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10-18-2016 05:42 PM

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Hey All,

Winter will be here before we know it and I unfortunately live in Ohio where it can get rather cold. I been looking online for a heater to get my garage at a comfortable working temperature when it gets into the single digits outside. I have a 2 car garage with insulated walls but a standard garage door with no extra insulation or anything. It seems like the only viable options for electric heaters are 240V. I already installed a 240V outlet for my table saw and I really don’t want to put another one in for a heater. I’m not too keen on butane or kerosene heaters because I don’t want to have to mess with refilling them all the time. Does anyone have any solutions or setups for electric heaters using a 120V plug? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 05:58 PM

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 08:04 PM

You won’t get much heat out of a 110V heater, especially when trying to heat a garage in low temps!

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 08:24 PM

I figured 1 wouldn’t be enough but just wanted to see if anyone has a solution with maybe a couple heaters or something.

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#4 posted 10-18-2016 08:38 PM

You are right about Kerosene and Propane being a PITA to fill ,and the colder it gets, the more you fill/burn/fill /on and on.
I highly recommend Quarts overhead radiant heater ,lee valley sells them for good price.

Also for warming up your lower body I suggest a Presto Heat dish ,I know electric heating cost more but it is 100% effecient and very convenient.
For more permanent solution ,a propane overhead radiant heater is the best but it cost a lot more to install .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 08:47 PM

I too live in ohio and I have gas heat in my shop, another option that I’m considering is some property about an hour drive south of Cancun to wait out the winter. I realize that will help really no one but me. I would start with installing some 2” styrofoam in the door, cut to fit, then make sure your door gaskets all around and on the bottom are in good shape for keeping out as much air as possible. There are 240V heaters that can put out decent heat but those I have any experience with pull tremendous amps, on the order of 60A – 100A. At that range they’re just matching what a 80K – 120K BTU furnace or heater can put out.

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#6 posted 10-18-2016 10:05 PM


I am a Buckeye in the opposite corner of the state where I work in a two car attached garage with an insulated garage door, insulated walls, and 9” of fiberglass insulation in the attic. Several years ago I tired of running out to buy kerosene so I switched to infrared electric heat. The three low profile lamp panels are ceiling mounted and controlled by a thermostat. These units keep the shop comfortable on cold days and have added maybe $20 to the electric bill.

The problem this solution poses for you is that the units require 240 volts. A 30 amp circuit will support up to four of model of infrared heaters I purchased. If you are interested, I posted a review of the heaters at

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#7 posted 10-18-2016 10:20 PM

I have a 30k ventless natural gas heater which I like very well.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 10-19-2016 12:20 PM

Wood stove.

-- If the tool was invented after the Depression, I don't need it.

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#9 posted 10-19-2016 04:50 PM

I took the heating element out of a bathroom heater and hung it in front of a small fan. It’s kind of a fire hazard.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 10-20-2016 02:21 PM

Thanks everyone for the input! Now its time to research and put a plan into place before it gets really cold :|

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