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Forum topic by BMichs75 posted 07-18-2018 08:26 AM 942 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2018 08:26 AM

Ok.i need a little help with solutions for heating my new shop. It is not quite the time to purchase a heater, but we are getting close. I am running a 1” gas line from the house to the shop to supply the fuel for the heat source. The shop is 25×30 with 10’ white steel ceilings. Walls insulated to r19 and ceilings will be blown fiberglass insulation at r50. My main questions are:

Anyone out there use gas radiant tube heater? Do you like them? If your wood/projects are not directly underneath the heater are there still issues?

Forced air benefits? How about mounting furnace in rafters? Has anyone done that and how do you like it? I am looking at Hot Dawgs and Reznors separated combustion units.

I am NOT interested in electric heat, wood/wood pellets, propane, or oil.

Thoughts are greatly appreciated!

-- Brandon

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 04:06 AM

If you are running gas to the workshop then consider the Modine┬« Effinity 93┬« – Model PTC series ceiling hung heater which is a fan forced totaly sealed burning unit and it works great for my 24×36 with 10 foot ceiling shop. I over sized mine at 135000 BTU but love it so far. I run it at set back to 46 degrees at night and then put it up to 60 degrees when in the shop where it takes about 10 minutes to bring the shop up to temp. Very please with its cost of operation.

They have both natural gas and propane versions of various BTU sizings and the key is picking the right BTU rating so it is not running all the time but yet keeps the shop upto temp you wish. Here is one source for info but I got mine from a source local to me.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 03:15 PM

I have a stick built 30’ by 40’ shop well insulated in central IL. I heat it with a 75000 bta forced air natural gas Beacon/Morri’s heater from Menards. It cost $800 and heats the shop easily. It only takes about 10 minutes to raise the temp 20 degrees. Very happy with it for the cost.

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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#3 posted 11-09-2015 12:51 PM

I use a Radiant tube heater in my shop which is 2100 Sq. Ft. The heater has only a 10’ tube. I live in Northern BC. Canada where sometimes it gets to -40F. and the heater works great, and my dogs love it too.

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#4 posted 11-09-2015 01:11 PM

Does the temperature in Ohio get high enough so you may want to air condition your shop in the summer? If so then a forced air furnace with a space in the duct work to allow you to add an air conditioner latter would be worth considering.

Placing a furnace in an atic space or hanging one is an acceptable method. Just make sure you plan on how to get to the controls for any repairs.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#5 posted 11-09-2015 04:38 PM

Steve: what brand of radiant heater do you have? Winters here in Ohio usually average in low 20’s F, but can get as low a -15 for a week at a time. I like the thought of radiant heat because dust isn’t blown around to ruin a finish, but worried with the chance of warping, ect. that others have mentioned. I do not plan on placing the tube above wood storage or finished products, but still a little worried. Thoughts?

WoodNSawdust: Summers in Ohio average upper 70’s to mid 80’s most of this time. Can reach 100+. I will say I am a little bit of a wimp when it comes to heat, especially in a shop where I plan on working for 1-3 hours an evening. I do plan on adding a couple ceiling fans in the future and figures that would help with the heat some.

-- Brandon

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