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Old 01-18-2019, 11:25 AM
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Hey Gang,

Im looking to do some work on my C7 and C6 this winter, but holy crap is my garage cold... I dont want to "install" anything like a wall unit or pull gas lines to my garage... Im looking at simple floor standing units that do not require power.

For example I was looking at something as simple as this:
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I dont need anything elaborate, just enough heat to be "comfortable" enough to work out in the garage for a few hours, and then shut the unit off.

Thanks for any advice you can share!
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I use the sun but then again, I'm in Florida. When I lived in base housing in Alaska we had steam radiator heat in the house and the garages were also heated. Not sure you'd want to do all of that plumbing. The nice thing about the steam heat is it passed through a blower assembly mounted to the ceiling so no gas or electric coils. No fear of ignition from the car should fluids spill. Whatever you choose make sure it's safe. I've seen too many horror stories of garages going up in flames due to wrong heaters being used.
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I've got an 1100 ft sq remote garage & I use kerosene salamander heaters. They warm it up fairly quickly & I do have both smoke detector & CO detector in case something goes awry. They are a little noisy so it is difficult to hear the radio when running. Both of the ones I have do have thermostats although I also have a plug style thermostat I purchased 40 years when the one salamander (now retired) I bought did not have a built in thermostat.
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Originally Posted by Mayor111 View Post
Hey Gang,

Im looking to do some work on my C7 and C6 this winter, but holy crap is my garage cold... I dont want to "install" anything like a wall unit or pull gas lines to my garage... Im looking at simple floor standing units that do not require power.

For example I was looking at something as simple as this: https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-Cor...=garage+heater

I dont need anything elaborate, just enough heat to be "comfortable" enough to work out in the garage for a few hours, and then shut the unit off.

Thanks for any advice you can share!
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Will not heat the whole garage but will keep your work area warm.

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Old 01-18-2019, 11:51 AM
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When I lived in the midwest, I used one of these:
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Heats a lot of space quickly, but pretty noisy. I still use it occasionally in Phoenix as well. Connects to the same propane tank you probably have for an outdoor grill. I have a cheaper version that isn't variable, so I just turn it on and off.
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How big is your garage and how is it attached to your house, if it's not separate? Is the garage insulated? Are your doors insulated? You lose a lot of heat there. Every winter I say I'm going to insulate my doors, but I never seem to do it...

Anyway, I've got something similar to this.

https://www.harborfreight.com/30000-...ter-63072.html

But my garage is a small 2 car, and it has low ceilings because it's part of a split level house. So half my house is on top of the garage, which helps with heat retention. That little heater can get it warm enough that I can work comfortably in jeans and a light sweater.

If your garage is bigger, with higher ceilings and less house around it, you might need something bigger.

My father had a big, standalone 2.5 car barn style garage. He used a big kerosene 'torpedo' heater for that. It was loud and required electricity in addition to the kerosene, but it worked really well.
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Old 01-18-2019, 12:06 PM
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I use a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim Heater/AC. It works great. Has a little suitcase compressor out side and a wall unit inside. Set the temperature and forget it.
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I bought three infrared heaters for my garage and they worked pretty well. I'd aim them toward the area I was working in and each came with a remote about $70 bucks each. They're on wheels so I could move them around quite easily. They worked for me for quite a while.

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Back when I was in my 20s a bunch of us used to hang out in one of my friend's garage all the time, he was always working on his Mustang 5.0. He had one of these kerosene type of heaters, it sounded like a little jet engine when it fired up and it kept his garage so warm that we could be in t shirts even if it was 0F outside (and it would probably be 70-75 inside his two car garage)

I found something very similar to what he had right here:

http://masterindustrialproducts.com/...edo-heaters-2/
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The heater in the OP's link is for outdoor use only, according to the description, and I wouldn't want to run a burner of any kind in a closed room like a garage.
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I can't tell from the photo what the fuel source is. But, if it's kerosene? I'm out. You don't want to breathe the fumes. Same if it's a non vented to the outside natural gas and propane. But that's just me. I'd advice 110AC floor heaters. They burn $ like crazy, but don't create fumes that screw with your health - respiratory system.
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Don't live where its cold?

Plan B - large heaters not near fuel.
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I can't tell from the photo what the fuel source is.
One photo shows it connected to a propane tank.
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When younger I used space heaters I could put where I was working. Since I've gotten older, I don't work in the winter except when the weather cooperates. Getting old, so be it.
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I attach a burner to a propane tank, with a tip-over sensor.

I'm not going to be in there for many hours to have to worry about ventilation, but I'd crack a window and use a fan if I were.
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I use a kerosene heater similar to this one. My garage is about 700 sq. ft. This heater will raise the temperature about 5 deg per hour. No electricity needed and it doesn't make any noise. I love it. Just plug it in a couple of hours before you need to start work.

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Will not heat the whole garage but will keep your work area warm.
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I had a local HVAC company install a Trane 2 ton mini-split in our garage a few years ago. It works great for both AC and heat. Very efficient as well. Living in Oklahoma, the AC is used more than the heat. The AC helps tremendously in the summer to keep the humidity down and keeps tools from rusting.
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DYI Mr. Cool heat/cool mini-split. Love it.
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