Garage Remodel #8: reznor natural gas heater, installed and running

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 11-25-2013 01:57 AM 2601 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: completion and after thought comments Part 8 of Garage Remodel series Part 9: Adding 5/8" drywall to ceiling »

my 60,000BTU kerosene heater ran out at the end of september. i have been hesitant to refill as i knew i MUST get my Reznor UDAP60 (60k btu) installed and running. as always, lots of research about city code, professional installations, youtube, hvac forums, this site, etc before i tackle any major project (i consider major as things that can go boom or catch fire). early on, i had a $500 quote of hanging it, venting it, piping it, and testing it. that was out of the question as i figured i could do 98% of it all myself (except the piping and testing of natural gas, which i’ll never touch…. at least for now).
Found out, my outside stucco is not the normal stuff. 1/4” thick and i could puncture with hands and chisel AOK. I had my masonry bit and dewault ready to use, but didnt need it. I DID do the boobo of buying a $15 thermostat at HD which turned out to be for 110v or 220v base board heaters. Luckily, I did buy a $5 unknown brand name thermostat at an auction earlier in the year just for this (i preferred a simple mechanical one but…eh).
All in all.. i’m happy. I can now stay in the garage after work without worrying if i can feel my fingers after an hour.
Next step… finish off ceiling insulation. I am 95% done. I left portions open for the Reznor installation and some electrical wiring to do (another leg of lighting). Then… drywall! solo! weee…...

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 04:41 AM

I hear they are very good heat sources

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 04:07 PM

I just found your build and am avidly reading backwards though your process! Well done. I wish I would have found your series before starting my build. We are almost identical in how we have approached the electrical (removable chase ) and heating.

That is the exact heater I just installed, but I am surprised you found a plumber to quote the install. I couldn’t find any plumbers that would quote the hookup. Out of 5 I called, every one said they would not install any equipment that I did not buy from them. Add to this all of their quotes for gas line install were outrageous as well. $500 to hang vent and test a heater? That’s $50 in parts and an hour of time. Well I guess they have to get the 4 hour minimum at $120/hour somehow.

How well has the Reznor been performing in your space? and in the Reno winters?

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 05:58 PM

Was not a plumber but a HVAC business. I am a business telephone system and cabling guy, by day. So have various contacts with business owners and such. One business works HVAC and has installed these Reznor’s in offices & warehouses. They sent a tech out for free to extend the gas line a couple feet from main line to where the Reznor resides. Call it a favor for doing great business telecommunications work for them :) Originally they would of charged me $100 to extend the gas line and test it. I hung the unit myself, installed the thermostat. Unsure where your $500 comes into play at a 4hour minimum. The guy was here for just 20-30minutes to complete the extension. Granted, my extension was a couple feet from the main gas line though.

How well does it work? If it is 20 or 30 degree out in the garage, I fire it up by setting thermostat to 65 and it takes 10-15minutes to walk in with shorts and tshirt. And that was BEFORE I installed drywall and sealing to my ceiling.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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