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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-27-2007, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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OT sujestion for garage heat

Ive got a 2 car insulated garage. 19' x 22'. or 418 ft sq. last year I borrowed a space heater, that was about the size of a coffee can and put our about 15,000 btu's. Ive found them in the local chain store for $90. But I also found a single burner "buddy heater" mounts to your 5# propain bottle.
Do you think that the single burner would heat the garage? it is also rated at 15000btu. but for $40.
I dont work much in the garage, oil change or minor repair, so I dont need (or can afford an installed unit). Also because my propain bottle sets in the back yard on the grill, Id like to put it to use as my fuel source.
What do you suggest?
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I used a torpedo heater while in Wisconsin (and will again when I get the garage built)... and it would keep the uninsulated garage bearable while I wrenched. It was a kerosene unit, but I used diesel fuel and it worked great.
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Have you checked into a second hand kerosene heater? I think some of them put out 30000 btu, but I could be mistakin. may be higher in price than you are looking for but could also be used in the house incase of a power outage.
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Watch the fumes of the heaters !!!!! kinda pisses the wife off !!!!

Last winter i heated the garage by opening the walk in door from the house with less compliants from the wife!!!!

I got a infra red wall mount heater from Menards but it don't help alot!!!!


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X's 2 for kerosene. its portable and there are several good sizes to choose from I got mine from LOWES for about $80. It'll heat a two car garage nicely.

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I have about the same size shop and i use a propan heater i got from Lows. it puts out 80,000 BTUs and even when its been -5 out I can make it nice to work in the shop. I mean I would not just sit around or you will still fill the cold but it takes the chill out. and i never have it on Hi. anything over 10 and you can make it to wam to work.

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Don't buy now! I bought one at Lowes last year about this time then around Jan. 15 all of them were 50% off. I promptly returned my $99 30k btu reddy heater and got a 30-55k btu with a $10 back in my pocket. I would of got a bigger one but didn't have a 100lb tank.

Funny thing was last year was pretty mild and it hadn't even got cold or snowed alot until after all of the heaters were discounted. I asked an employee and they replied that the heaters had been out since August and now it's time to revamp for spring merchandise.

Wait and buy two for the price of one.

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I probably have the Menards vesion of what Mach2 has. I bought the propane version because it would have cost hundreds to run natural gas to my garage. It gives off a slight odor, but IMHO, not even close to what a kerosene burner puts off.

Mine is the ventless, wall mount version. I sprung for the 100# bottle which sits on a patio block just outside. I can almost get two winters of heavy wrenching with each fill (about $40). T-shirt warmth (65-70) and once I get things up to a reasonable temp, I set it on low and sometimes have to turn it to pilot to keep from sweating.

I have an oversized two car, insulated garage. Also have a working, digital readout, CO2 monitor/alarm. If I really crank things up to get warm quick, I can get it register to about 8-10 (ppm I think). I've never set the alarm off, which I think activates at 25ppm.

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Don't do what I did, I went out and sprung for 600.00 hanging natural gas heater cause natural gas was cheap,,,,,,, Next year rates went through the roof and it hasn't been used much since.

I am thinking about putting a wood burner in mine. I like the wood burners and it is alot cheaper even with buying the wood.

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If you do anything that uses fuel of any kind but doesn't have a flu, put in a CO monitor! And it's a good idea to have a CO monitor, even if it does have a flu.

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