene fired heater… have had no problems so far, just make sure you have enough fresh air to prevent carbon monoxide posioning
Mine looks like this….

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 02:13 AM

I use a propane heater that mounts on top of the tank. As long as it is at least 40, it keeps me comfortable in shirt sleeves in my shop. Any colder and I stay inside the house. LOL Set it on one end of the shop and use a small fan on low to circulate the warm air.

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 02:17 AM

i have a gas forced air heater in the corner of my shop, the thing runs like a champ, it has to it only got to 9 degrees outside today.

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 02:20 AM

Wood magazine has a special issue “Best-Ever Home Shop Ideas” and it has some very good info on shop heating. It covers all the different types of heaters and gives a breakdown on pros and cons for each type and
covers the pros and cons of fuel types. I believe I got it at Lowe’s.

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 02:20 AM

I have my shop under the garage since I have a walkout basement too. I use a Modine forced air gas heater. Its the Hotdawg. It works great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 02:28 AM

Being you are in a basement is there the possibility of tapping into the homes heating and cooling? If you have forced air it would be a fairly simple process. I dont know what systems you have available for home heating and cooling but you might look there.

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 02:30 AM

Dan,

what type of ventilation do you use , if any?

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#8 posted 12-07-2009 02:33 AM

I have hot water heat in the floor, it works great, you can sit on the floor and your butt doesn’t get cold, I use a boiler in another room, so I don’t have to worry about saw dust combustion.

-- Smitty!!!

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 02:36 AM

If your furnace is in the basement you can always cut another duct into existing ductwork and run a register. If you run propane heat make sure you have it properly vented.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 02:37 AM

Scott, There is enough air leakage around the doors and my DC is outside and draws air out of the shop. Ventalation has never been an issue.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#11 posted 12-07-2009 02:41 AM

Dan, Any concern with sawdust combustion?

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#12 posted 12-07-2009 02:44 AM

None, I keep it at one end and use my DC, don’t have much loose dust anytime.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#13 posted 12-07-2009 05:58 AM

i heat with a wood stove…the one reason is that i can always get some wood to put in there…no matter what is happeneing in the world…..gas prices can shoot out the window…and i dont care…and i love the way a wood stove makes the shop smell…reminds me of my alaska days…...and i can cook on it if i prefere

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#14 posted 12-07-2009 06:03 AM

building me a small shop and want heat in the floor (hot wate) so glad to hear someone else has. wife is not in favor but seems simplest as no heater taking up room or combustion issues. besides here in nebraska it does get a bit cold. my father-in-law has an infrared heater and it seems to work just fine.

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 06:04 AM

I’d like to have a wood stove, but I have a propane heater at the ceiling like a service station. It goes through a lot of propane if I kick it on.

So I’ve got a Tyvek suit that I put on that really keeps me warm. Today it was 30 outside and 50 in the shop without heat. The wood pile keeps it warm.

I only turn on the heater if I’m going to be in there over a couple of hours. I do put the heat on (Electric baseboard) in the bathroom. I don’t like a cold seat on my seat.

-- 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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