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    How about heated gear...for my garage.

    My fingers ain't working too good lately, and i see Lots of options to keep the garage toasty. Mine is probably around 20 x 25.
    Experience? Best deals?

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    I have had heated attached garages in the past that are ducted to the house heating system. I would just close the dampers in the garage unless I wanted to work there. Depending on where the existing duct work is in your house, it may be both simple and cheap to retro fit ducting to your garage. You can turn your furnace fan from "Auto" to "On" for a while before you want to use the garage.

    I had an unheated but insulated garage that I used a 2400 watt electric heater in when I wanted to work there. Took about an hour to heat the garage from ~25 to 50 - 60. At the time I was doing this, electricity was much more expensive than natural gas, but since I used the garage very infrequently, I paid the premium for convenience. Now there are a lot of places where gas is just as expensive as electricity, so that may not be much of an issue any more. Electric heaters are fairly inexpensive. The one I used had a thermostat, which is common.
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    An oil option is the Toyo stove. They are small, efficient and not overly difficult to install. Toyos are widely used in Alaska to good purpose.
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    I use an infrared stand up propane stove when it gets cold. After a while, I have to shut it off I get so toasty warm. Lots quieter than those bullet heaters too!

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    If all you want is to take the chill off this might work.

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    I use a plain old kerosene heater. It's just enough to take the chill off.
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    I use the twin Sunflower system. attach it to the top of a propane bottle. I can go from cold to toasty warm in about 20 minutes. My garage is well insulated, with R-13 in the walls and R-19 in the ceiling. I got my heater at Lowes.
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    I have a well insulated but unheated garage attached to the house. Even in the coldest weather the temperature only drops down to about freezing.

    I have an IR heat lamp (like for baby chicks) above my workbench. Lay out all the tools and parts and they're toasty warm to the touch. That and a pair of insulated coveralls and I'm usually too warm.

    East and very low cost solution.
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    [QUOTE=MCMXCIVRS;637576]If all you want is to take the chill off this might work.

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    I considered one of these, but went with a ceiling mount 10kw fan electric heater. They were around $350 when I bought mine. If I am doing something temperature sensitive such as paint work or glue up on wood projects , I'll set it at the minimum such as 55 deg and if the wood runs out if takes over. I also turn it on when I arrive in shop and build up the wood stove.
    I have owned the kerosene stoves in past but will say that 2 kids and their mother died from one here in KY last few days! The kerosene is pricey and a big issue to tote around all the time. I would go my route again or if a small gargae and all you want is a bench work/bike or car spot warmed go to the radiants as shown.

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    Woody: Here's a thread with quite a few ideas:

    http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforum...ge-heater.html
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    Get a smudge pot, load it with diesel, light it with gasoline, and you won't be cold all winter...

    Sheesh, get a Harbor Freight Tools catalog and order a space heater...end of story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarddog View Post
    Get a smudge pot, load it with diesel, light it with gasoline, and you won't be cold all winter...

    Sheesh, get a Harbor Freight Tools catalog and order a space heater...end of story!
    didn't know Harbor frt had heaters. There's one about 5 miles from my house. Everything's inexpensive there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodrow823 View Post
    Everything's junk there!
    fixed.

    We've got a gas furnace mounted on the ceiling above the desk. It heats up the whole place just fine.

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    I had to plug in the infared lamp above the waterer in my chicken coop this week, so their water wouldn't freeze. I guess 8 degs is pretty cold to chickens? They don't get under it-thet get on the roost over it, as in where the heat rises too-smart chickens, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydrummerdude View Post
    fixed.

    We've got a gas furnace mounted on the ceiling above the desk. It heats up the whole place just fine.
    Now I know where to work on my bike this winter
    We drove all this way for a DEAD END ! My son!!!

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