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Forum topic by mer500 posted 11-12-2018 12:44 PM 553 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2018 12:44 PM

First off… Happy Veterans Day to all the vets!!

I have a small 12×16 “shop” that is un insulated and I would like to add in a heater for the time that I am working. Im not out there everyday but if I had heat that might change. I live in good ol Alabama and it does not get extremely cold but it can at times. Looking for recommendations on some heaters.

I have looked at the Profusion, Fahrenheat, and New Air. I have a 220 line ran from my panel so power is not an issue.

I was looking at the propane ones as well but that might eat me up in propane costs, but then again im not out there everyday.


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#1 posted 11-12-2018 01:02 PM

I have a Farenheat and it does a good job of holding the temperature in my insulated 2 stall garage shop. Price was decent and installation was easy. I just replaced the thermostat after 5 years or so. The unit I have doesn’t have a wall thermostat so I bought a stand alone temperature gauge so I know what the temperature is. I keep it at 50 deg or so when I’m not in the shop and turn it up to 65 or so when I’m working. I know which mark on the thermostat knob corresponds to those temperatures so changing the setting is a matter of moving the knob to the appropriate mark. Because the heater is mounted on the ceiling it is a bit of a chore to get a stool every time the setting needs to be changed.

If you can get some insulation in your shop walls and ceiling it would be $$ well spent as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 11-12-2018 02:29 PM

I converted our single car garage into a rec room. The walls are concrete and un-insulated, but there is insulation in the ceiling. One wall is shared with the heated house.

We just use an electric oil heater and we can easily get it up to 70 in there when it’s way below freezing outside (Chicago area).

My shop is in a fully insulated detached 3 car garage. I use a 240V electric heater in there since running a gas line to the garage is a financial impossibility. I can get that space into the upper 60’s during the worst of winter.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#3 posted 11-12-2018 02:43 PM

I have a ProFusion ceiling mounted one from Northern Tool and it’s GREAT! I’m in south GA so I’m right there with ya, don’t use it a lot but it sure is nice to have! I’d suggest working on insulating the shop too though

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#4 posted 11-12-2018 02:56 PM

I use propane forced hot air heater I live in Pa. can get temp up fast form say 30 to 70 in just an hour witch in turn causes big tools and cabinet tools to sweat in an uninsulated 12×34 shed I cannot hold that temp. to good I know I need insulation but looking fo someone who dont itch for 1 year after touching it LOL :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 11-12-2018 03:55 PM

Yeah I am leaning toward the Pro Fusion unit from NT for 149.99. has 2 heat zones, more cfm, btu etc..

Waiting to hear back on the shipping cost lol

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#6 posted 11-12-2018 05:02 PM

My shop is only 12×24 with walls (only) insulated. Here in Louisiana summer heat is usually more of a problem than winter cold—but for those few days when it gets really cold (for me, that’s below 50F in the shop) I have some infrared lamps that help a lot.

-- PPBart

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