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    Garage heat

    So winter has settled in and work still must be done, unfortunately the single digit temps in my uninsulated garage make it tough to do a lot. I need some form of heat out there so Iím looking for suggestions.

    Iíve decided to go with a portable heater of some sort, Iím not looking for something that installs permanently. I need to be able to take it with me and work in the field, and I donít know how long Iíll be in this house. Iím open to electric, diesel/ kerosene burner or propane.

    What would you guys recommend? Itís a two car garage, I know exhaust fumes can be a concern burning fuel in an enclosed space so Iíd need to leave a door open or vent the exhaust somehow. Would propane be less of a concern there?
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    My Garage is not insulated so I built a smaller super insulated room inside it I keep it warm with a smaller Oil Filled Type Electric Heater. I also keep my stuff that is not to freeze like glues and paint. Cats live in it to going thru a little hole to keep mice out! Then I use a Infer-Red ceiling mount heater above my work bench I can turn on when needed to build something and stay warm. It heats me and my bench surface not the whole garage. The I can still be warm with the doors open. Infer-Red Heat radiates on you and things and does not heat the air up. I also have a Mr. Heater 2 Head Heater that goes on 5 gallon Propane Tanks I hardly ever use it can eat little tanks fast! But if you need movable heat for a project it works thru Radiation Type heat. If I was going to try to heat my shop I would insulate it first to save money and heat better.
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    I use 3 of these in my shop, but think the temps. you get up there would just laugh at them.

    Great for down here, not much noise and very safe.
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    Back in Pennsylvania I use to use one of the 2 burner propane type. It screwed right on top of the tank and worked very well for me in my 2 car garage. I usually just left the door about half way down and never had a problem with fumes. It heated up the whole garage very nicely. I think I paid about $40.00 for it about 10 years ago at Lowes.
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    I think this should be a 2 pronged approach. You need something safe for use indoors and something safe for use outdoors.

    Outdoors is easy, torpedo heater all the way. I watch your videos and you need a lot of heat in a concentrated envelope. Also, I think torpedo heater because it always seems to be windy when you're working (righfully so, it's Wyoming) and that will help direct the heat where you're working.

    As for indoors, I would think some sort of radiant electric heaters. Electric because no open flame, no toxic gas emissions etc. Buy a few of them since you will probably want to heat up the area in relatively short order. Also thinking buy a few of them since your garage is not insulated, so whatever the sqft rating on the unit is, cut it in half.

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    Regarding electric heaters, remember you only have so many amps to go around in your garage. Most electric space heaters max out at 1500 watts, (because 1500 watts is 80% of a 15 amp household circuit). If you're going to use more than one little electric space heater, you will need multiple circuits in your garage. And on top of that, you'll need even more to actually use whatever tools you've got. Electric heaters are not very practical for a shop environment unless you have electrical infrastructure in place to do it properly. Like, dedicated 240v circuits for heat.
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    Pedals2paddles, I hadn't thought about that, good catch.

    56FG, what about a forced air ceiling mounted unit? My uncle had one plumbed to 2 100lb propane tanks, only uses it when he needs it... Garage Heaters - Heaters - The Home Depot

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    I use a Commercial 220 VAC 4 ft Radiant Heater with 8 ft of folded rod. 15 amps dedicated circuit for my Heater and Air Compressor. I would love to have a long 12 ft Gas Heated Tube one like in the Walmart's entrance in cold areas!! Like one of these.https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...RoCopMQAvD_BwE
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    I have this one I purchased from Amazon. I have a 'super-single' garage I built 4 years ago. It's 18'x24' with a 10' ceiling. Only the ceiling is insulated at this time. I keep the heater on low when it's cold here and it does a great job, even down into the single digits and below. I have a new mini split that'll be installed eventually.
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    As expensive as electric heaters can be to operate; I'd still go electric for the safety factor over anything that uses combustible fuels. Electric is also maintenance free for all intents and purposes.

    When our furnace motor puked last month and they had to ship in a replacement; I got four of these from Home Cheapot, and with $75 off for opening a credit card they were $5 for all four. The other good part is I could move them around as needed.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-500-Wa...1503,1547,1506

    I also have a similar 240 volt heater; but the only outlet is in the garage.

    The downside to these milkhouse heaters is they are noisy because of the fan. I like JD's suggestion of radiant heat.
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