Keeping Glues and Stains from freezing in the winter.

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10-07-2011 08:45 PM

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In a related post on keeping shops warm in winter there was some mention of how to keep glues and stains from freezing. I would like to hear more ideas on this. I live in Central Illinois and I heat my 16×26 shop with propane only when I am in it. Takes 30 minutes to go from 30 to 50 degrees. It is well insulated and unless it gets real cold rarely goes below 30 in the shop. But when it does anyone have any tricks on keeping glues and finishing products from freezing besides leaving the heat on all the time.

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 08:53 PM

There is of course moving them into the house.

I have heard of people using an insulated box with a light bulb that is left on all the time inside.
I have seen a variation on that with a thermostat to keep it from getting to hot

Currently I move them into the house, but I am reorganizing my shop right now and seriously considering the light bulb method. My only concern is it just ‘feels’ like a fire hazard. I guess a thermostat would help with that some by preventing the temp from getting to high, but flammable liquids and hot bulb… just seems wrong.

Last year I did a test with a borrowed heater in the difference between keeping the shop at around 45 all the time compared to letting the shop cool off completely. The results were far from perfect, but it seems that once all the ‘stuff’ in the space is warm, it only cost a little bit more to maintain the temperature above freezing. Also made warming the shop up to ‘working temp’ much faster.

Would love to hear some more ideas from others as well

I may someday add heat to the shop, then my plan will be to thermostat control it and keep it above freezing all the time, but I do have pretty good insulation in my space to begin with.

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 09:05 PM

You got me thinking…
I wonder if something along the lines of a ‘pet’ heater would work in an enclosed space.

Something like this:

Or this (more expensive and much bigger, but has a built in thermostat):

The pad itself wouldn’t get hot enough to cause a fire hazard, but in an enclosed space may be enough to do the job.

ok, now you’ve done it, not going to sleep tonight while I research other possibilities. :)

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 09:36 PM

I use a heating pad in a Coleman cooler far from ideal but I live in Texas and we rarely have temps that low and when we do the temp of the contents keeps it warm unless I have to get a lot of stuff out.

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 11:26 PM

I’ve always used an insulated cabinet with a light bulb in it. I haven’t built one for my new shop yet, but I hope to before winter. I was hoping to find a small refrig or freezer not working, but no luck. Last winter I just brought them into the house.

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 11:57 PM

A 100 watt light bulb will keep an uninsulated box warm enough in SW Oklahoma so it would really keep a refrig warm enough. A metal cabinet with a light bulb would be enough. You can buy bi-metal wafers that act as thermostats. get a 38 degree for a 60 watt and a 34 deg for a 100 watt bulb. I have known people that have done this.

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#6 posted 10-08-2011 03:40 AM

Sorry Murdock. Hope you get some sleep!!!

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