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    Shop heater

    It is getting cold in the shop and I don't want to go out there until I get a heater. I am having problems finding a suplier though. Is my best bet to order on online, and if so who is reputable?

    BTW: what I am looking for is an electric with around 17,000 btu's.
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    Re: Shop heater

    How big is your garage? I can't help with a supplier but I am curious how large your space is. 17K sounds tiny.

    Scott
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    It is about a 1.5 x 1.5 bays, but it has a fairly decent loft for storage. This place is just me doing my stuff, so it isn't a real problem. I am just getting it set up now. It is kind of sad to move into here from my 40 x 80 shop, but there will be less head aches here.


    I used an online heater calculator, and I have been looking at a few others today and my initial estimates might have been a little conservative, but 17k is certainly the smallest that I would go. I would really like about twice that.... then again I have built a wood/oil burner in a shop that was about -5* inside, so that we could start working.
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    Re: Shop heater

    Do you have natural gas or will you be using propane, Kero?

    You could always just go to Lowes or HD and get a ReddyHeater - I prefer the propane ones as they stink a lot less than the Kero fired ones. Both are effective.

    I have a 35K BTU unit I use in a 16'X24' closet (shop) - it heats it from 30ish to 80ish rather quickly - maybe in 20-30 mins.

    I have a 60K BTU in my basically uninsulated commercial shop - 40'X50X16' - it runs for about two hours to go from 30ish to 60ish. It's a tad too small for that size space in my opinion.

    Your mileage may vary.

    Scott
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    I don't have NG, I was planning on going with electric heat. Going out to get fuel in the middle of a project is the worst.
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    Re: Shop heater

    There is a combination heat/Ac system on the market that you would have to cut a hole in the wall. Sort of like a mini heat pump. My neighbor have on in his shed and went with it do to working a lot with wood.

    Art

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