Shop or Garage Heater
If you work in your shop or garage
during the cold weather months you probably need a
shop or garage heater. If you use the shop or
garage during the winter for working on projects
you need it to be comfortable. During the summer
you don’t have to be concerned about your comfort
level but during the cold season you might find
some difficulties in continuing your projects
because of the low temperature, making a shop
You can find many ways to warm up your shop or
garage. There are many kinds of heaters designed
specifically for outdoor and shop or garage use.
However, some are better than others.
Kerosene heaters are quite efficient and easy to
work with. They are easy to turn on as most of them
have an electric start device. Most of them have a
thermostat to regulate the temperature.
Unfortunately a kerosene heater may not be a good
choice because the kerosene odor is quite noxious
for a lot of people. The odor is also quite
dangerous for children. If they have access to the
workspace you may need to ventilate it.
A better choice for a shop or garage heater is a
gas heater. The portable propane heater does not
require a professional to install it.
Gas heaters are less expensive than kerosene
heaters and are less cumbersome to operate. There
are many different models to choose from to suit
your needs. The primary advantage of a gas heater
is that it can create a consistently warm
Gas heaters are available with both manual and
thermostatic controls. The preferred model is one
with a thermostat. For normal operation the only
thing that you have to do is to set the thermostat
on a desired temperature setting and the heater
will maintain that selected temperature. There are
two types of gas heaters, vented and vent-less.
The vent-less uses air from work space and
the vented model vents directly outside the work
space. I recommend the vented type heater as it
does not deplete the oxygen in the work space. The
vent-less heaters uses the oxygen in the work space
therefore you must keep the work space vented at
The biggest advantage of both types of gas heaters
is that they have a low operational cost as
compared to kerosene or electric heaters.
The fuel tank on a kerosene
heater needs to be refilled periodically which can
be a messy if not a dangerous task. Considering all
the pros and cons, the best choice for a workshop
or garage heater is a gas heater.
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