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Old 10-23-2019, 09:58 PM   #1
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Heating your shop/garage

I don't have a shop, only a 1.5 car garage and I would consider myself a novice on the 1st level of auto body but I love doing this kind of work. I'm thinking ahead to winter and my wife is going to take back her garage so I can't pull my 68 in it. I do have a place where there is a 2 car garage with plenty of room and a 12 foot ceiling that I can use during the winter months.
My concern will be heating it and I am wondering what all you use or could recommend in heating this garage. I would prefer a 110 volt although I know that it would cost more. Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:47 AM   #2
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Re: Heating your shop/garage

modine hot dawg nat gas / propane heater unit .

love it . quiet for size / lots of heat / solid unit .

i have a big shop and run a 125k btu unit and leave the shop at 55* and kick up as needed . if to cold i fire up the wood stove .
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Old 10-24-2019, 12:00 PM   #3
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what ever you decide for that space your biggest problem is the 12ft ceilings unless the garage ceiling is insolated , 80 percent of the heating sorce you use will end up above 8ft .
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Old 10-24-2019, 05:08 PM   #4
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Re: Heating your shop/garage

I have a pellet stove in my shop...works pretty good
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:21 PM   #5
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If it is not insulated, prepare to be cold. A 120V heater will be little more then a hand warmer. You need to be thinking in the realm of 20~40k btu and that is just for basic not freezing heat. Electric means serious 240v current.

Assuming it isn't your garage and just a loaner space, best bet is probably one of those radiant heaters that fits on top of a 20lb propane tank. Won't really warm the garage up but might make the space where you are working better. Pair with a battery operated CO detector just in case.

Old carpet to sit or lay on when doing on the ground work really helps. Amazing how fast cold concrete pulls heat out of you. Shag is better then the outdoor stuff.
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Old 10-25-2019, 02:44 PM   #6
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I agree 110v is not gonna do anything...gas is the way to go...we use torpedo heaters at work but you need ventilation...if you use any type of gas heat get yourself a carbon monoxide alarm...you sure dont want to wake up dead...
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Old 10-26-2019, 07:02 PM   #7
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Re: Heating your shop/garage

Great advice, I may have to abandon that "great" idea I had because of how much it would cost to heat it.
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Old 10-27-2019, 05:22 PM   #8
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I wouldn't totally give up on it. A closed unheated space out of the wind is a lot better then an exposed driveway. You may have to time your garage visits to those days where the temps are above your magic 'too cold' number.
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:31 PM   #9
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I have a Propane Gas chicken house furnace in mine , think its 250,000 BTU , hangs in the middle of my 34x48 shop and I can only leave it on about 30 minutes at a time . It gets warm very fast , its also very efficient .
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Old 10-28-2019, 03:53 AM   #10
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Dead Parrot has your answer, I use that system, I only have it on when I in there working, and takes enough of the edge off to be ok. Done this for two years and my cost per year is approx 125-150 per year. Make sure you have a C0-2 detector, and that there is nothing your working on that can't freeze.

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Old 10-31-2019, 09:22 PM   #11
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I can’t help you here. I live in the southeast, and it gets so damn hot here that I added a heat pump system to my shop. So, as a side effect of my a/c install, I have heat that works fantastic for a really decent price.
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:01 PM   #12
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Re: Heating your shop/garage

I have one of these in my 2 car garage, got mine at Home Depot. I’ve added some insulation to the walls but nothing above, still deciding how to finish it off and maintain access to the storage up there. Anyway, it’s 70,000btu, 5 gallons of kerosene lasts about 7 hours and it’s quiet, I can’t stand listening to those torpedo heaters. I normally put a scrap of 2x4 under my garage door to provide ventilation and can comfortably work without a jacket/coat on when it’s 30 degrees outside.

I brought it to work once when it was single digits outside and had to work inside the box of a box truck. We left the door open 6 inches, turned it on and had to work in our t-shirts. Funny part was putting our layers back on before shutting off the heater and being colder inside the shop than we were in the back of that truck!
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:10 PM   #13
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Re: Heating your shop/garage

As a HVAC tech I have serviced quite a few of these things, and in you case this maybe a very efficient way to keep the garage warm.

That is hydronic heating. You basically put a tap on the outlet line of your hot water heater, and another at the relief valve near the bottom of your tank. You use a recirc pump to move water, and a heat exchanger or radiator to give off the heat.

They have issues like recovery is quite slow, but once warm they will keep you place that way.

Use aqua pex for the water lines as copper has a tendency to get pin holes after 5-10 years.
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