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Garage/ Shop heater

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by chadderkdawg, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. Dec 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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    chadderkdawg

    chadderkdawg [OP] Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to..

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    I have a 500ish square foot garage and 200 bucks to buy a heater for it, looking for any suggestions on the best options.
     
  2. Dec 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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    gtokarski

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  5. Jan 23, 2016 at 2:35 AM
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    I have Hot air oil

    A Nice Wood Stove

    A Radiant Propane heater

    Kerosene forced air heater.

    One thing that makes a big difference is a ceiling fan to push the hot air where you want it.

    Nothing like being up on a ladder to bring that point home

    They have been picked up over the last 25 years they all work go for different heating needs depending on what I need at the time.

    Just what do you need heat all the time in the winter or something to bring the temp up fast for a few hours on the weekends??
     
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  6. Jan 25, 2016 at 3:31 PM
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    3 year old thread. Hope he's figured it out by now
     
  7. Feb 12, 2016 at 6:06 AM
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    I have a 24' x 24' pole barn, so the ground is about 480 sqft. But, it has a lot of open roof area.


    I also have a Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater and i works very well. But, for that size shop you'll probably need two. They are nice because you can hook them to a 20lb tank and they are rated for indoor use; unlike a lot of the torpedo heaters which are not rated for indoor use. And, since these are rated for indoor use, they give you backup heat for the house if it's needed.

    I considered putting in wood stove, but unless you spend a significant amount of time inside your shop, the time it takes to get going and warm up is a bit slow. If you're in your shop all of the time, then a wood stove would be real nice.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2016 at 7:38 AM
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    Assforkr

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    I'm in a 15x12' single bay with 7 foot ceilings and plaster all the way around. Definitely lacking in insulation. Do you think a single big buddy heater would suffice? I'm about to prep to spray epoxy and need to temper the air.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2016 at 8:56 AM
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    MarAgt

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    I know I am very late getting back to you on this one. But, if you only have a 7' ceiling, I would bet that one of these would be sufficient to keep it warm.
     
  10. Sep 28, 2016 at 6:15 PM
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    Assforkr

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    Haha. No sweat. Just in time for the next cold cycle here in mass. I bought the big buddy and it got me to 75-85 degrees after an hour or so. Enough to paint the VW at least.
     
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