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    Garage Heat Suggestions


    Question for the masses.

    I've got a large 1 car garage on the house Im renting. think its probably 14' x 24'.


    Currently have a home gym in one side of it and like to do projects in the other half. Set all that up in the summer but now its getting mighty cold out there. Was wondering what my best option for getting some form of there is?

    Only have 110V accessible out there, (not my house) its not insulated, does have good seals around the garage door so its not drafty

    Electric sounds easiest but I also don't want to wait 2 hours for it to warm up enough to work out.

    Propane heaters sound effective but dangerous, sketched out about using them indoors.

    any recommendations?

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    Without being able to install a proper heating system out there since you don't own it, you don't have much for options. Space heater will take forever to heat the place up, but it will take the chill out of the air somewhat.

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    I use this https://www.newair.com/products/5000-watt-g73
    You need to run a dedicated 30amp circuit to it. Heats my currant 10x18 space just fine and I used it to heat a 20 x 24 space before took more then the chill out. only draw back is that It will make your electric meter spin faster! I connected it with a dyer cord and outlet to make it portable.

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    Get a Big Buddy. Scroll towards the bottom where Amazon bundles things and get the Buddy + bulk cylinder hose + AC adapter. You'll want to connect it to a 20 lb cylinder or you'll be running the little green bottles. The AC adapter is for the on board fan (yes, fan) to run off a wall outlet rather than I think 3 or 4 C or D batteries.

    I've had one of these for about 10 years, it is excellent. The one I linked will do up to 450 sq ft, and can run at 18k, 9k, or 4.5k BTU's.

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    I run a 125k btu kerosene heater in my garage. Heats 25x25 from 30f to 75 in about 15 minutes. No complaints other than noise when it’s running. Built in thermostat so I usually turn it on set at 80 and go in the house until I hear it shut off. I’ll post a link in a minute.

    This one but 12 yrs ago it was 125k
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H4BKKVD..._V4u.DbRNTZEP3

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycapp View Post
    I run a 125k btu kerosene heater in my garage. Heats 25x25 from 30f to 75 in about 15 minutes. No complaints other than noise when it’s running. Built in thermostat so I usually turn it on set at 80 and go in the house until I hear it shut off. I’ll post a link in a minute.

    This one but 12 yrs ago it was 125k
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H4BKKVD..._V4u.DbRNTZEP3
    that is what I recommend for getting it up to temperature, once up to temp, you may be able to maintain temp with something smaller, even a Coleman mantle lantern, puts out a surprising amount of heat along with the light.

    I do however, recommend using a CO detector as well, if the canary don't die, yer all set

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    that is what I recommend for getting it up to temperature, once up to temp, you may be able to maintain temp with something smaller, even a Coleman mantle lantern, puts out a surprising amount of heat along with the light.

    I do however, recommend using a CO detector as well, if the canary don't die, yer all set
    100% agree. I have a co in my garage now. I havenít had any issues in 3 different garages so far, but itís easy enough to monitor.

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    1500w Quartz radiant space heater, aimed at you. Keep it close by and you won't need to wait for the whole space to warm up.

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    I have a pretty good size 2 car garage that is not insulated. I use a propane torpedo heater, combined with a CO2 monitor. Garage is so drafty CO2 has not been an issue but I would not suggest running one inside without it.

    When I lived on a boat I used an indoor safe propane fired heater with an adapter to run it off of a grill tank rather than burning up the small expensive ones. Something like this:
    https://www.cabelas.com/product/Mr-H...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    For a bigger space like a garage I'd go to the big brother... https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...RoCaV4QAvD_BwE

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    my buddy uses a heater for a mobile home, its propane powered but since its designed to heat a whole house, it keeps his garage pretty comfortable and can put on a thermostat so it doesnt sweat you out either. he said he found it for short money on CL. they are usually about the size of locker.

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    Re: Garage Heat Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    The AC adapter is for the on board fan (yes, fan) to run off a wall outlet rather than I think 3 or 4 C or D batteries.
    Fun fact. I fell down a rat-hole looking at these and discovered that they no longer come with this fan. Something about an import tariff change.

    MH18B Big Buddy: Due to recent governmental changes to import tariffs, Mr. Heater has removed the fan on some models of the Mr. Heater Big Buddy (MH18B). We apologize for the inconvenience and confusion this has caused some customers.
    Also cannot be sold in MA.

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