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It's getting cold out, how do you heat your garage?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tracer55, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. BIG-JIM
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,378

    from CT

    Sweet thanks for posting it.
  2. Frankenstein57
    Joined: Jun 16, 2010
    Posts: 75


    I have had no draft issues, My chimney runs all the way through the top barn and out the roof, within 10 ft of the peak. Most of it is metal insulated, like on some woodburners stacks. The last 15' is standard b-vent. When I first started burning fuel oil, I tried blowing the exhaust out the back of the building, that was dumb-didn't work.
  3. Dodgeramman13
    Joined: Jan 4, 2012
    Posts: 6


    we never had nothing fancy we just use a salamander and karo powerd space heaters nothing better
  4. I wear corduroy and walk around the car a lot- the noise is ridiculous so I crank the tunes!:rolleyes:
  5. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,297


    80K BTU downdraft. 30 x 44 - 14 ft wall R19

    bought 3 furnaces all 4 years old out of a remodel house for $450. got mine free and made $ on the deal
  6. blt2go
    Joined: Oct 27, 2009
    Posts: 551


    180,000 btu reddy heater on diesel. 48" 1.5hp fan in front of it. warms a 50x75 meuller pretty darn good. also a 150,000 btu forced air unit on gas for make up heat to the booth. wish heat was cheaper, but would rather heat than try to cool.
  7. barslazyr
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 339


    I built this last winter, Heats an uninsulated 24x30 shop from 30 deg. to 80 deg. in about 20 min. I also added a used oil tank so we can burn oil and wood.

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  8. TimeWarpF100
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 310


    Got a little warm in shop today and actually turned on the A/C for about an hour! I did add a A/C-Heat Pump but last few weeks have not needed it as 70+ in shop.

    I prefer natural gas heating.
  9. Drewski
    Joined: Feb 22, 2008
    Posts: 275


    I've been heating with this Ashley Imperial wood burner since the 80's. I usually go out early and get the fire started and by the time I've had my morning coffee the shop is starting to warm up. This stove is fairly airtight so it holds a fire for a long time before I have to reload it. It has a blower that switches on automatically when the stove reaches a certain heat level.


  10. Clik
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,920



    That thing looks like it belongs in Dr. Frankenstein's lab.

    I think you've added enough heat sinks thaat you could vacation for a week and not worry about the shop getting cold.
  11. mcknight05
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 24

    from Ontario

    a little coal stove from a train caboose. or atleast thats what i was told. heats my 10 by 20 alright . you get lots of excersize trying to keep it fed with wood.

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    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,422


    I used to use kerosene torpedo heaters, but they suck, dirty, and bad smell. This fall I went to Menards and bought a 45,000 BTU hanging heater designed for garages. I have about $800 total in this, gas pipe, flue, etc. This works great. I keep the thermostat at 50, when I get off work, I turn it up to 60-65, and keep plenty warm. My garage is 24x30, and is very well insulated:)
  13. Shopking
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
    Posts: 106

    from central Pa

    Ceiling hung propane ducted furnace in downstairs shop.Upstairs has an airtight woodstove.
  14. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,666

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    In my shop at work
    I built a giant wood burner 36 wide - 48 deep - 28 tall all ½ plate sides - ¾ plate top - 5’ pipe legs and a 8 inch pipe for exhaust w damper.
    Iv had the top to just under 900 degrees
  15. I use a combination of in-floor (hot water boiler) heat and a natural gas hot air ceiling heater. My shop is well insulated so that even at -10 to -20 below I have no problem keeping it nice and warm with just the ceiling heater. I keep the thermostat set at 52*, costs $50 a mo. to heat, (30'X40' w/14' walls.) I haven't used the floor heat in 3 yrs cause the floor is always comfortable too. :)
  16. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 4,240


    gas heat for the shop...whiskey for me
  17. No Plan
    Joined: Nov 2, 2008
    Posts: 254

