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noblevfd

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03-14-2009 02:50 AM

does any one have any info on these heaters would the work to heat my two car garage so I could work more often during cold northwest ohio winters and are they any good I’ve read reviews some good some bad

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#1 posted 03-14-2009 03:43 AM

Aside from the claims of the manufacturer and purchase-validating
testimonials, do you have any evidence at all that this won’t spin
your electric meter like a hamster on meth spinning a wheel?

Electric heaters are very inefficient. The EdenPure is marketed at
a tremendous cost with TV ads… and the vendor passes on those
huge costs to… You.

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#2 posted 03-14-2009 04:02 AM

The first consideration is to insulate the garage. If this is not done, then the heating costs will be extremely high regardless of the type of heat that you choose.

Even though we have a very mild winter here in Gainesville, I insulated the garage, and even cut panels of 1” foam and glued them to the panels of my garage door. I find that a 5100 BTU electric ceramic heater will keep the garage at at least 60 degrees even when the nights occassionally get down close to freezing.

In NW Ohio, even with an insulated garage you will need much more than a small electric heater. If you have gas or propane available I would recommend a Reznor heater with the separate combustion feature (no exposed flame) Stay away from the much cheaper non vented heaters. they put a lot of moisture in the air.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 03-14-2009 04:27 AM

Electric heaters come in two basic varieties, electric resistance (typical heat element) and quartz bulbs that heat an air chamber. The edenpure and suntwin use the quarts bulbs and the typical milkhouse heater uses the heating element.

Regardless of the manufacturers claims, you need to look at the electrical specs. Almost all heaters of both types consume 1500W of power. If it is a model with a high/low setting it is usually 1500/750 watts.

I don’t know why I would buy an expensive heater at $200 to $300 that still consumes the same amount of power as a heater that costs $25 to $50. The less expensive heater will pay for a lot of power with the savings of the initial purchase.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 03-14-2009 04:37 AM

I agree with 8iowa, stay away from any heater that is not vented outside. The exhaust vent carries out the moisture vapor that is created from burning propane, natural gas, or kerosene. This moisture will be trapped in the shop and later condense on your tools.

I can tell you from experience it is not fun cleaning the rust off of all your cast iron. It took me three times of scrubbing the rust off and I put up a HotDawg ceiling mounted unit that is properly vented to the outside.

I have to admit that I did not get a unit that had a dedicated fresh air draw and sealed combustion chamber. I take extra caution when using products that put out a potentially explosive vapor. These types of furnaces do cost quite a bit more, but if I blow up my shop it will have been comparatively cheaper to buy one.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#5 posted 03-14-2009 04:43 AM

I have the same reservations that have been mentioned that is why I didn’t buy one but I thought I ‘d get other opinions and I have looked at the reznor heaters. Thanks for your input and when I figure out how to post pics I’ll get a project posted

thanks noblevfd

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#6 posted 03-14-2009 12:50 PM

I have one of these that I use in my insulated two car garage shop. It’s does not generate enough heat for me to work in the garage. I’m in southeast Michigan, and it maintains a temp in the low 50s. I have not seen any excesive increase in my electrical bills, running it 24/7 costs no more than running my A/C for the house in the summer. I find that it’s useful for making sure things don’t freeze during the winter, but not really not much more than that.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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