How do you heat your garage?

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  1. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    Getting my son's bike ready for Arenacross has made me wonder what options others are using to create a warm workspace. I am using an old electric space heater and the propane fired Little Buddy unit. However that really just warms me, and not the bike nor the fluids.

    Situation: Attached garage, walls and ceiling insulated, steel doors not insulated (this might help quite a bit, gotta do that...)

    I thought about a basic, cast iron wood stove.
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  2. Boricua

    Boricua Been here awhile

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    Burning stuff in an closed attached garage is the best way to die from carbon monoxide poisoning or burn your house down.

    Where are you that an insulated attached garage gets that cold? Im in Colorado and mine stays above freezing non matter how cold is outside.

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  3. cmacfar

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    I’ve got a natural gas unit heater which I’d highly recommend installing if you have a way to get gas into your garage. I keep a detached 800 sf garage with old wood doors at 50 through winter and it’s not too expensive to run. When I need to work out there I just turn up the thermostat and it’ll get it to 60-65 in short order.


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  4. shiryas

    shiryas Dragon with matches

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    My house is boiler and baseboard heat. I added a zone to the system with a hanging hydronic unit, fan, and thermostat. On the thermostat I put a simple toggle switch so I can just turn it on/off when I want heat out there and not have to adjust the thermostat or have the heat come on when its really cold or when the door opens. My garage is attached and insulated like yours but my door does have rigid foam insulation.

    I would start with that. Fit insulation in the spaces of your steel door, maybe even the reflective type, would help with light and heat. The mirror effect may also make the space seem lager. The lighter the better, I would not want to mess with door springs or burn up the opener motors.

    I liked the idea of a wood stove but for me it would have taken up a bunch of space for the unit. Along with that it will have to be 2' above the highest part of the roof or 2' above the line that is 10' from the slope of the roof. It seemed to me for DIY that a wood stove was going to be a PITA.

    Like cmacfar said, my garage heats up quickly. I will turn it on and get breakfast going, it will cycle 3 to 4 times then once everything is warmer in the garage it will only run once an hour or so for a few minutes. Also like him I set it at 65 and just wear a layer of clothes and drink hot beverages. I am at 5700' on the western slope.

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  5. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    My current garage is attached, and the house has forced air heat. A previous owner tapped into one of the heater ducts to blow into the garage. Not entirely up to code, but works great.

    My previous house was detached, and I played around with all the different fuel type heaters, as well as overhead radiant (which sucks). Kerosene top hat was the best of those, but ultimately I installed an electric overhead heater which solved all my issues. Worked great, didn't take up any space, no fumes, really quiet, heated 750 sq/ft easily. I set it at about 40 degrees normally, then turned it up when I was working out there. It heated up the space in about 30 minutes, kept it comfortable as long as needed.

    This is the one:
    https://www.ebay.com/i/391496497329?chn=ps
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  6. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    Gentlemen, thank you. Looks like the overhead electric heaters are the way to go along with insulating my doors.

    I appreciate the input and vow to not cause fireballs using creative fuel types for heating spaces storing combustible liquids :D
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  7. sceep

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    Waste oil burner at my dads shop, and I'll be building a sawdust stove for my place come this spring.
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  8. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    I have a coal burning stove, coal is free for me. If I do not run it, everything will freeze. I am in Colorado also, just a bit Colder than some of you. I have a detached 35 X 60 garage, insulated very well.
    If I did not have access to coal, I would do a pellet stove, they heat up fast. Nice heat, low maintenance.
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  9. Merfman

    Merfman Trustin' my cape...

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    I have infra-red from these guys: http://infratech-usa.com/ - had them for almost 10 years now... can't imagine having anything else...
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  10. Bobo

    Bobo Are we there yet?

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    I just replaced my King Pic-a-watt electric heater (19500 btu) with a Mr Buddy Big Maxx l.p. heater (50000 btu). Garage is insulated. King heater did a decent job keeping it warm during the day for the dogs. Garage has a tall ceiling so ceiling fan also helped. Mr Buddy handles the job with ease and uses a traditional thermostat. Installation of Mr Buddy was a pain as it requires a gas line and an exhaust vent.
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  11. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    I just picked up one of these for my detached garage: https://www.homedepot.com/p/ZOBO-15-000-BTU-Propane-Tank-Top-Heater-ZBTT15/301695489

    I would never use it in an attached/insulated garage. I'm working in a 2+ car garage, uninsulated, 15ft ridge vent in the roof, and the doors/siding are not even close to air tight. I haven't actually used it yet, but plan to use it just to cut the chill a little, likely with the door cracked for peace of mind. Not hoping to work in a tshirt. Just make it workable when we are down near freezing. Hopefully I won't die.
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  15. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    After I finished my garage. Insulated, sheet rocked etc. It now says cold. Gets cold soaked, and stays cold. I use a Kerosene heater when needed. But its temporary heat, and you need to exchange the air inside occasionally. If I was staying in that house, I would look for alternatives. We put in solar panels (home built liquid) on the garage at my brother's place, and ran a grid through the floor, then pored the concrete. Worked well. But you need to make sure you have antifreeze in the liquid.
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  16. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Up here in Michigan I have a Mr Heater Max 40,000 btu LP furnace hung from rafters. I would never use a wood stove in a garage especially attached. Homeowners insurance forbids that if your parking any vehicles in the garage and is not worth the risk. I wish I could insulate my garage as when in the 20's is hard to heat.
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  17. RideFreak

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    I use one of those stand up radiator style electric heaters, garage is well insulated and I added a styrofoam layer to the inside of the non-insulated door. It won't heat it up fast but it heats it very well given time, I crank it up to high 2 or 3 hours before I go out there and have to turn it down while I'm working in the garage. It heat soaks the slab and the garage temps get up into the 60s, outside temps in the 30s. Costs about 30 bucks new. I considered adding some type of permanent heater but the cost just didn't make sense, I don't use it enough in the winter to justify the cost of installing a system. Pick one up a wally world, try it out, if it doesn't work for you return it.
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  18. Retired and lovin it

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    Not feasible for many but if I were to build another garage I would put radiant floor heat in the concrete and a wood boiler.
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  19. locopny

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    I run a baseboard style electric in my 14x22 detached garage that is insulated and sheet rocked. I added the old carpet from my living room since it was trashed anyway and added a more comfortable layer to walk and work on. Its a 48" 240V heater and keeps it at 60...except when its near -30 or so outside. Then it drops down to around 40ish. Gotta love the Upper Plains in winter.
    My electric bill really doesn't go up too much when in use...(3 months generally) and its quiet.
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  20. Hypermofo

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    Hopefully OP is ok with me posting an add on question to his thread since it is related... how are you guys insulating you roll up garage doors? Mine are typical thin 5 or 6 panel...
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