    No Plan

    Don't know the actual cost of the heat, but I insulated under my floor before I it was poured (2" 250 rated)(that alone was $2000) (36'x64'x10'), 6" in side walls, and 10 or 13" in ceiling, a 14 x 64 x 7 room above the ceiling, no windows, & 2 very well insulated 8 x 18 overhead doors. N.gas fired 75 gal commerical hot water heater for heat source w/ 2000' of pex tubing in the floor, 2 zones, but I use it as 1. Built the everything myself except I bought the truses,inside is all finish painted sheetrock, dug the 4' footings & poured the floor in 2 pours, paid a guy to finish the floor(trowel the top) w/ cedar on the sides w/ the oh door & on 1 end. 200 amp service. I think I've got about $45000 in it w/ no $ for labor. Hope this helps, it 2 degrees this morning & 66 inside the garage with a toasty warm floor. I LOVE it!
  18. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    My buddy uses one, it feeds pellets fine, but he runs 50/50 corn and pellets. He has to put some oyster shell grindings mixed in to keep the corn feeding. It doesn't take much, in fact, too much is as bad as not enough. Also makes it necessary to clean out more often, but not too big of an issue...
  19. bobjob55
    Joined: May 23, 2009
    Posts: 327


    out here in southern Arizona ,,, it's still 70-75 during the day ,,,,, and 50's during the nite .... if it gets into the 40's,,, i guess i may have to get into my long johns and keep a jacket handy ... summer will be bad for us .. hard to stay cool ....
  20. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Fur-lined clothing.

  21. BashingTin
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 270


    Nope, she's bolted to the stand, and then the stand is bolted to the wall. It's lifted up 18" off the floor because of code. The furnace is rated to only need 3" of clearance on the sides and back.

    I built the place myself, and where I live, codes and inspections are stricter than most parts of the country.

  23. bedfordboys
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 31

    from bedford va

    Waste oil, had a wood stove but it's nice to have instant heat.

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    Torpedo heaters really suck. I used to use one, they put out way too much soot, and smell bad. This fall I went to the local Menards store and bought a hanging gas heater designed for garages. I bought the 45,000 BTU unit. I have aroung $700 installing it, heater, gas pipe, and venting. The thing works great, I keep the thermostat on 50, when I get off work I turn it to 60-65, and I am plenty warm. My garage is 24/30, and is well insulated. I am really happy with the heat.
  25. Sumfuncomet
    Joined: Dec 31, 2011
    Posts: 578


    I have 1200 sf in Maine, 10' ceilings, 2x6 walls,22" floor truss FULL of blown in insulation. I use a small kerosene Toyo wall unit and a wood stove. I heat it to 50 all the time and burn wood to bring it to 70....t shirt weather! I spend 400 on kerosene and about 100 on wood.....I am a carpenter so I burn a lot of scraps and hardwood flooring stuff. Comfortable....that kerosene heater blowing indoors is NOT good for your health at all! OSHA has banned their use indoors.
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,422


    I used to use a torpedo heater, too many fumes and soot. This fall I went to the local Menards store and bought a hanging gas heater designred for residential garages. It was the 45000 BTU unit. Total cost of everything I used was around $700. I have the thermostat set around 50, and turn it up to 60-65 when I get off work. I love having nice clean heat in my garage. My garage is 24x30, and is well insulated
  27. Last Hoorah
    Joined: Nov 13, 2009
    Posts: 107

    Last Hoorah

    28x30 garage, heated by whole house hot air oil burner, given to me by a friend. Pulled out of a home when the oil company he works for replaced it .Heats up the garage in no time!
  28. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Wood, and propane

    250 Gallon oil drum converted into a wood burning furnace, and a few propane sunburst burners to cut the chill before the wood burner gets going

    32x30 x11 insulated shop , it never gets to freezing inside without heat, but its nice when after an hour with the wood going, it heats up to a comfortable temp to work in
  29. N2hotrods
    Joined: Jul 6, 2010
    Posts: 146


    I use a heat pump system to cool and heat my shop.
  30. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    I was given my grandpa's Co-op forced air torpedo my rented 30x40 shop with 9' ceilings and full insulation and the ceiling paneled I went from 20 degrees to 55 degrees out there in 12's a 250,000btu unit and it sucks through diesel like you're flushing a toilet, but good God does it warm the shop fast ;)...I added an inline thermostat to it and it keeps me at a toasty 55 degrees while it was -26 below zero yesterday with the wind chill...

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