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Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-22-2010 03:31 PM 1151 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craftsman on the lake

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01-22-2010 03:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: heater heat shot heat tip procom radiant heat shop heat shop heater

A while back I reviewed and also commented on two different blogs regarding recommendations for heaters for the shop. Many people had great ideas that worked for them. Mine was a Procom ventless wall hung radiant propane heater. It heats my insulated 25×25 foot shop to any temperature I want even at zero degrees here in Maine. It’s got lots of good reviews and I ‘m in my second year with it and lt’s worked great. Well, it’s recently gone on sale again at Northern tool for $169 marked down from $230 original price. Just thought I’d give anyone interested a heads up.

Find it here=

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 05:51 PM

Thank you! I have been freezing and I’m in southern California…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 06:00 PM

ironically enough Kindlingmaker – that heater is NOT for sale in CALIFORNIA as the page states…

Thanks for the post Daniel, I recently got the heater from LeeValley:

It does an OK job, but only heats what’s in front of it as Radiant heaters usually do. does this one heats the whole shop? (I guess I should also close the garage door when I’m trying to heat it up)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Fireguy

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 06:10 PM

Craftsman, Do you have any moisture problems in your shot with the ventless heater? Living in wisconsin and not having a heated shop is driving me nuts.

-- Alex

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 07:00 PM

Purplev
I purchased mine with the $39 fan that mounts inside. And mine is the open flame. Sometime I also put an old box fan in front of it and it kicks the air right across the room. And yes, it says that it is forbidden in CA.

Fireguy, No I don’t have moisture problems. Any heat source going from a cold room to hot quickly will cause moisture buildup on the windows and mine did too. I solved it by making some simple stick frames and putting some of that shrinkable storm window plastic over them. No moisture now. I’ve never had it on my tools. Even when they are cold and the heat is turned on.
And I know what you mean. You read about propane heaters and moisture in the propane being given off. I’ve got a ventless gas fireplace in the house and this heater in the shop. The moisture thing is an old wives tale as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never experienced it. Our houses here in Maine are heavily insulated and sealed in plastic too; airtight. Not a problem.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 07:06 PM

thanks! maybe it’s time to take the filter off the box fan and maybe putting it to other uses then.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Kindlingmaker

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 07:13 PM

PurpLev, I am using a small radiant heater now and pointing at the table saw to heat up the iron, sort works like an old pot belly stove… if the stove is 6 inches tall… but it does being up the temp past 30 degrees

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Padre

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 07:15 PM

Just a head’s up, I had the natural gas version of this heater in my 2 1/2 car garage, and moisture was a big problem. It had the enclosed fan and I also used an oscillating stand fan with it.

BUT, natural gas inherently has a lot of moisture in it that is released when you use these type of heaters (non-vented.) The moisture was so bad that when I opened the garage door water actually dripped all over me and everything else under it. My garage door windows would ice up too.

Propane is a different animal than natural gas though. I just am pointing out the natural gas version, not Craftsman’s propane version.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 07:30 PM

Kindlingmaker- thats exactly what I do :) I point it at the granite top of my TS. which is the center of the garage also. like I said – it does an OK job, but it doesn’t really warm up the room (which radiant heaters are not really supposed to do to begin with). just pointing it out I guess.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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eddy

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 03:28 AM

i have been using 1 of the red heaters you see on sale at lowes/homedepot it is a reddyheat works on propane heats my 28 by 34 shop well even with the 12 foot tall walls they run about $100.00 but beats chattering your teeth while trying to make a cut only thing i could find in calif. in that price range that would
push heat around

-- self proclaimed copycat

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yarydoc

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 04:44 AM

I found a small propane heater that had been marked down to $20 so I brought one home. I set it up on a 100 lb tank and it will knock off the chill in about 30 min. I have a 12 X 24 building insulated with 1 inch Styrofoam. Its in my shop pictures.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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