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    Suggestion for a propane heater?

    These stir up rather interesting debates on other forums. Here is the deal. Daylight basement shop. Mine is built in a hill so I guessing 65 to 75% of my shop is below grade. No leaks and no humidity problem. Large insulated garage door. My space is roughly 30 x 40.

    I have two propane lines in the shop on opposite sides. My need for heat is not great, but after a few cold nights it gets to cold to work comfortably in there. I was given a gas furnace that is way overkill. I have to test it to see if it OK and safe. If it works and not leaking carbon monoxide then I am in good shape.

    Assuming it isn't I am looking around for a propane fueled heater. I want something around $200 in price. I don't mind radiant heat just concerned about the size of the shop. Anyone have any suggestions or thought? Hopefully this furnace will check out OK. If so I will have to have some short duct work built and ad a thermostat. If not I am going to need something soon.

    Jeff
    Dreading when the cold finally hits the sunny south.

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    Check out Northern Tool. That have a good variety of unvented heaters at great prices. I just put one in our family room as back-up heat for the house. We are otherwise dependant on electricity. I did a lot of price shopping and they were the best value going away.

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    Just be aware that LPG puts out a lot of moisture.
    Cover those machine surfaces up when not in use.

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    Jeff it sounds like you are in the same fix I am in this weekend. I installed an older propane heater in my shop that used to reside in my house. After having to wait 3 weeks for my fuel company to deliver a 100 gallon tank, we fired up the heater. It worked perfect...while the service man was here. An hour later it died....

    I spent all day Friday figuring out that to fix it would be a big job, and I would have to wait another week for parts. So to make a long story short, I went shopping.

    There were two extremes. Unvented heaters that were in the 150 dollar range, and the vented kind that were 850 dollar range. While I really wanted the vented kind, I just could not swing it. In the end I ended up with a unvented heater.

    With such a small shop, it will heat quickly, and being well insulated it will stay warm for a long time. Still I won't be able to generate much sawdust with it running, and will have to crack a window as well. The worst thing is, I won't be able to run the heater all the time like I had hoped. This will save me money in propane, but means I have to build a storage locker for my finishes and glue, heated by a lightbulb to keep them from freezing up.

    I am not sure if any of this helps you, but hopefully your old heater will be in working order, unlike mine.

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    Hi Jeff,

    I suggest one of these things.
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    It runs on kerosine...heats 1000 sq feet for 12 hours on a little less than 2 gallons. Has no odor, designed for indoors. 23,000 Btu. Might be just the ticket for those occasional cold snaps...or until you get your furnace rockin'.

    $120.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Hart View Post
    Hi Jeff,

    I suggest one of these things.
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    It runs on kerosine...heats 1000 sq feet for 12 hours on a little less than 2 gallons. Has no odor, designed for indoors. 23,000 Btu. Might be just the ticket for those occasional cold snaps...or until you get your furnace rockin'.

    $120.
    I have one and it does put out a lot of heat. For safety, worth mentioning to ONLY use the water clear K1 kero.

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    I've been using portable kerosene heaters for years and all the kerosene I have bought has been red. I usually get it at the local rental shop that sells it. Last price was $4.85/gal

    I keep a window cracked open and open the door of the garage/shop every couple of hours to just "air out" the place.

    Last edited by Greg Cook; 11-26-2006 at 01:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Hart View Post
    Hi Jeff,

    I suggest one of these things.
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    It runs on kerosine...heats 1000 sq feet for 12 hours on a little less than 2 gallons. Has no odor, designed for indoors. 23,000 Btu. Might be just the ticket for those occasional cold snaps...or until you get your furnace rockin'.

    $120.
    Have ya seen the price of kerosene lately,,,, man its up there. Not sure how it compares to LP or others, but at $3.45/gl. I'd be looking at other options.

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    I am trying to avoid Kerosene if I can. I have used them in the past and I just really don't want to again. Call me lazy but I want something I can turn on and not have to mess with. (Adding fuel, buying fuel). Thats why I had them install two Propane drops in the Lab when we built the house.

    Travis, I assume you are talking about the radiant wall mount propane heaters? If this furnace doesn't pan out that is probably what I will end up with. Regardless what I use I will add one or two CO2 monitors around the shop just in case.

    Hopefully the furnace will work. It is way oversized for the heating needs of my Lab but thats a good thing. That means it will heat it up fast when I need it. Then I can just shut it off when I leave. My Lab never gets down to freezing but it sure can get cold.

    I just weatherstripped the door and adjusted the garage door latch so they seal up better.
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 11-26-2006 at 02:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    ...Call me lazy but I want something I can turn on and not have to mess with. (Adding fuel, buying fuel). Thats why I had them install two Propane drops in the Lab when we built the house...
    Man! are you lazy!!!

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