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marty
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posted December 06, 2002 05:23 PM  
Just wondered what you guys use for heating your garage. I'm looking for something thats economical to run yet low on fumes. Any ideas?
Marty.

DMA Racing
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posted December 06, 2002 05:33 PM  
wood

2nd2none
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posted December 06, 2002 07:38 PM  
depends on the size, in our 2 car garage we use the dual burner propane heater. In the 30x50 shop we got 2 55 gallon wood burners and a 155,000 btu torpedo kerosene heater.

mudslinger12
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Total posts: 75
posted December 06, 2002 08:13 PM  
we burn coal up here in wyoming, pretty cheaply too...lol

The Outlaw
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posted December 07, 2002 03:12 PM  
trailer home furnaces work the best, just hook up and lp tank outside or natural gas !!

redneck bubbas racing
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posted December 07, 2002 09:51 PM  
A wood burner (the old cast iron style) with an oil dripper will run you right up out out of a jacket even when it gets cold cold. If interested reply back on here and I will tell you what you need to make a dripper and cheap source of wood.

tilley88
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posted December 07, 2002 10:03 PM  
I've got a brick-lined Jensen wood-burner with a blower that heats my 24 x 32 shop so well I usually end up workin in my t-shirt, and most of the time I wanna take that off, too. Gotta get a thermostat.....

Pickles
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posted December 08, 2002 10:17 AM  
I wanna know, I wanna know, what do you need to make an oil dripper?

widebody
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posted December 08, 2002 11:39 AM  
Im not sure what type of oil dripper redneck bubbas racing made, but I just finsihed mine. I took an old freon tank, drilled a hole on the bottom welded a threade pipe coupler to the bottom. I cut a hole in the top side 1 1/2 i think it was(fill hole). Put an 1/8 ball valve on it, ran a section of old -4 bradied line, down tords the wood stove. At the stove side I put a piece of 3/16 brake line, into the stove up high, so I can still put the wood in yet the dripper drips in the middle of the stove. Ran the line out joined the AN line. Filled it with oil, hang it on the wall by the tanks handle. Open the valve and it drips in the fire on the logs. Burns clean and real hot, the log last forever..
If you look at the pics ,Dont laugh, I know there is no insulation in the garage, I did the wiring first, insulation and sheet rock next year(just bought the house).
Here are the pictures I just took.. http://www.yager.net/motorsports/oildripper

Is the the type of dripper you had in mind Redneck??
Im sure theres a better way, but this is what I came up with..

racer17j
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posted December 08, 2002 05:57 PM  
the bad thing about wood burners is the insurance...its usually a no-no with most insurance companies due to liability, especially if your garage is built onto your house.

redneck bubbas racing
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posted December 09, 2002 10:39 PM  
Thats pretty much it. Abouth the only thing different on mine is that we too use a 5 gallon bucket (I will be using your idea of a freon tank when the bucket lets go though) and I used copper line from the bucket all the way to the stove. As far as the cheap wood source we have a lumber mill not too far away. There are 2 as a matter of a fact. At one of them you can buy a truck load of wood that wouldn't make the grade for $20. The good part about this is that you can stack it neatly and very easily exceed a 1 tons capacity. You can also cut it with a chainsaw or Skilsaw. At the other mill they sell cubes (about 8X8X12) that are best used for BIG smokers for $45 a truck load. Hopefully you will have something available in your area. I'll tell ya, I ain't never been afraid of work, but I will get pretty darn cold before I cut enough wood to heat my shop.

Blackgold
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posted December 09, 2002 11:51 PM  
We have a similar set up in our shop. Just a word of caution for anyone doing this. If yoyr oil tank is where it will get warm after the stove is lit, remember that oil will drip faster as it gets warmer. the warmer it gets, the faster it drips and the warmer it gets. We almost had a meltdown one time when we left it unattended for a short time and the oil warmed up. I've seen some that had a fireproof insulation board between the stove and oil tank to keep it cooler. Just my 2 cents worth.

Scott H
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posted December 13, 2002 11:24 PM  
I have a excellent 220 volt electric heater from www.northerntool.com that easily heats my 28 x 34 race car shop all for about 220.00

Good Luck

Pickles
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posted December 14, 2002 10:29 AM  
Scott, is the heater you got Item #177870 ?
They have a ton of stuff and this was the closest I could find to what you discribed.

speeronline
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posted December 14, 2002 10:36 AM  
Here in Texas a good pair of long johns and and long sleeve shirt is all that you need... $15 and you are good to go! haha
Speeronline

66jj
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posted December 14, 2002 05:14 PM  
i used wood for years with oil drip, i had a large 55 gallon drum outside the shop i dumped the oil in and just ran a brake line with a holley jet in the end for a regulator.

i replaced this with a nat gas 50,000 furnace it works great but heat isnt as hot so it takes a while to warm up all the cold metal objects in the shop... it is maintenance free though and after insulating i just leave it on most the time around 60.


mwmod34
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posted December 15, 2002 06:53 AM  
Northern tool also sells a corn burner that works well and is cheap to run. goes quite awhile on a bushel of corn, and all you farmers out there know how cheap corn has been the last couple of years.

Scott H
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posted December 16, 2002 01:14 AM  
Pickles- the part no. for the ceiling mount Fahrenheat heater is 17303 from Northern Tool. It is now on sale for $199.00 at www.northerntool.com

GO 24
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posted January 03, 2003 03:35 PM  
Woodburners are okay if ya want to mess with cutting wood etc....(lumber yards are a great source, that's what I did also when I had a stove). I have a propane house furnace now thats alright but if I had my choice it would be a 20ft tube of radiant heat!

DMA Racing
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posted January 03, 2003 04:17 PM  
Go24,what is a 20'tube of radient heat?

John Bottoms
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posted January 05, 2003 03:49 PM  
We use a Reddy Heat 115,000 BTU "salimander" heater. It burns about 1 gallon of kerosene an hour but you dont need to run it long. In about 10 minutes it has our 40ft by 40ft shop in t-shirt temp. We use about 3 gallons a day.

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