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Old 11-12-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
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Garage Heaters

I've built my whole garage gym around advice on this forum. I'm adding a heater this year. Do I want to go gas(propane) or electric? I have about 450 square feet I think? As always, thanks
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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I've built my whole garage gym around advice on this forum. I'm adding a heater this year. Do I want to go gas(propane) or electric? I have about 450 square feet I think? As always, thanks
I had a garage gym about that same size and I got a Kerosene Heater. People call them the R2D2 since they look like R2D2. Worked great and would pretty quickly get the temp up 20 or 25 degrees.
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:23 PM   #3
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Re: Garage Heaters

Propane will make your walls drip with condensation. My neighbor has a kerosene heater he's gonna hook me up with to try out.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:00 AM   #4
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Re: Garage Heaters

I have a heater attachment that attaches to the top of my propane tank. I've used it extensively and usually have to turn it off because it gets too warm. My garage is a two car garage as well.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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Re: Garage Heaters

You guys never notice the off gases that come with propane or kerosene. I had a gas style heater in my garage for one day and noticed the off gases. I have an electric unit heater. I was looking at putting in a properly vented gas heater but it was too much money. Who knows maybe another time. I would go electric but again we have the cheapest power prices in North America where I live.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:31 AM   #6
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Re: Garage Heaters

The other night I went and bought an electric heater for about $150. I took it back the next morning. No lie, there was one of those shopping carts by the returns counter filled with returned electric heaters.

I then went down the street and bought a propane heater for $100 that actually worked. Electric may work to pick up some slack from a bum heater indoors, but there is no way it'll bring the temperature of a cold garage up to anything comfortable.

Go gas!
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:06 AM   #7
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The other night I went and bought an electric heater for about $150. I took it back the next morning. No lie, there was one of those shopping carts by the returns counter filled with returned electric heaters.

I then went down the street and bought a propane heater for $100 that actually worked. Electric may work to pick up some slack from a bum heater indoors, but there is no way it'll bring the temperature of a cold garage up to anything comfortable.

Go gas!
I think that's the way im leaning. I found a couple of nice ones at Lowes. im going to wait a week or so to see if it goes on black Friday sale. it says I can get about 6 hours on a gallon and heats 1000 sq feet. the wife is worried about the fumes that's why I was hoping the electric would workout.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:52 AM   #8
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Like I said I have a proper 5KW electric heater, I should have about a 10-15KW one, and I may buy another. The fumes from the gas about killed me. And FYI it is already been about -10C here this here for a week and I am still training in shorts ! It will top out at -35 to -40C and I will train in the garage.

The only other way around it is to install a proper gas heater that is vented.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:47 PM   #9
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Re: Garage Heaters

Yeah there is no way to really cheat a good electric heater when it is really cold.

If you do go gas you really need to vent it. Don't risk your health/life.

The few $$ spent to set it up right is worth it in the long run (vs the alternative of death/sickness)
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:04 PM   #10
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It will top out at -35 to -40C and I will train in the garage.
That's awesome. Rocky IV stuff there...
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