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    Heating my "new" Barn- Infrared Tube Heaters?

    Last fall we purchased 4.6 acres in NE Ohio to build our final dream home. It was far less acreage than I wanted but it included a nice 60x60' pole barn built in 1998. Also, we own 56 acres about 125 miles away that's perfect for outdoor liesure. The new home should be complete late summer or early fall of this year. Considering that I'll be 60 this year, having less acreage to mow is probably a good thing (that's how I'm rationalizing it).

    In the meantime, I'm day dreaming about my new "man cave" barn. I've attached a link to some photos and there's also a short video my wife took shortly after we purchased the lot. All of the stuff seen in the barn belonged to someone who rented it from the developer and is now gone.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/rod330...7648737238003/

    It has a dedicated water well, hot water tank, concrete in the main area and electric (including 220). It has a small second floor loft, two large slider doors, two smaller slider doors on a section that appears to be an "add on" and two man doors. The add-on segment of the barn currently has a dirt floor but we're pouring concrete in that space in the spring. Finally, there's a very large asphalt pad in front and four outdoor yard hydrants that I'll probably deactivate.

    The barn needs a little ceiling insulation TLC and new gutters which we've included in the budget. I've got a couple of large portable fans for the summer but now I'm agonizing over generating a little heat in the barn for winters. We won't have any critters in the barn (except uninvited guests) but plan to keep my motorized toys, trailer and workshop tools there. I don't plan to spend much time in the barn in sub zero temperatures but would like the option to warm up a working space to get out of the house to tinker around for a few hours. Also, I don't want to have condensation or rust problems. I have engine block heaters for the motorized toys.

    Now, there's no natural gas but I could put in a dedicated propane tank if needed. I'm OK burning wood too. Lately I've been reading about infrared radiant ceiling tube heaters. Does anyone have a recommendation on these or other cost effective options? Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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    I'll be retrofitting a barn for heat next fall. Insulation is done. The difference between you and I is that I'll have nat gas to mine. I plan on having tubes to keep the temp just above freezing, and then use a big wood stove I bought used to keep things warm for working out there.

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    My buddy next door has those IR heaters in his insulated pole barn shop.
    They work well and give you good heat. I'm not sure how efficient they are though. I don't think he leaves his on. Only when he goes out to work.
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    Nice looking building ,,a few things I see from the photos and video

    If you are serious and wanting to heat the building,, you need insulation in the walls and ceiling.. or you will just be throwing away your money.

    The other thing I see is the sliding doors. Had those on my building.. Of it looked so nice.. Pain in the A_ _ .. Especially if you are wanting to pull in the tractor ,,,off the seat back on the tractor.. Slide the door open to leave then after getting outside , off the tractor then off the seat , shut the door , back on the tractor. You stated you didn't want outside critters in the building.

    I got rid of mine , went with overhead garage doors with garage door opener. click a button

    Just my 2 cents.
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    I find in my shop, which is a little less than half the size of your shed, that not heating it all the time lets the concrete floor get cold. The floor never warms up. The little time I actually spend in the shop in the winter doesn't justify heating it all the time.
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    What I did - a 100 year old carriage house that is 20'x60' - is section off the back for a work shop of sorts. I then insulated that section (20'x15') and heat only that section for tinkering in the winter. I don't keep it heated all the time (can't afford that!) but I can warm it up quickly with a kerosene heater.

    Just a though to maybe put up a couple partitions with a ceiling in one back corner?
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    Thanks for all of the great feedback!

    Gene, I think you raised two great points-- every dollar spent on insulation and sealing up the building will pay future dividends in keeping heating costs under control. Also, those sliding doors are a PITA and impossible to properly seal.

    Since the top priority is to get the new house built, any barn improvements beyond the ceiling insulation, gutters and concrete floor will have to be a future expense.

    Coaltrain, I like the suggestion of partitioning off a smaller section to heat. The newer addition where we'll pour concrete may be the best option. Replacing one of the smaller sliding doors with an overhead garage door would not be as costly as replacing one of the main slider doors-- providing my 3720 cab will fit- probably need an 8' door minimum door needed for that.
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    Have you considered a Kerosene heater? They had this 23,000 BTU heater on sale at Amazon for $99, so I snapped it up. The 1.8 gal tank will heat your space for 7-8 hours, easy to start & shut off. If you have K1 kerosene available in your area, it makes a good deal. This heater will also heat up 1500 sq-ft indoors in an emergency if you lose power. The kerosene heater does have a little smell when you shut it off, but I usually set it outside on the porch if indoors -- in the garage it keeps everything toasty, and when I shut off, I just leave so I don't worry about the smell. All in all, at just over $100, a very efficient, low cost solution for your pole barn.

    We also have a Jotul wood stove in the house - an old wood stove would do nicely in your barn, but they heat up more slowly and are not easily started/stopped when you want. There's also the fact that the Jotul stove is going to run you $3-$5K + installation....

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    Your 3720 will fit in an 8' door, but not by much.

    I replaced my front sliders with an overhead with opener - the convenience and the sealing is fantastic. Not cheap - about 3500$ all said and done for a 10'x12'.

    I too cordoned off the front 2/3 of our barn for a 'workspace'. It's been sprayfoamed, has T&G on it now, and stained soon. The NG will be brought over there next fall for a hot water heater and the tube heaters, and the wood stove installed soon I hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fizxman View Post
    Have you considered a Kerosene heater? They had this 23,000 BTU heater on sale at Amazon for $99, so I snapped it up. The 1.8 gal tank will heat your space for 7-8 hours, easy to start & shut off. If you have K1 kerosene available in your area, it makes a good deal. This heater will also heat up 1500 sq-ft indoors in an emergency if you lose power. The kerosene heater does have a little smell when you shut it off, but I usually set it outside on the porch if indoors -- in the garage it keeps everything toasty, and when I shut off, I just leave so I don't worry about the smell. All in all, at just over $100, a very efficient, low cost solution for your pole barn.

    We also have a Jotul wood stove in the house - an old wood stove would do nicely in your barn, but they heat up more slowly and are not easily started/stopped when you want. There's also the fact that the Jotul stove is going to run you $3-$5K + installation....

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    I have one of those kerosene heaters (looks identical) that we used while building our house. I have it in my little shop now and with only 400 sg ft to heat, it works really well and did a good job keeping the house warm while we were building
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