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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by four_by_ken, Oct 25, 2001.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    I am going to get a jet type garage heater today or tomorrow... what BTU are you guys using?

    I have a 2 1/2 car garage.

    I am thinkg 50,000.

    Trust me guys, if you live in MI you would get one too. Hands stuck frozen to tools is not cool.

    Ken H.

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    That is a good one for a medium sized shop.


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    I have a dayton 35,000 btu unit and it does the job if given a little time to run before gettin started. Buy a propane unit unless you like the smell of kerosene residue, it will permiate everything in your garage.

    My $0.02,

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    I am using a radiant heat kerosene right now. And with an attached garage it sucks. Fumes get into the house if I have it going to a long time. Already have a 40lb propane tank I am going to use.

    I am going to get a 50,000-80,000 adjustable I think. Becuase I am about ready to paint my Suburban. So, I can use it ar 50k for working on the trucks. Then crank up to 80k for a couple hours before I paint. Then turn it off to paint. Then after the fumes are gone crank it up to 80k again to help the paint dry. Paint doenst dry in 30-50 degree weather very good. :-)

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    Do you have natural gas at your location? If so MAN get a ventless wall mounted gas heater. I have a 35,000 for a 2 car and it kicks a$$. No fumes. Just go out and turn it on. Come back in 15 minutes and its right toasty!!!!

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    Or, you could move to Phoenix. Of course, it does get cold here too. Why, just this morning I was thinking about breaking out the long sleeved shirts and long pants. Sheesh, it's already down in the 60s for lows at night! Brrrrr. Maybe I should check my pilot light for tonight... [​IMG]

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    Rather go the cheaper route with a smaller space heater.

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    The ventless gas heaters are cheap. You can get them at Lowes or Home Depot for around 150, just depending on the size and you never have to go to the store or call anyone for a refill.

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    But, then I need to vent it, and then it wont be portable and then I Would have to run a gas line to the garage.

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    I use a 35K BTU propane heater. It definately heats up the garage nicely. Only have a single garage though. It gets too hot in there sometimes though.
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    Besides that radiant heaters (natural gas type) are quiet. Those jet types are loud.

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    Like my air compressor and tools arent loud. And like my radio isnt loud either. :-)
    They are not that loud. I have used them before in a larger shop area.

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    Yeah I agree there are other loud things in a garage. But when I had a jet heater and the thermostat would kick it off, I would realize I really hated that constant noise. Just my opinion. Kinda like when the neighbor is mowing his lawn. When he finally gets done, it is a relief.

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    NO VENTING on a "VENTLESS" gas heater. Hense the name VENTLESS gas heater.

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    They are used inside houses all the time. We had one in our house when I was growing up. That damn thing would run you out of the house.

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    Hehe... oops... missed the ventless part.

    Ken H.


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    I use a Reddy Heater, I believe 115,000 BTU. Big one with wheels on it, holds around 10-11 gallons of Kerosene. Yeah, its loud and it smells, but you don't have to leave it on for very long. Pretty easy to get the garage (3 car) to around 90°.

    If you're just working in one area, or trying to hold the temperature up, then the radiant type propane ones work well, but in my experience they aren't very good at warming up a large area.

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    That is the size I have in my 2 1/2 and it works great. I use to have a large 80000 and I could only run it for a couple minuets or It would get sub tropical like in the garage.


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    MORE POWER! (Make Tool-Man Grunt)
    We got a 350,000 BTU Shenadoah waste-oil heater.

    Actually its for my uncle's shop, which is huge. We just got the thing all recondition with tons of new parts for $2,500. We've figured that will need 3,000 gallons of waste oil to keep heat going around the clock all winter. He's been stock piling and now has 2,500 gallons I think. Its about ready to run now and I'm interested as hell to see how it works. I've been trying to order this 2 foot sticker thats says "Binford 6100" for it. Some German fan site for home-improvement has them, but I dont have 30 euros though (have no clue how much that is). A small waste oil heater would be cheap to run if you could get the oil.

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    30 Euros is about $28. Don't feel too bad, no one else has 30 Euros, either. They don't enter circualtion until Jan 1, 2002.

    Pete

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