I'm no expert, but I think that's part of the deal. Here in
Wisconsin, we didn't get any snow *at all* until Mid-January, and
we've still only got an inch or so on the ground. For comparison, we
used to get *deep* snow in this area, and it started in early to mid
November every year- sometimes even as early as October or September.
Personally, I don't like it. I don't live this far north to be denied
my snow- and I doubt you care much for cold, being a Texan!
In a word, yes. But, it will depend a lot on what heater you have. A
heater that vents the CO2 and water vapor (which you should have in an
enclosed area anyway) will not be much worse than your home heater. A
torpedo heater or a burner screwed onto a tank is going to make for a
really moist environment, though. That gets to be a problem if you're
repeatedly heating and cooling your shop. You can minimize the effect
by coating your tools with wax or top-cote or something, but it's
better just to get something that will be vented, IMO.
I couldn't suggest a particular brand, they all seem to be about the
same to me- but this style works nicely.
As noted above, try and find one that is vented- the ones at this link
are all "vent free", but a trip to your local hardware store should
turn up some other options.
It sure will. I'm half convinced we have no snow because I finally
broke down and bought a snow blower last year. On the upside, you
won't have to actually buy any propane.
I'm going to be looking at the same thing. NH seacoast, 20x20 garage
that will be insulated. I saw one of those gray box things heating a
clothing store I was in the other day, thought I could use that, but I
don't know what to look for, I should have grabbed the name. Anyway,
it was a square about 3x3 with hot water pipes circulating through it
and a fan behind it that (quietly) blew air out over the coils. I have
seen these in commercial garages before. It was mounted up hight in a
corner where the walls met the ceiling. Anybody know what I'm talking
I have a shop outside that's ostensibly "unheated". I live in a climate
that is very cold in the winter, and I mean very cold.
I use a kerosene heater when I'm out there. I go out, start it up, come
back for a cup of coffee and go back out to a warmish shed.
If the temperature is above -15 C (5 F) I can get the shed comfortably
warm. It's not insulated, or I could likely tolerate a colder outside
Kerosene is relatively clean, and also pretty easy to use. Some people
claim it's smelly but I've had no problems with that once it's up to
heat. The issue that i have with it is that it's a bit pricey and I'll
likely change to some other form of heat next year. However, it's a good
stopgap and it would do a 2 car garage nicely.
Kerosene is what I use. Silent, easy to use and portable. Yes, it's a little
more expensive than some alternatives but, here in the Seattle area, it's
not needed often enough to justify the cost or bother of installing
In "my" half of the unheated 2-car garage, the ceiling is insulated and
sheetrocked, and the workbench area has a quartz element radiant heater
pointed at it. Got it from Woodcraft. It is absolutely silent. If you're
standing in the general line of fire of the heater then the environment
is bearable. An occasional visit to the kitchen for an insulated mug of
hot chocolate also helps but there are days when even the heater and the
chocolate do no good. Repeat: you will not warm the room with this
thing, you will only warm you if and only if you're standing before the
heating elements. I am pleased with it for what it does. It suits my
A little late getting in on this thread, but I use one a 4000watt Lakewood
commercial convection heater. It works great for my 20x24 shop. Where I
live this ends up being about $0.32 per hour to run. Seems unbelievably
cheap to me, but I also have good insulation in the shop which helps. After
a very, very cold night (20's outside) it takes an hour or so to get up to a
good workable temp. Not balmy 75 but a decent 50 or so in there.
Prior to owning this I used on of those largish kerosene heaters that warmed
the shop quicker, but seemed to eat kerosene even faster. Plus, the hassle
of getting and storing the kerosene made me end up purchasing the convection
I also have a couple of those oil filled electric heaters that I use by
themselves on days when it's cool, but not frigid. They work great also.
I'm surprised none of the hardcore galoots here said anything about wearing
heavier clothes and creating your own heat the old fashioned way! ;-)
Un-vented gas and kerosene heaters is dangerous and I not sure the how
healthy the fumes are. I know my 80,000 btu propane heater and the
kerosene heater I used to use put out black smoke. I now run my
propane heater for about 5 minutes to bring my shop up to temp ( 55-60
degrees, unless I'm finishing ) and then I switch to 2 ceiling mount
electric heaters ( 18000 btu each - 30amp 220 circuits ). 1000sq foot
shop, fully insulated. I add about $10 to $15 a month to my utility
bill and I feel this is much safer than a un-vented gas solution. I
live in Idaho and propane, natural gas, and electric heated homes run
about the same per month for utilities.
On Jan 26, 8:07 am, "Dukester"
use one of those electric heaters exclusively. I have to wait about an
hour before it's comfortable in there and if it's below 20, it doesn't
But I don't like the moisture and fumes created by anything that burns,
unless it uses outside air for fuel consumption, plus here in town
there's lots of codes to break and neighbors to watch out for. The
electricity use just hasn't been all that bad. I thought it was going
to cost a lot more to run this unit and until the temps dropped just a
little while ago, it was keeping that shop nice and toasty.
Family issues and high-priority projects have kept me from insulating
properly. This spring it gets done for sure.
And a word of gratitude; after getting a nightstand built to her own
specs, SWMBO up and GAVE me her half of the garage and now parks under
a pine tree because that's the only spot off the street. Bless her
heart. This spring she gets a little carport tarp-and-framework thing
just to keep the pine sap off.
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