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Old 12-01-2005, 08:29 PM
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Garage heating?

Can anyone recommend a safe and effective way to heat a garage during the winter while considering the possibility of working around flammables?
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:39 PM
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well how big of garage you trying to heat is a question you got to look at. how long you going to be working in the garage. what kind of fuel you want to use. do you want to keep the garage heated at all times or just when your in there.

i mean there are so many options out there
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Old 12-01-2005, 09:26 PM
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I'm just heating a one-car garage on an as-needed basis. My main concern is making sure that if I'm working with flammables the heater won't be a hazard.
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Old 12-01-2005, 09:28 PM
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is it attached to your house and it shouldnt be a problem inless you are leaving the flammable stuff in the garage and fumes build up then you might have a problem when lighting the heater but other then that you should be ok
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Old 12-01-2005, 09:33 PM
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Infared...they make some nice electric infrared garage heaters...they mount on the ceiling...that keeps them away from flammable gasses (any likely found to be in a household/garage are heavier than air...like propane, natural gas, gasoline fumes, most organic solvents...they all go to the floor).

The other nice thing about the infrareds is they make you feel warmer than the garage actually is...so you don't have to heat the entire thing to a comfortable temp to be comfortable working in it. Most have built in "no freeze" thermostats too.
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Old 12-02-2005, 05:18 AM
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I heat my two car garage with a Monitor stove. I leave the thermostat at 60 and it heats the garage all winter on about 150 gallons of kerosene. I'm a woodworker and do a lot of staining, varnishing, etc....and to date I haven't blown myself up. The stove vents to the outside for air intake and exhaust. I love it.
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Old 12-02-2005, 01:31 PM
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I use two radiant heat (oil filled) electric heaters, one at each end of the garage. It's just a one car (three bike) garage. I have spent some time weatherproofing it to keep the heat in. Fiberglass batting is under the pegboard walls and I have good gaskets on the roll up and the walk through door. Only big problem is the high ceiling. Thinking of a ceiling fan to push the warm air back down.
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:43 PM
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i would say a ceiling fan would be a good instalation to push the hot air back down as long as you dont run it on high
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:32 PM
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my garage is part of the house so the centrel heating is also in the garage nice and toasty for my babies
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Old 12-02-2005, 10:34 PM
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To have a warm garage...

Move to Texas! Just kidding.

On the occasion that I get a little cold, and the sweatshirt isn't enough, with the garage door open slightly, I hook a "Mr. Heater" to a propane tank, and it kinda warms the area where you are working.

However, is pretty low to the floor, so I think I might look into that infrared idea. That sounds like a really good plan.

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Old 12-02-2005, 10:35 PM
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You could just leave your bike running for a while, that warms it up nicely...of course, it makes you sleepy, too...







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Old 12-03-2005, 12:36 PM
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This is what the i have a 12'x16' shop inside a garage(24'x40')two layer of old carpet on the floor. Insulation the wall & ceiling. as for a heater i use two Ceramic heater in it (as needed)it take about a hour to raise up 20F. cost to run about 12 cent a hour to run. 1500w so it dose add up. hope this helps
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Old 12-03-2005, 02:27 PM
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Yep bought infra red thing as well ,think you can get bulb thing to go in normal halogen outside light ??

desperate for quick easy heat i use a hot air paint stripping gun in a vice (hair dryer style thing )

works wonders in a shed etc !!!!
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Old 12-04-2005, 04:33 AM
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You might want to consider a small forced air RV furnace. I often see inexpensive used units on ebay. Most would use 12v and would need a converter but if you pick up a "park" model the 110v motors last a long time.

I like the option of being able to position the aluminized tubing to where I need the heat without worry of fire.

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Old 12-04-2005, 04:56 AM
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For the time being, I've been using my gas grill. Put a box fan up by the peak of the ceiling on low. 0 degrees outside and 70+ inside. Takes about an hour to get it that warm. Gotta leave a window partially open.
It worked well for me last winter and so far, this winter. I havn't blown up yet. I plan on tearin down the small one car garage and putting up a shop that any man would be proud to call home. When this happens, I will be useing wall mounted radient heaters. Alot safer. Just need hot water.
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