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    I want to take the chill out of the air in my garage.I don't want to connect to the gas supply so I'm thinking about a portable infrared heater. Specifically the ones that sit ontop of the propane tank. They come in one, two, or three burners. Any one of you habve any experience with them?
    My garage is about 400 square feet with a 9/1/2 foot cieling.It's attached to the house so I get some relief.

  • #2
    Propane tanks are not allowed inside.
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    • #3
      I have one from Harbor freight single head unit clamps on top of the tank. need lots of vent and it only heats what is in the line of fire( pardon the pun) *radiant* infrared heater it does not heat the air as such. really good for setting the powder coat paint. It will not take the chill out of the air.But it does the job for warming up the backside when working on the trauck that you can't get in the shop because of to many toys.
      I have one of those 100K jet fuel heaters with the blower sometimes called a torpedo heater. It also needs a lot more ventilation. will warm up tyhe shop fast. smells of kerosene.
      Since I have a two story shop, its a pain to drag any up and down stairs. Its also a mess. I have an electric frankilin stove and a couple of electric heaters with fans.
      It will take the chill off and then I work in vest.
      I have got to finish installing the furnance in the joint. don't know if I will be able to afford to run it.Natural gas in southeast Mich is supposed to go up 47%. Figures just joined the monthly budget plan it has already gone up once lol.

      The franklin stove type heater was on sale at the local miejers store for 89.00 has a fan in it and two elemnts a high and low. also the fake flame/log burning Stuff never have turned that on.
      Harbor freight had the style on sale last month for 99.00

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      • #4
        I have a two head Mr. Heater... put it on a 20lb cylinder as well as a 80lber now and then. They work ok but are more a spot heater then anything else. They will raise the ambient air temp but not real fast being a radiant heater. I prefer to take the chill out of the air with the 175000 btu hurricane heater... it will melt the snow off the roof... then use the little heater to keep me comfortable when welding. As with most thing use common sense at you be fine around the bottle. I've also seen a mini hurricane heater that are adjustable in the 7-25000 btu range. I think they would be real nice in a small garage for fast heating.

        If you go with electric look into the oil filled radiator type heaters. I have one in the small machine shop building and have it set on low. It keeps the temp very comfortable for the machines... I did insulate it when built so it holds the heat really well.

        [This message has been edited by Tinkerer (edited 12-08-2005).]
        Wow... where did the time go. I could of swore I was only out there for an hour.


        • #5
          Thanks guys. I'll look for another alternative. At 32 deg. because it is insulated and attached to the house, it's livable. But at 20 deg. for a week at a time it gets a bit chilly.
          I would rather use propane than Kero.


          • #6
            After years of struggling with different kinds of heaters, I finally hit on the perfect solution - for me.

            I got a pair of those overhead infrared heaters, switched them separately and wired in a timer. Now, I simply wind the timer as I walk into the shop, and the heaters immediately start heating ME. No wait for air to heat up or for all that junk to start radiating heat. AND, there's no chance I'll leave the heat on when I'm not actuallty in there. Best thing is that my heating bill went way down.

            Some photos at the bottom of this page, if you're interested:


            Frank Ford


            • #7
              i use one of the 100k tarpedo heaters have used it for 20 years in my 40x28 shop. i have had no problems with it i only use k-1 kero. sp i do not get much smell.


              • #8
                I think I'd inquire about how much it would cost to add another vent or radiator to your home heating system.
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                • #9

                  I installed a vented propane heater in my shop (Mr. Heater BigMAX 75K BTU) this fall and I'm so glad I did. I use it every weekend and a few nights a week. I'm still on my first 100lb bottle which I think has around 40-50% left. The coldest it has gotten in my shop so far was 45 and after turning on the heat I feel comfortable after 5 minutes. I use a standard digital/programmable thermostat and after 15 mins the thermostat on the wall sees 65 deg and cycles the heater every 5 minutes or so. The ceiling fans circulate the heat and move it all around my shop making it very comfortable very quickly. I think the 45K BTU unit would work great in your shop.

                  These vented shop/garage units have a blower that forces the exhaust/combustion outside so you can easily install a horz vent. It only took about 20 minutes to install the venting system and the rest of the work was figuring out how to hoist the unit up, and bolting it in place.



                  • #10
                    I agree with Frank Ford. I have the same infra red radiant heaters mounted on the rafters in a tilting bracket. It has a pull chain, one pull= one element on. two pulls
                    and two elements come on. It provides instant heat like sunshine on me. Only costs about .15 cents per hour to operate.
                    I bought mine from "Lee Valley" tools.
                    Cost about 60.00 when I got mine, I think they are even less now. They guarantee them for 10 years.


                    • #11
                      I had the catalog handy so I looked them up. They are going for 45.00 now.
                      part # 27K08.30 Quartz Radiant Heater.


                      • #12

                        I'm very happy with my propane setup, but I also found dirt cheap (basically FREE) electric base board heaters that might appeal to other people... Electricity is obviously very expensive for heating your home, but maybe they make sence for heating your shop only when needed?

                        Check out the price on these NEW surplus baseboard heaters from

                        208/240 VAC 750/1000 watt 4 foot long Baseboard heater ($12.99 each):


                        208/240 VAC 1500/2000 watt 8 foot long Baseboard heater ($24.99 each):


                        208/240 VAC 1875/2500 watt 10 foot long Baseboard heater ($25.99 each):




                        • #13
                          Yankee1, is the same unit?


                          • #14
                            I installed a 75k BTU overhead infrared tube heater. Takes in outside air, vents exhaust outside, burns LP from an outside tank setup (LP company provided tanks 2x120 gallon).

                            AFAIK, for each gallon of hydrocarbon fuel you burn you create about a gallon of water vapor. If this is not vented outside, when the temperature drops, i.e. the heater is turned off, the water will condense somewhere. Like on cold machinery and tools.

                            Thats why I went for the external vented system. I use a thermostat set at 45 degrees when I am not in the shop.



                            • #15
                              Hello JPR,
                              Yes thats the one I bought but the gaurantee was 10 years.