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Old 10-31-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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How to heat garage

Was just wondering what you guys use to heat your garage. Just moved to New Jersey from Arizona and would like to work on my bikes year round. Was thinking a standard propane convection type heater, is this safe if its in the opposite side from my gas cans and chemicals? (I know to crack a window for ventilation for C02) Just cant afford to rewire the house (plus Im renting) for an electric ceiling heater and no sure buyintg a few electric space heaters will be sufficent. Thanks in advance!

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Old 10-31-2012, 08:33 AM   #2
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Depending on how big the space is, the Ready Heaters are really nice and will sweat you out. My dad has the 35 and in the dead of winter, we have to turn it off after an hour or 2 because it gets too warm. He has a 4 stall garage but we usually keep the heater facing 2 stalls so it's not really heating the whole space, just were we're working.
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We use an old buck stove with the stack vented outside. Load that puppy down with wood and she'll go all day.

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To the OP, how big is the garage and is it insulated ?

Those are key and will affect you best choice for heat.
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To the OP, how big is the garage and is it insulated ?

Those are key and will affect you best choice for heat.
Not insulated, single car garage attached. I would say no bigger than 500sq ft.
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If it is open studs, I would recommend that you go ahead and insulate it even if it means spending your own money. Insulation is cheap.

A one car garage could be as small as say 12' x 20' or much bigger. 500 sf would be huge for one car. My one car is attached and so it gets some heat from the house and I insulated and installed two electric baseboard heaters in it. They are not fast but give it a couple of hours and it gets plenty warm.

Any kerosene heater would do it much faster but then you have to turn it off and on and off when it gets too hot. If you are on the big side (500 sf) then the woodstove may be a good idea. In a little 250 sf garage you will not want to give up that amount of space.

Another option if you can pick it up cheap is a small unit heater which hangs from the ceiling and can be ran off of a propane cylinder and they make these in hot water versions too if you have hot water heat. These unit heaters come up for sale used all the time.
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If it is open studs, I would recommend that you go ahead and insulate it even if it means spending your own money. Insulation is cheap.

A one car garage could be as small as say 12' x 20' or much bigger. 500 sf would be huge for one car. My one car is attached and so it gets some heat from the house and I insulated and installed two electric baseboard heaters in it. They are not fast but give it a couple of hours and it gets plenty warm.

Any kerosene heater would do it much faster but then you have to turn it off and on and off when it gets too hot. If you are on the big side (500 sf) then the woodstove may be a good idea. In a little 250 sf garage you will not want to give up that amount of space.

Another option if you can pick it up cheap is a small unit heater which hangs from the ceiling and can be ran off of a propane cylinder and they make these in hot water versions too if you have hot water heat. These unit heaters come up for sale used all the time.
Thanks, I think it is more like 250sq ft. Just have my 2 dirt bikes and street bike in there with tools, etc. Dont think the truck would even fit. Its not open studs so no insulating. Ended up buying a propane convection heater for 1250sq ft, will just use that for now. Thanks.
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I have one of those Reddy heaters at my dads in CT if you want it, I'll give it to you. He has been up my ass to get rid of all my shit there and its not worth it to ship it all here. Seriously. I dont have pics, my dad is 70 so he's usless to put on the web but, I have a ton of shit there. PM me, might be worth your while.
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I use one of these guys in my 2 car garage (~350 sq ft). There's no open combustion to worry about igniting fumes or anything like that.



Heats up the garage to a comfortable temp in the winter time within about 30 minutes. My garage is insulated though (walls, ceiling, door) so it keeps the heat in a lot better.
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I grabbed a surplus military multi-fuel heater for my shop (insulated 1000sqft). It's finally cold enough to try it out tomorrow!

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I installed this about 4 years ago. $100 on Craigslist. I am ready to work in on the Tacoma in a t shirt after the heater has been on for 10 minutes.



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I have one of these that I keep in the garage. Its nice because its an A/C and heater. I will keep the garage at 65 when its 40 outside and will get it down to 77-80 when its 95 outside ( not to bad)

plus I can put it in the house and heat/cool a room with a generator if we loose power ( hurricanes etc...)

I love it. just hook it to the window and let it run. I will turn on a few space heaters when it really cold to initially get the temp up, then this unit does the rest. I have a full 2 car arage with 14 ft ceilings (drywalled but not insulated)

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Here is what i installed in my garage.

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I use this ...heats up my double door garage to where I am sweating inabout 10 min

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Can you kill yourself from the fumes from a Herman Nelson? Seems like burning kerosene in a small confined space might not be the best idea.
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Fuck I'm jealous. Even if I had one of these heaters, it would do me no good unless I could fit my truck. If I park all the way into my garage, my DCLB practically touches the garage door.

Should have seen me the other day working on my rear bumper. Truck bed was the only part I could back into the garage. I closed the door until it was almost touching my truck bed and had to use a heat gun to keep the bumper warm so I could paint.
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Started out with an old wood stove. Too much hassle and storing wood at my in town location was a pain. Changed to a pellet stove but that always needed cleaning to work right.



About 6 years ago I swapped out to this. My best investment. I go to the garage to get projects done, not tend to fires.

This makes life soooo easy. Set it, and forget it.

I keep a 100 lb tank outside the garage and a 20lb BBQ tank for backup when the big one kicks it. Generally 1 tank lasts most of the winter.

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