My shop is a 20'X24' garage with two insulated walls, and no isulation
in the ceiling. I live in Western Wisconsin, so it gets colder than a
mother-*$&%#$ out here. I'd like to find a semi-portable method of
heating my shop so that I don't have to stop working all winter. The
building is a rental, so I'm hesitant to install a big heater that is
going to be too tough to take with when my wife and I buy a house
(probably next spring). The shop has a chimney (though I have no idea
why) so I may be able to use that for a vented heater.
I only need it to be heated to, say 50 degrees or so, just enough to
keep me from freezing solid, but I want the heat to be relatively
safe, and to try and keep my tools from rusting when I heat the
building up (It will only be heated whn I'm working). Electiric heat
is out, because the electrical service is not the best, and I don't
want to trip the breakers every time I use a tool, so I think I'm
going to need propane or a wood stove.
I've seen the tube-type "jet" heaters before, and they seem to work
pretty well, but is there another type that may be safer to use around
wood that would work? I can't say that money is not a limiting
factor, but I'm willing to invest in the right tool for the job at
hand. I'd love to insulate and sheetrock it, but the wife says no
way, since I don't own the building and we intend to move fairly soon.
Thanks for any advice!