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post #1 of 7 Old 01-08-2011, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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I have a fairly large unfinished shop with no heat. Radiant heaters seem to be the only option. I am thinking of a couple of vertical free standing heaters that I can move around to work areas. Does anyone else use them, and do you have any good sources?

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I think you would be better served to go with horozontal units hung above the work areas, or at least one horozontal unit hung above your main work area. Radiant heat heats the objects in the space and not the air and I think that you would have to be fairly close to a verticle unit (if it isn't fan assisted) to feel the effects.
What ever you decide the best thing you could do is to insulate the shop. Even getting just poly on the ceiling will help keep the heat in.

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Rick,

I'm also here in Minnesota, just past our first year. My shop is one of the stalls in our three car garage. It's finished, except for the ceiling which does have poly sheeting. Where is your shop and how are you heating it in this Minnesota cold?

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Kinda hard to offer info without an idea of what "fairly large" is. Unfinished means...? Ceiling height?
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mn pete, I'm about an hour north west of you up 169. I actually framed a wall down the middle of my garage (1/2 for my shop the rest for my wife). Walls and ceiling are all sheeted and insulated. Due to only an 8 foot ceiling height I use electric base board heaters.

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Thanks all. The shop is Near Littlerock WA. It's about 30 X 50 three-bay with a 10 foot ceiling. Open rafters. Concrete floor. Pete & Rick, thanks for reinforcing my thoughts on poly for the ceiling. I was trying to think of low-budget options. Heating the air space would be the definition of insanity!

Overhead radiant heat I think would be best. I do have two primary work areas. And, maybe one floor unit to move around.

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When you poly your ceiling be certain to use reinforced poly if it is not going to be sheeted for a while. When installing the poly it will also help to use little squares of cardboard as "washers" to help the staples not tear through the poly.

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