Heat in Garage

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  1. sponge003

    sponge003 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I was going to put a woodstove in my house and talked to my insurance agent about it, they have to have it inspected for certain clearances around the stove so they will cover a house fire etc.

    I mentioned putting one in my shop and the agent said they would not cover any fire if I had a woodstove in my shop due to all the flammable stuff in a shop (Gas, paint etc.). I tried to argue the point that I don't really have that much flammable stuff, its in a metal cabinet and he said forget it, not covered period.

    I went with a electric 220v unit from northern tool works great, my shop is heavily insulated(helps in the summer too).
     
  2. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I was going to do the same but bought a small 220v heater for my 20x30 shop I think it's a 4000 watt but I hardly ever use it
     
  3. JONESYFXR

    JONESYFXR Veteran Member

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    I got my 60,000 radiant for trade.....if I removed it, it was mine. So it was a cheap, low cost alternative!
     
  4. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Here, wood costs more than natural gas, so it isn't much of a choice. Wood means lots of work. Natural gas takes care of itself.
     
  5. Mike N

    Mike N Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I use a kerosene salamander.
     
  6. Philly

    Philly Veteran Member

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    I DO! -24C HERE DURING THE DAY TODAY.
     
  7. 4rcFed

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    I need to measure my detached garage, but I would estimate it around 24'x40'.

    There is no insulation right now. I could do something on the bottom side of the trusses, but the it is a block garage. Any good ideas on how to insulate them on the inside?

    I've been wanting to figure out a cost effective way to heat it when I need it, but still searching for ideas. I use a torpedo heater for now, but I always need to make a clear path for it. Would rather have something that I can suspend overhead if possible.
     
  8. harbone66

    harbone66 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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  9. reaboy

    reaboy New Member

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    My cousin pulled a good one for heat for his "dirty shop" (rottiserie, weld, fab, and clean paint booth on back). He has a small shed outside - probably 4'x8' or so. It houses a custom made boiler manufactured from a large propane tank. He burns scrap pallets that he pays $90 a dump load for. Anti-freeze lines go underground to his dirty shop where he runs it through a truck radiator with a Wal-Mart box fan behind it blowing the heavenly heat. Ain't pretty but gets it done for $90 a season in Iowa where it has been below zero for most of the last month.
     

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