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while my electrician is still working on my house I thought it would be nice to heat my 530' garage . My oil man wanted me to go with a oil burner but after he told me 4gs and at $375 a gal for oil I said no way. The plumber told me he could put a vent in that was running off one of the bed rooms but I didn't want to rob peter to pay paul. So I decided to go electric since I only need to heat when I want to work in the garage.
So I am wondering if any one on the site has one and what brand/ watts you have.
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have you thought about a lp heater for now that uses a gas grill tank. I don't know how long a tank will last and the burner is on sale at harbor freight.gayland
 

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why not just use a good 1500w space heater
 

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I occasionally use a mr heater single burner. the type that goes on a bbq tank. turn it on 20 minutes ahead of time and an hour in it will be too hot. works great but I dont know how long a tank would last. I would guess quite a bit. never seemed to use up much but I never used it often. usually just dress for the cold. like today, splitting wood outside thermal pants with cargo pants, 2 t shirts and 3 sweat shirts. I was fine outside.

but the mr heaters work great. electrical is the least efficient way to heat.
 

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I have a propane heater now and the odor creeps in to the house. The heaters im looking at are a 5000w , 6000w and 7500w . They are not to much money $240- $400. My electrician said it would only take a few hrs to hook up.
 

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didnt think of it being attached, mine is not. in one room in the house i have generic electric base board. 8 ft long puts out a good bit. i remember it being real cheap. maybe 1 on each wall? 8 ft 2500 watt at home depot is $68
 

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I had baseboard electric heat installed in my former garage and they did a pretty good job. Just protect them from getting banged up.
 

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I have a detached garage so smell isn't an issue. When I've had to work outside and it's super cold I've used a kerosene heater. It has a 'catalist' on it so it doesn't smell until you turn it off, then you can get a kerosene smell, so simply move it outside for a while and no problem.
 

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i just picked up my propane tank and sun heater from my sisters so i'm heading out to the garage ( detached ) shortly and do some work on the 826 toro. she also has a couple of giant size kerosene heaters and i might get one of those too
 

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Just ordered a Fahrenheat 7500- watt heater Model fuh724 . It's more than I needed but seems to be a better heater than the king almond 5700 watt heater from the reviews I was reading. It should heat my garage faster too.
 

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I know a guy who uses a kerosene heater in his small work shop and he loves it. He makes sure there is adequate ventilation to stop carbon monoxide poisoning. I used a 1500 watt 220v electric heater in my workshop and the electric bill went through the roof. Never again will I do that. It's either propane or kerosene.
 

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Be careful with base board heaters, they cause a lot of building fires.

How so? I'd rather use one of them than a space heater with open flames. I don't follow the reasoning. Explain to me?
 

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IMHO it's better to go bigger than find out your heater is on high and you can't feel your hands or feet (or the heater) !!

Well, up to a point that is :D:D:D
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69...I see I am posting way late. With heating you really only have two choices ..keep the space heated or don't heat. If you heat only when you need it and then let the the garage cool to winter temps, water in the heated air will condense on the metal in the garage which over a short period = rust.... that includes tools in your closed toolbox.

Best is to keep the heater on a thermostat... when you're not using keep it at 45. That said , I have heard guys claim that that have had some luck allowing the garage to cool but keep the condensing air moving to minimize the issue (small fan, ect)
 
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