View Poll Results: What method do you use to heat your shop?

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  • Electric heat source

    19 20.88%
  • Natural Gas/Propane heat source

    30 32.97%
  • Oil based heat source

    3 3.30%
  • Radiant heat source

    6 6.59%
  • Steam heat source

    0 0%
  • Solar heat source

    2 2.20%
  • Wood or Corn pellet stove/furnace

    2 2.20%
  • Wood burning stove/furnace

    9 9.89%
  • No heat source

    20 21.98%
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Thread: How do you heat your shop?

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    How do you heat your shop?

    Just curious how others heat their shop. I grew up with a wood circulator stove in my dad's shop, worked very well with a ceiling fan mounted overhead to blow heat off the stack. I'm considering one for the new shop, but also considering a corn or pellet stove. I don't have gas ran to it and I think electric would cost too much to run for the size.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 11-03-2010 at 10:25 PM. Reason: typo
    Darren

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    NG fueled 35,000 Btu Radiant. Wall mounted, no exhaust piping needed.

    Had it for five years now, and like it a lot.
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    A couple of more questions...

    I'd be curious to know the monthly costs if you heated it for the weekend and a few nights out of the week?

    How much square footage do you heat?
    Darren

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    My shop in in my basement. We have forced hot air oil heat.
    I cut 4 or so openings in the duct work down there and put grills on them. It is still pretty chilly down there because the thermostat is on the first floor.
    Today while I was surfacing 60bf of cherry the heat came on 4 times. The duct is right over my head. Got a bit hot
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    Last edited by John Bartley; 11-27-2010 at 01:19 PM.

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    I find the thickest corduroy I can find and run in place.

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    975 sqf Warner wood stove. I can make it 90 in there if I need to. Oh and I bought 4 cords of wood. And picked one up along the road side last year. I still have 2 left. I kept the fire going from about this time until early may. So total cost was about 348 bucks
    We have a pellet stove in the other shop. About 1000 sqf the last time we ran it for the whole winter it used 3 tons of pellets. At the time pellets here where 229 a ton so it cost 687 or so for the winter. Pellets here are now at 279 a ton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    A couple of more questions...

    I'd be curious to know the monthly costs if you heated it for the weekend and a few nights out of the week?
    I can't say for sure. I have an auto-setback thermostat on it, and it's heated to 65° from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and then set back to 50° overnight, seven days a week. I'm guessing somewhere around $35.00 per month for that (based on gas at $6.38 MCF). Your schedule would be probably near half of that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    How much square footage do you heat?
    The shop is 26 X 32, with ten foot ceiling, so 8320 ft³. It's insulated R21 in the walls, and R30+ in the ceiling. Concrete slab floor.
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    I selected electric heat source as that is what I use. I don't want to skew your numbers though so I should say that where I live I run 2 or 3 1500 watt forced air heaters. They probably run no more than 30 hours all season. Heck, I just today put one of the fans (to stay cool) away. I haven't even thought about bringing the heaters down yet.
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    I've got a 200,000 BTU 90+ furnace on natural gas with a 5 ton ac unit ducted around the shop. The heated shop area is a 36 x 70 and while we stay comfortable summer and winter we don't run the unit unless we need to whether for heat or cool. I keep the thermostat on about 55 in the winter and around 85 in the summer. AC costs are around $50-70 a month and natural gas costs are near the same. Not too bad but I am well insulated in a pole barn style building with a good bit of extra insulation in the walls. EDIT I forgot to say we operate from 7-5 Mon. thru Fri.
    I once heard that cats and women will do darn well what they please and that men and dogs would do well to accept it and just go on.

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