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Robert K
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posted 10-03-2005 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know this topic has been covered before but winter is right around the corner and I've been looking for the best type of heater for a 2.5 car attached garage. I've tried the kerosene heaters but they put out way too much odor for me. I was thinking about going to propane or maybe electric although our electric bill is high enough already.
I was looking at either the forced air 'jet' type propane heaters or the radiant heater that attaches to the top of a 20 lb. propane tank.
Has anyone used these types and what did you think of them ? By the way, I'm in Nashville, TN. so it doesn't get real cold but I do need some heat in the garage when the outside temperature goes below 30.
Let me know your suggestions.

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ddenton749
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posted 10-04-2005 08:09 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one of these that works pretty well. If your garage isn't insulated you'll need the big one.

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Hemikiller
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posted 10-06-2005 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How 'bout a good 'ol wood stove?

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2FarGone
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From: Kent, Oh,
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posted 10-07-2005 01:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2FarGone   Click Here to Email 2FarGone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Hemikiller:
How 'bout a good 'ol wood stove?

Hard to put out if gasoline/ etc. gets spilled.

I won't have anything with a standing pilot light in the shop either.

Both are way too much of a hazard and safety issue for me.

I'm not fond of the propane heaters because I feel there is too much an issue with moisture. OTOH I do woodwork and have table saws, a jointer, some other tools that seem to dehumidify the shop with condensation.

For me the only real choice is a forced air furnace, preferrably one with a blower ont he burner so I can draw combustion air from outside the shop. I just know some day I'll find a good one at an auction for pennies ont he dollar ... Some day ... I just know it ...

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2FarGone
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posted 10-07-2005 01:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2FarGone   Click Here to Email 2FarGone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BTW, propane does have one distinct advantage ... if your neighbors leave their grills outside.

I forgot to mention another thing about propane. 20 pound tanks are fitted with excess flow valves. They may not allow you to draw off enough propane to make real heat. I don't know if the 30s are fitted with these valves but I know the larger tanks are not.

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ddenton749
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posted 10-07-2005 08:31 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a 30# for my heater and it works fine.

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