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Forum topic by Sac posted 06-21-2008 02:46 PM 47598 views 5 times favorited 67 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sac

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06-21-2008 02:46 PM

Hello folks, I am interested in hearing how you heat up your workshop. I have been looking at all types of heaters to use in the garage. I want the safest heat possible. So tell me how you heat your work shop/Garage. Electric? Propane? Wood Burner? I have been looking at Propane and electric so far,

Thanks

-- Jerry


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David Freed

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#1 posted 06-21-2008 03:04 PM

I use a 30,000 btu, non-vented, propane heater in a 770 sq ft shop. It works fine for me.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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Toolz

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#2 posted 06-21-2008 03:15 PM

I use a 150,000 btu kerosene torpedo heater that has a built in thermostat to heal my 22’x40’ workshop. It burns about 5-10 minutes an hour and I run a small fan in front of an electric heater to circulate the warm air.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Eric

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#3 posted 06-21-2008 03:26 PM

I moved to Malaysia and have an open-air shop with a predictable 85-90 degree humid atmosphere year round.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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FlWoodRat

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#4 posted 06-21-2008 03:33 PM

I wait for the sun to rise. Gives me all the heat I can handle. LOL, One of the benefits of living in Florida. What I really need is AC in my shop (garage)

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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David Freed

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#5 posted 06-21-2008 03:34 PM

On a side note, the heat generated by the machinery in the shop will raise the temp about 15 or 20 degrees in about an hour.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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oakdust

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#6 posted 06-21-2008 03:46 PM

I built an addition on the side of my 2 stall garage and installed a gas furnace in the addition. It is ducted into the garage and keeps it toasty warn in Northen Illinois winters. The furnace pulls air from out side and I don’t have an open flame in the shop so I don’t worry about spraying finishes

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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Tim Pursell

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#7 posted 06-21-2008 04:17 PM

I have a 2nd hand boiler on the second floor of my shop that is connected to about 200’ of plastic pipe inside the concrete floor. No flame anywhere near my woodwoking & roasty- toasty tootsies all winter. I love it!

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/tpursell?ref=si_shop

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DaveH

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#8 posted 06-21-2008 04:47 PM

I have a 1000 sf shop and heat with a couple of Dayton 18,000 btu electric utility heaters hanging from the ceiling that do a good job. If your electric rates are high, I would look for another solution. I only run the heat when I am in the shop. I installed wall mounted thermostats to control them.

http://www.air-n-water.com/product/G73.html

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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Harold

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#9 posted 06-21-2008 05:18 PM

I use a wood stove as I always have a bin or two of fuel each day, but my work area is on the small side roughly 460sf….I also do most of the work that generates alot of dust outside once it warms up….

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Roper

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#10 posted 06-21-2008 06:59 PM

the heat in my shop is really just me rubbin my hands back and forth, i usually last about an hour in the winter,i also live at 7000 above sea level.just kiddin i use a portable propane heater for a two car garage, i will start it and let it run for about 15 min. and i’m good for a couple hours.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Loren

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#11 posted 06-21-2008 07:40 PM

You can run radiant InfraRed heaters very cheaply over your bench
area to keep your hands warm.

If you have the space a woodburning stove is great… Tiling a 4’x4’
area in a corner (and up the wall) is generally adequate (though
not necessarily to code) to keep it safe.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Gator

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#12 posted 06-22-2008 09:33 PM

I have a natural gas direct vent wall furnace, with a blower mounted inside to circulate the air…. it takes up no room to speak of.. and it draws it’s air from outside the shop, giving me piece of mind while using flammables..
It keeps my shop at 75 to 80 all winter long up here in Canada…

Doug

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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skydog

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#13 posted 06-23-2008 04:02 AM

I installed a 30,000 btu direct vent “Hot Dawg” unit heater last winter. It’s a bit pricey, and perhaps overkill for my 700 sq ft shop – but very nice. Small, fits close enough to a 9’ ceiling to store plywood sheets on end under it. With the thermostat turned all the way down, keeps the shop at 45 – 48f, even in the Colorado winters, yet warms it up fast when I need to work.

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John in SD

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#14 posted 06-23-2008 05:13 AM

I love my electric base board heaters in my 20×30 shop…...works great here in cold SD.

-- Life used to be soooo much simpler!!!!

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John Gray

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#15 posted 06-23-2008 05:24 AM

DITTO to skydog!! I have a direct vent “Hot Dawg” unit heater. Google “Hot Dawg” and you will find plenty of information they are made by Modine. I love my heater and if I built a new shop I’d install one in it too. Make sure to to get the separated combustion HDS model it uses outside air for combustion so no problem with saw dust.
http://www3.modine.com/v2portal/page/portal/modine/modineMarketsDefault/modine_com/markets/building_HVAC/level_4_content_014.htm

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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