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    Hi all,
    Well winter is fast approaching and the shop (garage) is getting cold.
    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a safe way to provide some warmth while still trying to some woodworking.
    At this time my garage is uninsulated, my dust collection is minimal (shop vac at tool, box fan with filter) and gas cans for the mower and tractor.
    I am planning on building an out building next summer and will probably set up shop out there. In the meantime, michigan winters can get pretty cold.
    Any ideas?
    Kurt
    (Cool! I still have 10 fingers!)

  • #2
    look up hot dawg heaters they have a closed combustion chamber that uses out side air to burn .
    they have a power exhaust so you can go out throw the side wall and it uses PVC pipe for the flue

    they come in natural and propane , and different sizes
    Charlie

    My seek the peek fundraiser page
    http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


    http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

    new work pictures 12/09
    http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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    • #3
      I'm in upstate NY where temps can hover in the single digits to low teens for weeks in a row and was searching for a heating solution as well. I was considering propane and then happened to see an article on the Fine Woodworking site about electric heaters made by Marvin.

      The units I finally settled on are the http://www.wbmarvin.com/itemInfobe60.html?itemID=7 7060 Overhead Shop Heat. I happened to see them at Home Depot for $49. Pricing varies widely all the way up to $70 at some online retailers.

      I like the fact the quartz element is replaceable just like you'd replace a fluorescent bulb and you can operate the unit using one or two of the elements.

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      • #4
        that's nice if you are going to use it only when you are out there .

        and if you have any type of flammable stuff in your shop boom

        and if your going to be in the shop all day the cost to run might be high .

        does it have a thermostat with it
        Charlie

        My seek the peek fundraiser page
        http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


        http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

        new work pictures 12/09
        http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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        • #5
          Nothin' like a good woman to warm you up in the shop. Just don't let her put her feet on you. Chill you to the bone. Never met one that didn't have cold feet.

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          • #6
            What would be wrong with a wood stove?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Orange Apron
              What would be wrong with a wood stove?
              Several things come to mind

              Insurance cost will skyrocket
              open flame to ignite many of the finishing products we use and sawdust
              takes up valuable floor and wall space
              ash gets on your product during finishing
              limited fuel supply (have to feed it)
              difficult to regulate the temperature
              still need an alternate to keep the shop warm when not in use

              That said my grandfather used it to supplement heat in his shop but he had a 50X100 shop with a second story for storage

              I am looking at these EASY RADIANT WORKS
              Last edited by wbrooks; 10-19-2006, 07:24 AM.

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              • #8
                I have one of these in the garage. Best investment I ever made.

                http://www.superiorradiant.com/page.asp?page_id=25

                Greg

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                • #9
                  Thanks.
                  I'll check into what you all have recommended and see which one best fits my needs.
                  As far as the little woman in that shop...doesn't that violate the mancave protocol?
                  Kurt
                  (Cool! I still have 10 fingers!)

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                  • #10
                    http://forums.invision.net/Thread.cf...sage_ID=156618

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                    • #11
                      the radiant type heaters are very good but you need to check the height your mounting it . if to low you will get a hot head
                      Charlie

                      My seek the peek fundraiser page
                      http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


                      http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

                      new work pictures 12/09
                      http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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