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heating a garage

Post by whc03grady » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:47 pm

Any recommendations for a heater, 9-10,000 BTUs (or more), that runs on house current? And mounts to the ceiling?
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Re: heating a garage

Post by Randy in Maine » Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:57 pm

Do you have 240 volts out there or just 120?

How many amps?

How big and tight is your garage?
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Re: heating a garage

Post by whc03grady » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:50 pm

Randy in Maine wrote:Do you have 240 volts out there or just 120?
Only 120 into the unattached garage.
Randy in Maine wrote:How many amps?
Yo no sé.
Randy in Maine wrote:How big and tight is your garage?
It is small and loose.

My cursory research tells me that it might be impossible to get decent heat from a 120V heater. Floor space is at a premium though, so one of those forced air jet enginey looking things isn't really an option. Ideally, I want something I can hang from the ceiling.
Ludwig--1974 Westfalia, 2.0L (GD035193), Solex 34PDSIT-2/3 carburetors.
Gertie--1971 Squareback, 1600cc with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection from a '72 (E brain).
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Re: heating a garage

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:12 pm

whc03grady wrote:
Randy in Maine wrote:Do you have 240 volts out there or just 120?
Only 120 into the unattached garage.
Randy in Maine wrote:How many amps?
Yo no sé.
Randy in Maine wrote:How big and tight is your garage?
It is small and loose.

My cursory research tells me that it might be impossible to get decent heat from a 120V heater. Floor space is at a premium though, so one of those forced air jet enginey looking things isn't really an option. Ideally, I want something I can hang from the ceiling.
There are excellent gas fired water heated forced air ceiling heaters. They keep the combustion out of the garage so you don't explode. You do need to block the soffit air leaks however, since these heaters heat from the peak on down.
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Re: heating a garage

Post by whc03grady » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:01 pm

I don't think I can afford to go that fancy. I'm thinking of this thing:
http://www.mrheater.com/product.aspx?catid=41&id=116
Online BTU calculators say I need between 8,000 and 40,000 BTUs. Why would the results vary so wildly? The garage is 200 sq.ft., poorly insulated.
Ludwig--1974 Westfalia, 2.0L (GD035193), Solex 34PDSIT-2/3 carburetors.
Gertie--1971 Squareback, 1600cc with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection from a '72 (E brain).
Read about their adventures:
http://www.ludwigandgertie.blogspot.com

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Re: heating a garage

Post by Gypsie » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:27 am

I think Mr. Buddy will be too small.
similar price range:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00505DPRK/ref ... B00505DPRK

And you can put wherever you want to, (using yer noggin a course.)
As colin mentioned open flame (both of those mentioned above will have them) can be very bad with solvents, gas, and such. be very cautious.

Or maybe be very focused with heat lamps (like used in bathrooms), in clip on shop light hoods. Again, be very careful, as things can get too hot if you know what I mean.

Heat lamps can be aimed at work areas to preheat them (the ground you will be laying on and metal parts and tools), and at the body to keep you warm during work.

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Re: heating a garage

Post by ruckman101 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:06 am

Anything you can take a break and hover over, warming numb cold stiffened digits is better than nothing. I've welcomed a propane burner with a double heat dish warmer in the past, but not in such a tight space. More a radiant heat in close proximity in a large, tall ceiling space. Otherwise it has been ducking out of the cold to hover over a wood stove in the shop, a closed space away from the bays where the car and work is happening, but still a hover, as the shop is also breezy and anything but insulated, knocks off the chill, but I wouldn't say it was warm.

And this isn't a Montana cold, either. Brrr. Battery powered electric long johns under the many layers?



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