My home shop is squeezed into a 9 x 16 wood shed.
I can't do much in the winter because NJ is just too cold. I need to
heat it up now and then and am looking for suggestions. I tried a
small 1500 btu Pelonis electric/fan heater the other day and that was
about as effective as puppies' breath.
So, any thoughts? Space is at a premium. I'm stepping around and
over stuff as it is now.
I'd consider some sort of propane or kerosene heater provided it
wasn't a space hog or just too much of a fire or carbon monoxide
I may be asking for the impossible.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
I did that in my last shop. They 55 gallon drums were too big. But a friend
was able to get me two 30 gallon drums. They worked just fine. It was a
double barrel stove. That thing put out so much heat that you could use the
shop for a sauna if you wanted to.
I'd start w/ some insulation -- whether it's solid foam on the
walls/ceiling if there's not stud space or whatever you need to do.
Then, at least you're not just trying to heat the whole eastern seaboard.
Then, a reasonably small propane or other heater (preferably vented,
outside air if this is a wood shop and particularly if use volatile
finishes) will be all needed.
That's what I did with my 10x10 shed/shop. I insulated the sides with
fibreglass and the ceiling with foam. Nothing in the floor and that's
proving to be an issue.
I run a kerosene heater all winter for heat and it's good til about -15
C (5 F). Or it was last winter without insulation. I expect better
results this year. I was in the shop all day today with outside temps ~
- 10 C (14 F) and I was too hot.
In the past the "Modine Hot Dawg" heater have had some good reports in
this news group. They come in both natural gas and propane models. The
HD-30 which is rated for a 1 - 1.5 car garage would be more than enough
and runs about $500. See:
I have two kerosene heaters.
This type is good for long, sustained, even heat.
It'll have you shedding layers in no time.
This type is good for heating a place up, right quick.
But it's noisy, so it's not too good for sustained heating,
and you wouldn't want to have anything set in front of it accidentally.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Thanks for everything.
I got the message = insulate. OK, I will.
I know those barrel heaters are great, but I just don't have the room
to consider even a small one. For space/cost/btu's, the heater I've
ordered the propane unit suggested by Len. I never saw one of these
As to pushing on a rope, someone once asked Bob Hope if there was sex
after seventy. He said yes, and that he particularly enjoyed the one
in the spring.
I use those interlocking rubber mats and noted it helps keep my feet
from freezing (concrete floor) in addition to the comfort when
Those circular kerosene heaters (
do all right but send most heat directly UP over themselves. I use one
in my basement and can operate it for 24 hours on a fill and keep the
basement at 66 when the outside temps are dropping below thirty.
In my insulated garage, I can get by with a little ceramic heater or
one of those electric heaters that have the "ribbons" of metal and a
little fan to keep the chill off.
I'm not too sure I would want one of those Propane infrared heaters
with all the saw dust generated on a good day and that MODINE HOT DAWG
HD30 - $479.00 thing would buy you a lot of insulation.
You may be able to rent a construction heater and try it out before
plopping down the $279 or so plus the cost of the propane and tank
(another $50?) - again, that would buy a lot of fiberglass bats.
I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but one of the primary products
of combustion is water. Not sure how many pounds of water per pound of fuel.
But all of it will recondense when the temperature again drops.
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