Heated Finish (liquid) cabinet

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Forum topic by crossedout posted 02-24-2010 07:19 AM 1034 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2010 07:19 AM

Has anyone built or had experience with or even need a heated cabinet to keep your liquids like finish, glue, paint etc in during the freezing winter?

I’m in Northern Illinois and have a rather large, but unheated shop. I’m picking up a woodburning stove tomorrow and have a couple propane heaters, but I can’t keep the shop heated at all times. Because of this, my glues (and other liquids) are always thick, if not frozen and ruined.

Would you think it possible to simply take a metal cabinet from the store (or better yet a resale shop) and put a light bulb in it?

Would you put the light bulb at the top or the bottom?

Would you put in the effort of installing the light on some sort of thermostat (any ideas as to what kind) or fan?

Thank you in advance.


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#1 posted 02-24-2010 07:24 AM

I ‘ve seen details how to make them in articles . some just use a low wattage light bulb as there heat source in something like an old refrigerator.

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 07:31 AM

That should work just fine. I would start with a 40w bulb, then go up or down if and as needed.

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 12:47 PM

The old refrigerator is a great idea! Otherwise, start with a standard metal cabinet and insulate it. With proper insulation, even a low wattage bulb should keep it warm enough. This is definitely a project for me this summer. I currently store these kinds of things in the basement during the winter but I would much rather have them out of the house.

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 09:48 PM

one about the bulb, set up 2 bulbs. if one burns out, it still won’t freeze and ruin everything. use a 110v thermostat to control temp inside is the easiest way.

just curious, what part of northern IL?

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 12:56 AM

Hey RussV. Thanks for the tip.
I’m in Machesney Park (north of Rockford).

Today, I found a thermostatic heater at our local Farm and Fleet in the “pond and feed heater” section for $18. I think it would work great. I didn’t want to use a lightbulb alone, because I didn’t want it to always be on.

Now I just need a metal cabinet. I could probably be okay at a low setting (50 degrees) in a wood cabinet (which I have).

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