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    Shop Heaters

    I am going to be looking for a heat source for my shop within a couple of months. Wondering what is being used and has been used by you folks and the good and bad about them. Not going to use a salamander heater as I can't stand the smell and I do want a permanent heater as I will be leaving it to run to keep a minimum of 45 degrees to keep stuff from freezing and condensation. It will need to be a propane furnace. I have looked at the dawg heater. Any other options? I will be doing some finish so flame is a consideration. Other unforeseen situations? Thanks in advance.
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    My dad has used one of these for a few years. Works great, but he also has a few jackets that have a few melted spots on them. No odor, but he did keep a windo cracked for air. In his new shop, he was looking at one of these, but I don't know what he will go with.
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    I have an unvented natural gas radiant heater in my shop. Have had it for three winters so far, and it's worked great. 35K btu for an 800 ft² well insulated building. Costs about $35.00 per month.

    It does have an open pilot and 'heat mat' though. I've sprayed lacquer and shellac in there with no problems.

    In my garage, I have the second heater (this one) that Jeff recommended. It also works very well, but needs to be mounted low, and therefore takes up some otherwise usable wall space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    My dad has used one of these for a few years. Works great, but he also has a few jackets that have a few melted spots on them. No odor, but he did keep a windo cracked for air. In his new shop, he was looking at one of these, but I don't know what he will go with.
    That first one and my grandson in the shop .
    Now the second one is one great price until I see no thermostat and blower included. But that is big enough and looks like a contender. Thanks.
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    I have an unvented natural gas radiant heater in my shop. Have had it for three winters so far, and it's worked great. 35K btu for an 800 ft² well insulated building. Costs about $35.00 per month.

    It does have an open pilot and 'heat mat' though. I've sprayed lacquer and shellac in there with no problems.

    In my garage, I have the second heater (this one) that Jeff recommended. It also works very well, but needs to be mounted low, and therefore takes up some otherwise usable wall space.
    Jim, I would assume then I could get a different orfice and it would work on propane. The spraying issue is one of my concerns thanks for mentioning it. Since it is radiant, are things away from it cold?
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    My dad has used one of these for a few years. Works great, but he also has a few jackets that have a few melted spots on them. No odor, but he did keep a windo cracked for air. In his new shop, he was looking at one of these, but I don't know what he will go with.
    I tried using the first heater you listed in my shop but it wouldn't heat it up enough. I now have the second one thats 30,000 btu's and runs on propane. I just turn it on high for about 20 to 30 minutes and than turn it down on low to maintain the temperature. A 20# tank will last about a month for me working in the shop 6 days a week 10 hours a day.

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    During the winter, there was a long thread on this subject. You might want to search it.
    I use radiant heaters run on 20 lb. propane bottles. Work fine but run through that propane like crazy. I have to use sparingly, very expensive.

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    My old shop was heated with a wood stove while I was in there and had a small propane heater to keep the shop above freezing when not in there. Wood stoves are great for fixing mistakes.

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    I just turn on oldies stations and keep dancing to stay warm.
    gets tough when Im trying to nail a brad in straight and disco at the same time.

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    I have a used 90% furance in my shop. My shop size is 24x30. This works great and is really pretty cheap. I got the furance from a dealer and it was a take out from a job that had 2 of these,but 1 was bad so the customer had both unit replaced. I modified the inlet for combustion to bring the air in from the attic above the shop. The exhaust is the normal 2" pipe thru the wall.

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