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heater in garage

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bobcatnj, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    does any use a portable heater in the garage?if so how big of a heater?
  2. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    I use a 50,000 btu heater, not very big I know, but its enough to take the edge off and I can work in a sweatshirt. I didn't have my building constructed/insulated to heat so I won't go to great lengths to heat it. BTW tis a 30 x 40 x 12 building with a concrete floor so obviously there is no way that little heater will take the edge off the whole thing, I just point it in the general direction I'm working in, so far so good.
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Matt has a 55,000 btu heater, and he uses it in a 2 car uninsulated garage. He works in a t-shirt when he is there, and that's with him keeping the door open 4 to 5 inches.
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I have a 225000 btu multi fuel heater, and also have a 18000 btu propane. I have'nt used the propane one yet (x-mas gift).But next year I will have my outdoor woodstove pumping heat in there.
  5. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I have a 55K btu torpedo heater. I have to leave the thermostat at half or it gets too hot in my garage. I have a 3 car garage. I crack the garage door about an inch and open the window alittle. The fumes can get alittle stinky depending on which way I have it pointed.

    I'd like to go to a propane/natural gas set up that hangs from the ceiling. No fumes then.
  6. chopsticks33

    chopsticks33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    my dad just installed something like that...its an 80000 btu hot dawg hanging in the corner. man that thing pumps the heat. we cut a hole through the wall of the garage, and ran the exhaust duct out like that. the garage was built last summer so we had the guys run natural gas out there.
    it works out pretty slick, but we dont have it on all the time cuz of the stupid nat. gas prices:dizzy:
  7. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Be careful with those things in enclosed spaces. You'll go to sleep and never wake up.
  8. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I have a exhaust fan in the polebarn also, use it when I weld and if the heater kicks out some smoke.
  9. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I made sure when I bought mine that it had an O2 sensor in it. The heater will shut off when it reaches 50% unsafe O2 level. So you have time to turn it off and air out the area before you pass out.

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