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#16 KaneH

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 04:34 PM

If you're garage isn't that well insulated an infrared heater would be worth a consideration. Only problem is it needs to be directed at you so something portable would be best.

#17 ClassicAsh

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 01:08 PM

I have four infrared heaters is my garage, the ones that wall mount, have them on all four walls, if its really cold I put all four on for half and hour to warm the place up (they warm objects rather than the air) then I usually just leave two on and it keeps me warm enough, also have a mobile infrared heather that's good if you are working in one spot, they also work great for drying paint etc.



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 01:54 PM

I was looking at heaters also, but I have noticed that I get enough heat to work, from 2 halogen flood lights. 



#19 Ben_O

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:53 PM

In my old house, I had a large radiator in the garage linked up to the central heating. That didn't really make much difference to the heating bills and warmed things up nicely although not quickly so had to be put on for a while before I went out.

 

My preference would be a fan heater. You won't need any more than a 3kw heater which would heat a domestic garage quickly and thoroughly. They are not hugely expensive to run especially if it's just for a few hours at a time however, I would advise against using one on an extension lead but if you must, make sure it is fully unwound and the cable spread out.

 

I have just installed a 30kw warehouse heater in my workshop and that is very very good however costs around £25 for 6 hours of use...



#20 rkde

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:45 PM

In my double garage I am using a 3kw electric heater, it does take 20 mins for the place to become OK and an hour before it is topical. I found with the gas and diesel heaters I would have a mild asthma session the whole night after working in the garage so decided to use clean electric. 

In one of my single garages I use as a work shop I have a little electric heater and a small log burner

 

I have often thought about a webasto heater outside of the garage and then plumb it into a radiator and then just feed it waste oil which would keep me warm and the fumes outside 



#21 Avtovaz

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:11 PM

if you use any of the oil burner types, you may have to inform your house insurance. Also with those, and gas space heaters you ahve to watch for condencation. I asked the same questions before christmas on the rally forum, and the best answer i got was this

 

oil radiator

 

You can set the timer for it to come if you know your going to be in the garage at a certain time. It has 3 settings, and also a eco setting. I dont exactly know the price of it to run, but our garage is 2.5 minis long, and you cant quite open the door fully if its parked hard up tot eh wall. Its 2.5 meters high. Over chrismas on the coldest day here, i was working in my t-shirt, and had to trun it down...

 

HTH



#22 phillrulz

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 01:06 AM

+1 for infared heaters. They heat what the light hits vs heating the air. Giving you a hot air bubble around yourself, A no not the hot air bubble that smells! 



#23 spraybeater

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 12:39 PM

I remember having a proper Old oil burning heater years ago at the time we

were servicing a fair amount of vehicles and generated a lot of old oil it

burned about 8gallons a day the downside was cleaning it out (messy)

we also used a Salamander paraffin heater(now banned I believe) had all

types of heaters over the years, now I run a low power electric heater 24/7

during the winter and a oil filled radiator when working in the garage, I am

lucky when the sun shines , its on the metal door all day.



#24 Northernpower

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 01:27 PM

I remember having a proper Old oil burning heater years ago at the time we
were servicing a fair amount of vehicles and generated a lot of old oil it
burned about 8gallons a day the downside was cleaning it out (messy)
we also used a Salamander paraffin heater(now banned I believe) had all
types of heaters over the years, now I run a low power electric heater 24/7
during the winter and a oil filled radiator when working in the garage, I am
lucky when the sun shines , its on the metal door all day.

We had a Salamander, we bought meat pies and used to sit them on the lid to heat them up. One day one of the lads drained a fuel tank into the churn we used to fill the salamander with and left it there overnight. The following morning the apprentice topped it off with paraffin and filled up the Salamander. When it was lit it just went off like a bomb. The result was like a scene from a cartoon with the mechanic who'd lit it with missing eyebrows, burnt hair and a black face. Good old days




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