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Forum topic by uMinded posted 03-27-2014 01:15 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2014 01:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: garage heater insulation infrared

I have a 440sqft shop with a 7×17 garage door. The doors and windows are insulated, R15 in the walls and R40 in the ceiling.

Now should I get a 1500W infrared heater or a 2400W forced air? I can not get a 2400W infrared as their ridicules prices, those two are all I can really afford.

The garage door opens twice a day in the winter temps of -30c but I only want to keep it from 0-5c.

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 02:07 PM

I use the oil filled radiators in my shop. No flame, has a thermostat, and keeps the shop (400 sq.ft.) jst right.
Might have to pull out a second unit if it gets in the teens (Mississippi).


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#2 posted 03-27-2014 02:55 PM

The current issue of Woodworker's Journal has a great article on heating your shop written by Sandor Nagyszalanezy. I think if you can pickup a copy of the April 2014 issue you will get a lot of info you can use.
I don’t see why you would have to freeze while enjoying you hobby…...................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 12:49 PM

@Redryder Thanks for pointing out that article, while the article was not very useful the BTU loss calculator they mentioned was great. I found out I needed a 20,850BTU heater so I had to go with the force flow. I did spend a bit more and went to one with an enclosed motor so sawdust will not burn it out.

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