Tire heater for cold weather

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  1. MotorcycleWriter

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    I'm going to build a simple tire heater of some kind for cold weather tire changes. I have a brilliant idea that uses a big cardboard box and a hairdryer-style heat gun but wanted to see if anyone has already built one and might be willing to share lessons learned. Ideally I'll dispose of the box after the work and only store the heating system. When I need to do some tire work I can always source a box from any of the many places you can find boxes. Keep it simple.
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  2. slobinski

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    One of those noisy propane torpedo heaters aimed into a large cardboard box works fine; your tire will get plenty hot.
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  3. shu

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    Too much work.

    You live in Utah, no? Typically sunny even if cold outside.

    Put the tire in a black plastic trash bag and set it out against a wall in the sun. Maybe put a blanket inside the bag against the wall. I've warmed up many tires this way in Colorado.

    If it's too cold outside for the trash bag to work, fire up a small space heater and put the tire next to it. Flip the tire a few times and it should be pretty pliable. Really cold out? I'll fire up my woodstove and do the same.

    .............shu
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  4. dhally

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    I use a heat gun.
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  5. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Heat producing implements aimed inside a flammable box sounds like a terrible idea.

    Why not just buy a tire warmer like what racers use, and wrap it around the unmounted tire?
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  6. kantuckid

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    Take it to the house overnight, sit it near the heat source.
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  7. AwDang

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    Tire warmers are slow to get up to temp.
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  8. slobinski

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    Also I had both the heater and an economy-sized box on hand. Net outlay, zero.
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  9. Tim McKittrick

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    I use my race warmers- takes about 30 min to get the tires toasty. A rear warmer will work easily on a dismounted front tire/wheel assembly.

    Used warmers can be had pretty cheap and they roll up into a small space.
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  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    you already have a tire heater, it's called a car/truck. set the tire on the front seat with the temp control set to broil, 30 minutes later mount the tire.
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  11. KeithinSC

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    I used an electric blanket from the thrift store once. Worked pretty good. But I usually just toss the tire in the cab of my truck, parked on the sunny side of the yard.
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  12. shu

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    Great idea: in the car or truck.

    Put it in the black plastic trash bag before you put it in the car, too. It's amazing how much heat is gained and stored by the tire inside the bag.

    .............shu
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  13. JimVonBaden

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    I just set my new tire against a 1500 watt oil filled electric heater. One on each side is at least as good as direct sunlight.
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  14. marc11

    marc11 Been here awhile

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    I purchased a set of tire warmers a few years ago for $200. One of my best investments, makes the tires super hot and they go on so much easier. I wrap the tire whole removing the old one, and by then it's warm enough to pop on, if I want I can wait 15 mins more or so and get the tire stupid hot.

    I've never been in such a rush to change tires that "tire warmers take too long" to warm the tires. Within 15-30 mins it's nice and hot, in that time I can enjoy a beer or coffee or coffee beer.

    Zero regrets with that purchase, zero.
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  15. richarddacat

    richarddacat Do enjoy your party Super Supporter

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    I’ve done that using a small space heater, worked good.
    Don’t walk off and leave it.
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  16. 2WheelieADV

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    Just put a fen on hot in the tire for 15 mins. Will get on a rim like a glove.
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  17. MrPulldown

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    I used an electric radiator oil type heater. Set a 2x4 on top and the tire on top of it.
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  18. JimVonBaden

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    Exactly! :deal
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    Today in Phoenix @78
    New tire in Back seat of car
    Parked in sun

    Off at 4PM

    40 min drive home

    Removed rear wheel and tire

    Use Bead popper and 2.5 lbs hammer
    Remove old carcass

    New tire out of car...apppx 90

    Lots Ruglyde


    Tire pops right on the rim
    Only needed tire irons on second side for last 10 to 12 inches
    Tire pops on

    More Ruglyde
    Hook up 12v tire pump

    About 10 m8 utes the bead pops on
    And runs up to 42 psi
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