Garage Heater

BeezFun

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2009
Messages
2,228
Location
IL
Tractor
Kubota B2710
If you have a welding outlet you could get a cheap electric heater. I have two 5000w space heaters, one in a welding outlet one in an air compressor outlet.
 

etpm

Gold Member
Joined
Jun 30, 2021
Messages
419
Location
Whidbey Island, WA
Tractor
yanmar ym2310
Hi all. Thank you for all of the recommendations and advice. I think my non insulated garage is leaky enough to invite fresh air without any extra effort. Good to look for a unit that has some kind of O2 safety shutoff.

I recall my parents having a kerosene heater for the house many years ago. And the smell... But it sounds like modern kerosene/diesel are much better about that.

I have one of those propane flame throwers already. Never even thought of the redneck option.

The Val6 or a propane torpedo seem like the best options for me. Time to go shopping.
Thanks,
Doug
Low oxygen shut off is of course very important. But just having plenty of oxygen available, through leaky windows and boards or whatever is only part of what you need to worry about when you are burning anything in an enclosed space. Carbon Monoxide, AKA CO, will kill you even when there is plenty of oxygen available. And it can kill you slowly enough that you don't even notice. This is because CO sticks better to the hemoglobin in your blood than oxygen. Hemoglobin is what carries oxygen in your blood and delivers it to the rest of your body. Carbon Monoxide, since it sticks to hemoglobin better than oxygen, will crowd out the oxygen in the air you are breathing. And it doesn't let go easily. This means it builds up in your blood over time, whereas oxygen doesn't. So if enough CO is present in the air you are breathing it will eventually bind to enough of your hemoglobin to suffocate you, even though there is a normal amount of oxygen in the air you are breathing. And it gets worse, because CO not only prevents you from using the available oxygen and so causes suffocation, it is also a poison. So it is best you not only have plenty of ventilation, you must also make sure your heat source also burns cleanly. I have a CO alarm in my house for this very reason because I have a gas furnace.
Eric
 

Torvy

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 21, 2021
Messages
1,235
Location
North East Texas
Tractor
Looking to purchase a Compact Tractor in 30-50 HP range.
You may have surprisingly good results just insulating the garage. When we lived in Wisconsin, our garage rarely got below 40 degrees with no heat. Add some insulation and a little space heater will probably be enough... This is for an attached garage....the insulation will also make it easier to keep your house temp moderate.
 

bdhsfz6

Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 11, 2015
Messages
1,062
Location
Northeastern Pennsylvania
Tractor
Kubota MX5800 HST & L6060 HSTC Formerly L6060 HST B7100 HST, L2550, L3010 HST, L3430 HST
I have an 800 sq ft unheated, partially insulated garage that I use mostly as a work shop. In my younger years, heat & cold didn't bother me much working out there. Now, being retired, I spend a great deal more time in the shop and temperature extremes are more of a problem.

A few years back, I started heating the shop with propane. I tried a salamander style heater which worked OK but it took up too much floor space. I then switched to this tank top model:


It works well and has a small footprint.

I found the ultimate solution last year when I decided to throw some $$ at the problem. I installed a ductless mini split heat pump on the garage wall. It takes up no floor space and provides A/C in the summer as well. Surprisingly, the cost to heat the shop with the heat pump is only about 15% more than it was with propane. The added safety and convenience made the decision well worth while. I now wish I had done it years ago.
 

jigs_n_fixtures

Silver Member
Joined
Jul 31, 2021
Messages
151
Tractor
TYM T233
Robles I have with unvented propane or natural gas heaters, is that the combustion produces a lot of water vapor. I wouldn’t want one in my shop for fear that the cast iron surfaces of all my woodworking tools would get rusty.
 

Doofy

Elite Member
Joined
Aug 16, 2017
Messages
4,838
Location
Alaska
Tractor
LS XR 3135HC
I have never had excessive moisture problems in a well ventilated area when using propane + I am a rabid user of paste wax on shop tools.
 

lman

Veteran Member
Joined
Oct 3, 2009
Messages
1,204
Location
Indiana
Tractor
New Holland 3040, New Holland 1530, Oliver 1850
I had this problem in the seventies when I had no money and absolutely needed my car fixed. I found that if I put my wrenches in a bowl of warm water to heat them up that I could work much more comfortably. Obviously this limited my selection of tools but I got it done.
How do you keep the water from freezing?
 

MAX-24-Dean

Silver Member
Joined
Jan 19, 2011
Messages
102
Location
Washington State
Tractor
Mahindra MAX24
You may have surprisingly good results just insulating the garage. When we lived in Wisconsin, our garage rarely got below 40 degrees with no heat. Add some insulation and a little space heater will probably be enough... This is for an attached garage....the insulation will also make it easier to keep your house temp moderate.
I insulated attic (12 " of fiberglass) then walls (6" insulation) on my 28x32 garage/shop and it made a huge difference. Don't have to add heat to often now. Temperature before insualtion pretty muched matched outside temps. With insulation there is at least a 20 to 30 degree temp difference between outside and inside, this works until night time temps get below freezing.
I was using my 24 HP tractor for heat when needed. Hook up exhaust hose to tractor exhaust and power vent to outside (diesel exhaust extraction fan), ran pto generator for electric heat, once warmed up turned off tractor.
 

Spanky100

Silver Member
Joined
Dec 19, 2002
Messages
192
Location
SE MI and SW OH
Tractor
Current Kioti CK27HST and Cub Cadet 1810. Previous NH1510 Hydro, AC D14, Oliver 1355?, and JD 314 Lawn Tractor
Anyone using a waste oil heater or know of a reasonable cost small waste oil heater? It would ne nice to use my drain oil and not have to take it to the recycling centers.
 
 
Top