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bullet heaters or large gas space heaters, anyone know where to start looking?

tierd of working in a cold garage already



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I bought a 50-85 k BTU torpedo heater at Home Depot last year. Def worth the $125 I paid. Runs off my LPG tank. I wouldn't get the kerosene ones due to the increased odors. Remember too that when you run it, your garage will get warm and you should remember to crack the door to allow for ventilation. You can ask Lupi, Jim and Jeff, that thing rocks. I get about 11 hours out of a tank, but you wont be running it 11 hours straight. It really heats up the garage in about 20 minutes when it was 20 degrees to start. Warm enough to run around in a t-shirt. Stayed warm for about 2 hours and then 20 minutes more. Not bad.

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what exactly are you looking for....one permantly mounted or a portable one? Gas or propane?

problem is if you are looking for a portable one gas and propane need to be vented out. I found one that claims it can be used in an enclosed area...Mr. heater portable buddy heater that works of of a 5 gallon propane tank for like $89.

otherwise I think the kerosne ones you can use inside also.

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Hmm,

top of Grover's christmas list.. home depot gift certificates! I need one of those. I'd only use it while working in the garage. And that's not too often considering how much I DON'T know about cracking into engines

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also a buddy of mine has one of those blue flame ventless wall mounted heaters. all you need to do is run a gas line to it and hook up the electric....nothing fancey. it has a thermostat and a low O2 monitor. Works fantastic. comes in like 3 or 4 differant BTU ratings for 1 car up to like 4 car garages.

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Definately go with the torpedo heater.... heats up way faster, and its way cheaper to operate.

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The kerosene ones aren't so bad if you point them outside until they heat up. The odors are mostly when they are first lit before they reach operating temperature.

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I got one at Home Depot for $75. It mounts on the 20# bottles like you would use for your grill. I don't vent my garage or anything when I'm using it. Works great.

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Just be careful!!

Hey All, I'm a newbie to the site, just joined last week, i wanted to say hello. I work in the Heating/Air Business, and have seen all sorts of heaters. Like others have already posted, make sure to provide ventilation. alot of those heaters deplete your breathing air, and emit Carbon Monoxide.I'd hate to read a post one day saying someone died trying to work in a warm garage. The blue flame brand is nice because you can get the propane one, or natural gas. The torpedo ones work great too. Depends on how big the space is you want to heat. Feel free to contact me if you have any heating questions... Good luck... Thanks to all the people that put this site together, and maintain it. Keep up the good work. I finally found a local site that I can be part of. Cheers!
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I have a used 50,000 btu natural gas furnace. Interested ? Youd have to run a gas line obviously.
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BusaDave is right Ken, the kerosene ones only stink when you first turn it on, it lets out a big puff of smoke usually and that stinks but once it starts going it barely gives off any smell. I have a Reddy Heater brand 55,000 btu kerosene torpedo heater and it heats my 2 and 1/2 car garage great.

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Next week I'm getting a new Trane furnance and am debating hanging my old one in the garage. About $700 to have it mounted, vented, and gas/electric run to the spot it needs to go.

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Next week I'm getting a new Trane furnance and am debating hanging my old one in the garage. About $700 to have it mounted, vented, and gas/electric run to the spot it needs to go.
I did that Took the old furnace out of the house, put it in the new 40 by 40 shop.....can you say warm?

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Hey All, I'm a newbie to the site, just joined last week, i wanted to say hello. I work in the Heating/Air Business, and have seen all sorts of heaters. Like others have already posted, make sure to provide ventilation. alot of those heaters deplete your breathing air, and emit Carbon Monoxide.I'd hate to read a post one day saying someone died trying to work in a warm garage. The blue flame brand is nice because you can get the propane one, or natural gas. The torpedo ones work great too. Depends on how big the space is you want to heat. Feel free to contact me if you have any heating questions... Good luck... Thanks to all the people that put this site together, and maintain it. Keep up the good work. I finally found a local site that I can be part of. Cheers!
Talked to my HVAC friend the other night and he said the same thing. He told me the only safe way to go for me would be a wall mount natural gas and vent it outside. When I get some time I will take one down.

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i think i want a wall mount that runs on gas.

mike are you saying you have 1 for sale?
is that big enough or is it to big for my garage to keep it maybe 50 degress atleast all the time?
does it have a termostat?



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does it have a termostat?
That's what I'm having trouble finding. They had them without a Thermostat for around $200 at Menards. Let me know what you find bro.

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Check this one out

Here's one that Home Depot has, but you have to run a gas line, electric, and a chimney. Not a bad little unit. But maybe I could get it cheaper from one of my suppliers..

$498.00 at the Depot
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Here's one that Home Depot has, but you have to run a gas line, electric, and a chimney. Not a bad little unit. But maybe I could get it cheaper from one of my suppliers..

$498.00 at the Depot
I have bedrooms over my garage so I'm not sure that will work.

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If you have bedrooms over your garage then you want your garage heated. Thoose rooms will be much warmer.



Hey mike, ya ever gonna answer my PM...?




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If you have bedrooms over your garage then you want your garage heated. Thoose rooms will be much warmer.



Hey mike, ya ever gonna answer my PM...?

Yes but a heater like that requires a chimney go straight up through the roof, which wouldn't look to pretty going through the middle of the bedroom A wall heater with a simple vent seems to be a better option for those of us who have bedrooms above our garages.

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The comfory glow ones they have at menards are ventless so you dont even need to do that. Just mount it on the wall, rn a gas line and your done. Plus they are rated at 30000 btus and they are like 150 bucks. If you want to run electriityout there too you can buy and optional blower also for 40 bucks but you really dont need it.




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The comfory glow ones they have at menards are ventless so you dont even need to do that. Just mount it on the wall, rn a gas line and your done. Plus they are rated at 30000 btus and they are like 150 bucks. If you want to run electriityout there too you can buy and optional blower also for 40 bucks but you really dont need it.

I asked my HVAC friend about those too. I was told they suck up all the oxygen and also create a lot of condensation on the ceiling. Neither of which are good

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I'm going to take my time on this. It's way too easy for me to close the insulated overhead door I have and either turn on a space heater or prop open the door to my house and let the heat poor in when I want to work in the garage. Eventually I want something more automatic, but I'll wait till I find out exactly what I should do and get a good deal on it

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I asked my HVAC friend about those too. I was told they suck up all the oxygen and also create a lot of condensation on the ceiling. Neither of which are good
I doubt your garage is sealed sooo well thats it will create a vacume. It should suck in oxygen from around the door on the garage and various other places. As far as the condensation I would think that would be from the warm air hitting the cold and if you have insulation in your attic that souldnt be a problem. one of my hieghbors has one of these and he keeps it set in the 50 or 60 then cranks it up when he's out there working.




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I doubt your garage is sealed sooo well thats it will create a vacume. It should suck in oxygen from around the door on the garage and various other places. As far as the condensation I would think that would be from the warm air hitting the cold and if you have insulation in your attic that souldnt be a problem. one of my hieghbors has one of these and he keeps it set in the 50 or 60 then cranks it up when he's out there working.

That sounds cool. I've never seen one, so I'm just going buy my friends professional opinion. I guess I'll have to check it out.

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