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    I am migrating my woodworking shop into my 26' x 10' x 10' garage and I am looking for a decent way to heat the place. I have been looking at some of the wall furnaces and ceiling suspended heaters that run on natural gas. Does anybody have recommendations or suggestions? My celing is insulated and I will be doing the walls and the garage door as well. Our winters up here in Ottawa can get pretty cold so based on one calculator I need about 30,000 BTU. To summarize my questions:
    Does anyone have a recommended heater? (Williams, Modine, Sterling, Mr. Heat, Heatstar)
    I was hoping to buy a unit in Ottawa but I can't find a lot of vendors.
    I am more comfortable with direct vent vs vent-less since I have concerned about CO2 in my lungs. Do you agree with this?
    What about combustion of airborn wood particles? Can a gas heater be safe?
    Where should I place the heater given that the garage is 26' x 10' with garage door at one end and a doorway at the other end?
    Do I need to be concerned about the placement of my wood storage relative to the heater? ie. should I keep the two separate as to avoid drying out my wood?
    Any of your experiences and opinions would be most welcome.


    Last edited by athuswal; 10-13-2007, 10:32 AM.

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    Re: Heating a Woodworking Shop/Garage

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      Re: Heating a Woodworking Shop/Garage

      Thanks Hawk,
      I think I'm going to buy the HDS30 or HDS45 from Modine. It is a bit pricey but I liked the fact that it brings in combustion air from outside. It is not that easy to find places that will mail order to Canada otherwise I might have gone with the Sterling units which are slightly less expensive and include the venting kit and seem to be comparable quality.

      Any suggestions on buying the 30,000 BTU vs 45,000 BTU unit? (that's input, the output energy is about 80%)
      I think the 30,000 BTU unit would be fine for my single car garage but for another $35 it seems to me the unit can work less hard, last longer. I am thinking that the issues with short-cycling may not apply to a garage heater the way they do to a central furnace but maybe I'm wrong about that.