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How do you heat your garage?

these old bones can't take the cold anymore like they used to. have to wait until the temp is in the 20's to go into garage.

thinking about getting some kind of heater but cost is a serious issue.

what do all of you use to heat your shop or work space ? about how much does it cost? the trouble with gas heaters is that you would have to keep the garage door open and an electrical heater would cost a small fortune.

right now i look like the michelin man with all the layers of clothing! my hands and feet take the worse of it.

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A lot of people here use air-source heat pumps. They work quite well unless your local temps get down around -15C, where efficiency starts to drop off.

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I bought a 22k btu kerosene heater but found out after buying it that you can't find kerosene at gas station pumps here in Newfoundland anymore. I think its much easier to find down in the States. You can buy kerosene at Home Depot but it costs a fortune. Some folks claim they can burn low sulpur diesel in their kerosene heaters but it actually ruins your wick.
You can buy kerosene torpedo heaters that can burn diesel and kerosene but they're too noisy for my liking.

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I have an older home with a detached garage and I always thought it would be nice to find an old pot belly stove on Craigslist and set it up in the corner. Throw in a log every now and then and even cook a meal on the top if I get hungry.
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I bought a Dynaglo bullet heater from Home Depot a few years back on a friends recommendation. Looks like they are about $200 now.This particular model runs on diesel or Kero. Mine has a thermostat control on side that works pretty good. There is very little odor when it is running right and it heats a two car garage very quickly.
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I have an older home with a detached garage and I always thought it would be nice to find an old pot belly stove on Craigslist and set it up in the corner. Throw in a log every now and then and even cook a meal on the top if I get hungry.
thought of that too. lots of old wood stoves available around here free. that's how we heat our home and cook on in power outages.

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I have a 80-120 lb propane tank with a reflective heater on top. Works ok but really need a fan.

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Hello Orangeputeh,


It might be better for you to invest in a Mr. Heater propane heater for the garage, you can buy them with a single, double or four head heating elements to burn propane.


I have a Mr. Heater small camp heater and a kerosene fired salamander that I use to heat everything up and to work in the garage. I just make sure the doors are open as it creates a lot of heat in a very short time.


It may be worth your while to invest in a propane fired wall vented forced air heater that runs on 110 volts and you can just plug it in when you want to heat up the garage and it runs on a thermostat.


The insurance companies frown on combustion type heaters of any kind in a garage if a vehicle is also parked in them
unless they are physically separated by a block wall fire resistant sheet rock and steel door.


Have you looked at the smaller electric resistance heaters that are ceiling hung units?
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I have a 80-120 lb propane tank with a reflective heater on top. Works ok but really need a fan.
maybe you could use one of those fans we put on our wood stove. all steel and works when it heats up. no batteries, nothing. we have to open window because it spreads out the heat so well.

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I was going to suggest the same, fan, to go behind your wood stove. If not slow enough Harbor Freight has a speed reducer box.

Put some steel sheets around the stove for reflectivity.

I'm also a believer in a duct damper to slow the burn besides closing the intake air vent.

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