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Heater options for garage


By Adam1

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    Looking for some of the great non-fishing knowledge that IDO can provide. Sometime this summer I would like to finish our garage and heat it. When we purchased the house 2.5 years ago, I think the previous owners were in the process of finishing it. All of the walls are insulated, about half of the walls have been mud/tapped and the other half just got sheetrock on them. The ceiling is open through the rafters up to the roof. I love the ease and convenience of storing things in the rafters, but we will put up a ceiling and insulate it. Get new garage doors as well.

    The garage is 30′ x 32′, attached to the house. The house is heated by propane.

    My question is what is the best, cheapest, most convenient heat source to keep the garage roughly around 40-45 degrees in the winter? When talking cheapest, I more so mean long term costs associated with it rather than just short term initial cost. I’d also like to be able to heat up to 60 or so when I know I’d be out there for a few hours. Another thing to keep in mind is that our garage does house both of our vehicles, so in general each garage door is going to open at least once in the morning and once in the evening, losing most of the heat.

    Also, will be great addition if someone shares their experience with Mr. Heater F232000, these reviewers can be tricky time to time, you know them

    #2 2 years ago

    I use a Mr. Heater #MH40NG and keep it in the lower 60s all winter(Chicago) and up to 70 when I'm out there. It is natural gas however. Open garage door and it will heat back up in a matter of minutes. I'd probably go with the MH35LP for quicker heating and efficiency. A 4-9000 BTU will take quite a long time to raise temps back up. But alas, we don't know where you are from so perhaps your winters aren't as severe. You should really match btu to your square footage and temperate zone.
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    #3 2 years ago

    There is a propane/ natural gas system whereby you hang long “ heating tubes” from the ceiling . I use them in my warehouses. They essentially heat the floor/ walls and cars versus the air. When you open your garage doors you don’t lose all of the warm air that you do with conventional blower systems which makes them really efficient.

    #4 2 years ago

    Radiant tube heaters are made for rooms with high ceilings,they can melt or heat damage anything to close to them. Look at hanging unit heaters most of them have a power vent so they can be vented trough ceiling or sidewall. Are you installing yourself ? if so make sure manufacturer's recommendations on clearance to combustibles ,also use correct gauge and type of vent pipe .

    #5 2 years ago

    Gas will be more efficient but I'd look at a mini split system that has a heat pump and AC.

    https://www.acwholesalers.com/cooling/mitsubishi-single-zone-mini-split-indoor-units.html

    That being said my needs were for just storage and exercise equipment in the garage so I went with this unit that I exhaust with a dryer vent:

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    #6 2 years ago

    If you mean cheapest to run it would be using your propane source. It sounds like you live in a cold weather climate. Ductless min split heat pump will probably not work well. Install 96% 60,000 BTU two stage forced air heater in attic. But there goes your storage space. If your talking cheapest to install some type of electrical radiant heaters that mount low on your wall.

    #7 2 years ago

    This is how it's done. I just went up and purchased a Beacon Morris natural gas heater at menards and mounted it to my ceiling. Only costs me about $40 a month to heat it in the coldest wisconsin months. The key is to get your garage air tight. It can be converted to propane. I keep my garage at 65 degrees all winter.

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    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from Adam1:

    Looking for some of the great non-fishing knowledge that IDO can provide. Sometime this summer I would like to finish our garage and heat it. When we purchased the house 2.5 years ago, I think the previous owners were in the process of finishing it. All of the walls are insulated, about half of the walls have been mud/tapped and the other half just got sheetrock on them. The ceiling is open through the rafters up to the roof. I love the ease and convenience of storing things in the rafters, but we will put up a ceiling and insulate it. Get new garage doors as well.
    The garage is 30′ x 32′, attached to the house. The house is heated by propane.
    My question is what is the best, cheapest, most convenient heat source to keep the garage roughly around 40-45 degrees in the winter? When talking cheapest, I more so mean long term costs associated with it rather than just short term initial cost. I’d also like to be able to heat up to 60 or so when I know I’d be out there for a few hours. Another thing to keep in mind is that our garage does house both of our vehicles, so in general each garage door is going to open at least once in the morning and once in the evening, losing most of the heat.
    Also, will be great addition if someone shares their experience with Mr. Heater F232000, these reviewers can be tricky time to time, you know them

    Quoted from BOBCADE:

    Gas will be more efficient but I'd look at a mini split system that has a heat pump and AC.
    https://www.acwholesalers.com/cooling/mitsubishi-single-zone-mini-split-indoor-units.html
    That being said my needs were for just storage and exercise equipment in the garage so I went with this unit that I exhaust with a dryer vent:
    https://www.officialtop5review.com/best-propane-garage-heaters/

    I know this is an old thread but I was just looking for some info on Mr. Heater too, and did a quick search.

    Just wanted to say thanks to Bob, I think I'm going to go with that Honeywell!

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