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Hi guys need some other options on heat
We are buying a new home and it comes with a shop/shed
40 ft wide x80 ft long 13 ft sides all insulated and metal finished including the ceiling
Shop end is 40 wide with 3- 9 ft wide 10 ft tall ins overhead doors and is 30 ft deep with a fully insulated and covered dividing wall( the whole building could be heated
So my question is do I do a forced air heater for$6-800 or infrared tube heat for $2000
I'm a homeowner weekend warrior so I won't be in it all the time but when I am I want comfort and efficiency
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Do you have propane or natural gas available at this building?
 

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Depending how much cost you want to incur heating this, your available energy source will dictate what your options are. Regardless, that's a big space to heat. If it was me, I'd be looking at dividing the area I actually needed to have for my activities up to reduce the area I would need to heat. That's what I do. My shop is completely insulated but I heat 1/3 and the rest stays above freezing. My issue is no gas service. Everything is electric so my options were limited because I didn't want an oil or propane bill. I have a hanging electric furnace.
 

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Do you think you will ever want air conditioning?
 

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Natural gas is at edge of building
We have natural gas radiant tube heat at the farm in a 48 x 64 heated building with an airplane hanger door for working on tractors and combines. It is nice because the floor is warm and the recovery time from bringing in big equipment is very short with everything warm. It isnt cheap to run but it works very well.
 

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Hi guys need some other options on heat
We are buying a new home and it comes with a shop/shed
40 ft wide x80 ft long 13 ft sides all insulated and metal finished including the ceiling
Shop end is 40 wide with 3- 9 ft wide 10 ft tall ins overhead doors and is 30 ft deep with a fully insulated and covered dividing wall( the whole building could be heated
So my question is do I do a forced air heater for$6-800 or infrared tube heat for $2000
I'm a homeowner weekend warrior so I won't be in it all the time but when I am I want comfort and efficiency
Thanks
Nice find! I'll 2nd the notion of just heating where you'll be working in the most vs. heat everything.

I just bought and moved into a new home last month that has a fully insulated and heated 24x36 shop with 3 insulated overhead doors. My interior space overall is smaller so this may not be what you're really looking for, but it has a Resnor propane heater mounted to the ceiling, I keep the thermostat at 50 unless I'm in there working and then I set it to 60. It takes about 10-15 minutes to bring the temp up 10 degrees. I like how fast it heats but have no idea how cost effective it is to run. I keep a 30" pedestal fan running on low to keep the air moving all the time.

I also have a 36x48 unheated barn that only has the roof insulated, the results of cost to heat the shop will play a big role in whether I insulate and heat the barn next winter.
 

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I wàs thinking of just one tube heater over the main work area or for cost just do a hanging gas heater for now
 
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