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GARAGE HEATER....Which Do You Like..Looking for Advice

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hellerlj, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Early Ironman
    Joined: Feb 1, 2016
    Posts: 553

    Early Ironman

    If I were to build a shop.
    I would put in radiant heat if I’m already pouring a slab.
    But otherwise a gas furnace is great!

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  2. 03GMCSonoma
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 251


    I have a 75,000 btu Hot Dawg gas heater for my 3 car garage. I don't know what it cost at it was in when I bought the house. Start it up and in 15 minutes you can go to work. Set the thermostat and forget about it.
  3. Lona_Joseph
    Joined: Jan 13, 2020
    Posts: 1


    I have one of these in my three+ car garage and it works, yet the dampness is an issue. I likewise have a kerosene heater that is convenient. I use them both, yet I utilize the kerosene one all the more frequently since I have discovered that all I truly need is to keep the zone that I am working in a smidge hotter than it would be with no warmth. I used to have a one vehicle carport and the kerosene heater got the entire thing warm in about a 30 minutes and on the off chance that you turned the warmer down, at that point in the wake of getting it warm, it tasted the lamp oil for at any rate 8 hours for each tank fill. I have been paying about $2.50/lady for kerosene from my neighborhood fuel provider. In the event that you have an air terminal anyplace close, you can utilize fly fuel and that might be less expensive.

    The propane heater gets things a lot hotter, yet I surmise I don't generally mind that much. FWIW, I live in far northern WI, it gets cold as damnation here in the winter.

    My carport is really separated so that the area has the propane wall heater is in a closed off room with an inside entryway. That segment of the carport is protected. The bigger fundamental area, which is about a the size of an enormous 2 vehicle carport is un-insulated.I can put a fan in the entryway and blow warm air into the large segment, yet I blast through the propane on the off chance that I am attempting to get it truly toasty. The idea of attempting to keep the warmth running all winter to keep that segment warm makes my wallet hurt.
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  4. I'm leaning towards a Hot Dawg type heater once I get a few things squared away with my garage. I need to take down my crap-catcher loft to give me more head room. I'd like to get the roof spray foamed, all the pink panther stuff does is make a home for mice. I have a kerosene heater, but I'm looking for something that doesn't get in the way and I don't have to fool with it.
  5. hellerlj; I certainly hope you've got your heater choice figured out by now(orig. post 2012)
    -44C here today with the wind chill factored in.
    Forecast is for colder tomorrow.
    They say this sort of shit builds character?
  6. Wantiqu
    Joined: Sep 14, 2020
    Posts: 2


    Hi all, I found your forum when searched "heater for my garage". So hope you will help me.

    What kind of heater for the garage do you use?

    How do you vent the garage?

    How fast does the fuel run out?

    I have a two car newer garage that is up insulated, live in the Midwest. Don’t wanna run a 220 line from the house.

    Looking at: Kerosene radiant Propane radiant Kerosene torpedo/ salamander Propane torpedo few good heaters, so hope for your help and experience. The price doesn't matter I play online games on the best quality casino so I have a lot of money. I found this casino on, and I like this website - they give useful advice for gamblers. So if you need help visit them..And thanks a lot for your help with my question.
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  7. Hot Dawg type hanging furnace vented thru the roof along with a couple 100 lb propane cylinders.
  8. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,805

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    I installed a Mini Split in my garage in CT Heats 24 by 30 garage to a warm enough to work in temp and will freeze you out in the summer if you want. I like mid 60s work temp in winter, 70s in summer and it
    gives me that. Garage is pretty well insulated, vapor barrier under slab, no condensation issues do far, but the mini split does have a dehumidify mode also. Since I only run it when working out there the operating cost is low.
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  9. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,148

    from Burton, MI

    I have a wood furnace in the back of my garage. Insulated the ceiling this past spring. It reaaly works well but being wood it takes a few minutes to get going. I get a fire going and leave for a bit (10-15 min). It's nice and toasty when I get back in to work.
  10. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,328


    Years ago I bought an old house electric furnace for 75 bucks and used it in my shop. The shop is very well insulated but I could turn it on heat it up and then shut it down for a couple of hours before heating again worked great
  11. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,500


    I've said it before, Infra red is what I have as long as you have the head room. Mine is propane powered, quit, efficient and maintenance free. One tube running length of building (60') 30' of that is heating element rest is intake and exhaust. Constantly on 42 degrees when not in building and whatever I want when I'm in there.

  12. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,477

    from Indiana

    Anyone do any real painting in your garage in the winter with any of these small heaters? Can you get a consistent temperature? I’m looking at a budget of 400-500$ range have a two car garage fairly well insulated.

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  13. I have a Mr Heater 45,000 BTU natural gas furnace (hangs from ceiling). There was another model of same with more BTU's (60,000?). I seem to remember you could also buy the same heaters set-up for propane. I've been happy with mine in my 1000sqft garage. Had it since '09.
  14. I would be more concerned with fumes and ignition sources than I would maintaining temperature. So I never paint in the winter.
  15. HarryT
    Joined: Nov 7, 2006
    Posts: 606


    I have a 75,000 BTU HotDawg suspended heater, propane fueled. It does a great job heating my well insulated 26x30 garage.
  16. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,613


    For those who use wood burners, check with your insurance company prior to installing one. I acquired a used one that heated a large 2 story house to use in my 30 x 40 x 12 high pole barn in western Michigan. It was great until my wife decided to change the insurance company. When their inspector saw my wood burner, he told the wife there would be an additional $500 per year tacked on to the premium. It seems as though there are people who start their heaters with paint, gas or whatever flammable they have handy. Because of them, I had to get rid of a perfectly good heat source even though it was properly installed.

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  17. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,477

    from Indiana

    Good point.

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  18. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,500


    Alanp I have been fortunate enough to live 71 + years all but 10 not being a car nut. I have seen and used almost every trick in the book. I had a gas tank blow up on me after I had it filled with water and started to weld on it, I'm not the brightest some times I was 18 then. I have learned. If you have a fire in a shop when using a wood stove you will not be covered unless the insurance company knew before hand that it was your source of heat. Too many of us try to save money, there is a thread on here about a HF lift. Come on if you can't afford to do it 100% correct don't do it. Your wife, kids, parents, girl friend, boy friend and space alien will thank you. I've had someone on hamb say "some of us don't have the money like you" they certainly don't know me. Again if you can't afford to do it right don't do it.

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  19. 2D559B8C-C48F-44F1-B612-FCABB69B7BF3.jpeg Well I posted on this in 2012 about my direct vent garage furnace and how happy I was with it. NOW, in my new garage in Colorado, I have a 220volt 1500 amp heater hanging from the ceiling and really wish I’d not giving away my direct vent that I schlepped across the country with me. It “works” but not really what I’ve become accustomed to. I’m back looking for a wall furnace much like my old one so I can stay comfy during the winter months . Mitch
  20. bigdog
    Joined: Oct 30, 2002
    Posts: 651


    I've got an old (at least 40 years) Resnor hanging heater. A couple years ago I bought a 220 volt portable electric heater from Grainger. Leave the Resnor turned down and use the electric where I'm working. There's no comparison between the little 110 volt heaters and a good 220 volt.

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