Very interesting D'Bonnie, thank you - what youre saying verifies what
I already decided to do. (Your old shop sounds identical to mine (which
I thought was nice, albiet before i saw the pic of your new shop - any
shots of the inside? :) ).)
Anyway, after messing around outside last night I'm not so worried.
With the heater running I could still run my 3 1/4 HP router and my
mitre saw at the same time without tripping a breaker. As you note, as
long as I can run one machine with the heater on I should be fine. I
dont have a DC yet, but the small scale ones im looking at only draw a
couple amps, so no big deal there.
Though based on calculations, im still suprised that a 16k BTU heater
would be able to warm up and maintain the sq2 footage we are talking
about - but then maybe its becasue we are Canadians - warm to us is
differnt to warm for a southern america (ie didnt someone earlier say
they fliped on the heater when the temp his 60f outside?) :)
So, my current plan is: A forced air Kerosen (possibly propane, im
going to research price here), prob ~50k BTU. Ill flip that beast on
first thing to warm the place up quick and thats it. Ill leave the
electric heater on to keep the chill off and I think ill be good.
Final Question: People arm of water vapour with unvented heaters. Makes
sense. Im planning on bringing the de-humidifer from the basement out
to the shop for the winter - not likes its needed inside during that
time anyway. Any reason why this wouldnt work?
Thanks for responses everyone, all interesting.