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Old 09-26-2006, 09:46 AM
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Garage heat...........???

What do you use to heat your garage......... or have plans to??
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:04 AM
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No heat in the garage here. My buddy up in Maryland put an old oil-burning furnace in his detached garage/shop. Works great.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:16 AM
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I have a 24x24 garage and use a natural gas blue flame ventless heater. I can't recall how many BTUs.

It's not really the cleanest burning though. After five years I have soot that has somehow worked through the walls and is coming out the siding. It's no big deal to clean....sponge and soapy water, but if it's on the walls it's in your lungs. It's also a bit smelly.

If I did it again I would go with a direct vent unit, but the house was new and I had a thing about cutting holes in the wall or roof. That was a phase that has past. I'd definately drill now. Worth the trade offs.

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Old 09-26-2006, 10:24 AM
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Jim, I take it this means it doesn't exhaust outside?
And the flame is exposed?
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:34 AM
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The flame is behind tempered glass and is supposed to be like 95% clean burning so they say it doesn't need to be vented. They sell these things as supplimental heat inside houses. I don't think I'd do that.

Check out this link. It's the one I have

http://www.fmconline.net/comfortglow...rs/gwn30t.html

It's a cinch to install. You just have to be comfortable running the black pipe for the gas.

I'll turn the heater on when I get home from work if I'm going to be doing something in the garage that night. My wife likes it because it will stay around 50 degrees when she gets in her car in the AM.

It does work well. I also have a couple of ceiling fans to circulate the heat.

Oh another thing....because it does not vent the exhaust to the outside, the moisture created during the combustion also stays in the garage. It can get a bit humid in there as well.

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Old 09-26-2006, 10:47 AM
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We are in the process of installing the radiant floor heat in the shop we just built, I think we are going to heat the water with one of those outdoor wood stoves. Father-in-law has the radiant floor heat in his shop and it is the way to go. Wish we'd have spent the money and heated our garage floors too. I'm interested also in what others have done to heat there garages, as we too are looking for a way to heat the garage now.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:57 AM
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I have a oil monitor that heats my garage. Toyo is another brand also that would work. Just make sure that you get a sealed combustion heater or Direct Vent system. With the chance of gas fumes in a garage setting well you get the picture In my area building codes state that any heater system in a garage setting be 18" off the floor and be sealed combustion. Would hate to see you or your family get hurt. In my line of work I see alot of house fires that start in the garage
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Old 09-26-2006, 12:42 PM
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I use this one. http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w..._503598_503598

Heats up the whole place in a few minutes and is adjustable to keep it warm in there....

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Old 09-26-2006, 01:55 PM
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Would hate to see you or your family get hurt. In my line of work I see alot of house fires that start in the garage
This is 1st on my list of precautions...... Same reason I will elevate the refrigerator OFF the floor.
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Old 09-26-2006, 03:31 PM
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I use this one. http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w..._503598_503598

Heats up the whole place in a few minutes and is adjustable to keep it warm in there....

Steve
I was thinking Something alittle more permanent.
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