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Garage Heating Options

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Chaince is doing an engine swap in an uninsulated Garage...IN IOWA! He's using an electric space heater, and that won't be sufficient at all in the winter months here in the Northern tier of US. I discuss a multitude of heating options that don't require a Natural Gas line running to the detached, uninsulated garage. [email protected]
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Mark Fox (11 months ago)
Hey Rob got to say thanks for this video, I couldn't stand it and longer and went out and got me a Dyna-Glo kerosene convection heater today and you video really helped me decide what I wanted. What a difference! It's now 70 in my shop verses 52 with the electric on full blast. Now I have the electric heater turned off and will only use it to keep it from freezing out here. Tractor Supply had the unit on "managers special" for $90, really happy with the unit, no odor of kerosene at all.
Juan Hinojosa (1 year ago)
I have a heater similar to that Remington, mine is acting up the same way.
Juan Hinojosa (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches cool I’ll watch it
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Take a look at my follow up video and what I found. I think that additives in the Diesel got caught in the fuel pump. Once I cleared that up, it would run. It had bogged down the fuel pump. https://youtu.be/288iJ94MN9Q
Juan Hinojosa (1 year ago)
I’ll definitely check that out I haven’t used that heater for two seasons but it worked good so hopefully I’ll get it going.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Hey Juan, these heaters are all the same. I would recommend allpartsinc.com for replacement parts. They are priced right, and have downloadable manuals for your heater. I found that my fuel pump was out of clearance and the filters were choked out with carbon after 16 years. I'm sure that your heater just needs a tune up, like mine did, and any parts you need are available from there.
ZoKustomz454 (1 year ago)
Good update I had one of the 60000 btu Remington. I still have my all pro 50k to 85k btu propane as a backup
ZoKustomz454 (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches https://youtu.be/aK9eTzg-Dws that’s why I went electric cause those small tank don’t last long
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
ZoCustom250 That's a good back up plan. I never went with Propane, I thought that I would use so much that the tanks would be too expensive.
Brrrr it’s cold here on AZ, I need a heater! Nice video Rob.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
I gotcha. I drilled at Ft. Sheridan prior to retirement. Went to Great Lakes Naval Base for business, etc. I know the area pretty well. Da Bears....still suck. LOL
Rob's Wrenches Zion, IL. Used to go to Kenosha all the time. Used to be a Bears fan back then.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
No kidding? Bears or Packers? LOL Lake County or Kenosha County? It's a small world and I know that you DONT miss these winters. LOL
Rob's Wrenches About 1,000 feet elevation. But believe it or not it does get cold here. Not Minnesota or Wisconsin cold, but it gets cold. I grew up on border of Illinois and Wisconsin and I don't miss that kind of cold lol.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Big Dog50001 Automotive Thanks Dave. Are you up in elevation or does it just get cold there at night?
vegasdavetv (1 year ago)
the last bottle exchange I did, the threads on top of the bottle had just enough wear or damage to leak. glad I caught it before lighting. lol
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
vegasdavetv That's a close call there. That's one of the biggest drawbacks of exchanging tanks too. You don't have much control over the condition of the tank.
vegasdavetv (1 year ago)
good video Rob. ouch, Vegas to Iowa. went to college in Iowa in mid 80's. brutal winters.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
vegasdavetv Yes they are Dave, and you've lived in both City and State. You have first hand experience. 😄
fuzzy wuzzy (1 year ago)
U ever hear of a pellet stove? I use one as my main source of heat ( depending on propane prices I use the pellet stove or my boiler whatever one's cheaper to run at the time). Any way the one in the house heats 1500 square feet 35000btu .and thats a small one. Whenever i get around to buying a bigger one for the house thus ones goin in the garage. They put out alot of heat and no flames out in the open and running full tilt booge a bag lasts 8 hours. Soo 35000btu for 8 hours at 3-5 dollars a bag its not a bad way to heat. They are however pricey to buy new but for a garage a used one will be fine
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
fuzzy wuzzy I have heard of them. Yeah, the biggest cost is buying the stove and installation but the pellets are where you save big.
Chaos Garage (1 year ago)
I've got a propane heater like that Remington that I'm looking forward to using this year. In the past I've used a propane patio heater. I'm also trying to score some barrels to possibly make a wood burning heater. My shop is huge to heat so I'm good if I can just knock the chill off! Also I get my tanks filled at Tractor Supply...it's a lot cheaper than exchanging tanks.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Chaos Garage $7! Wow, I wish we had one here. I would buy 40lb tanks, no problem.
Chaos Garage (1 year ago)
Yup the one I have has that cymbal style hat and works great in the shop. I wanna say it costs me about $7 to fill a 20lb tank at Tractor Supply. Plus they fill it all the way up...the tanks you exchange for are usually only 3/4 full.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
I did have a Patio heater and I thought it was busted. I got rid of it and THEN found out that they have a tip over switch too. I'm kicking myself in the ass now. That thing put out great heat from above, plus the cymbal style hat radiated the heat really well. I want to buy a 40lb tank, but UHaul is too expensive to fill tanks. All of the gas companies are far out from me. I'll have to look further into it.
roger oconnor (1 year ago)
i have a oil fired hot air furnace that i purchased from someone converting to gas. 90,000 btu,s in my uninsulated garage = me in a t shirt all winter long. i highly reccomend this,i pent years suffering with propane and kerosene. i run it on diesel fuel in a 15 gallon drum which can last more than a week depending on outside temp
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
I thought about channeling some duct work up to ceiling level, though I don't have a ceiling in the garage, and aim the torpedo through it. LOL
roger oconnor (1 year ago)
i have a downdraft setup that originally was installed in the attic of the house,so i have it in the loft of my garage with a duct blowing down. it takes up no floor space except for the tank and has 3 built in safeties..
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
roger oconnor Man! That sounds like Corona on the beach Roger. I'd love to see that setup.👍
12 Motos (1 year ago)
I called you in Facebook chat but I think you did not see it. Do you have watsap?
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
No, I don't have watsap. My wife told me that a lot of people were giving me well wishes for my birthday, while I was at work. It's good to hear from you.
12 Motos (1 year ago)
Hello my friend ! here is André do Brasil.
Chaince (1 year ago)
Lmfao..a whole video for me and my space heater..thats my next purchase rob thanks for showing me the different types of heaters
Chaince (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches good look
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
LOL. It was a good, timely idea for a video, AND it let's the community know that you're out here.
TheToolReview (1 year ago)
I use a diesel torpedo heater, which also works for unfreezing water lines.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Yes they are Ray. I've had to do it once, and thank goodness it was only once. LOL
Catloco's Garage (1 year ago)
"I don't smoke in the house....Anymore"...lol Dramatic pause. I just bought a lil heater last week for the garage. Its cold af now. Nice video timing man.
chris jones (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches I need 220 to, welder no likey 110 lol
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
If I had 220 out here, I'd install one like Zo just did. What kind of heater did you get?
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Something that I forgot to mention was to use a box fan to circulate the heat. If you don't have rafters, hang it as high as you can to move the heated air around, and not just heating the air above you. WalMart has Propane for $14.29 on a rollback. I don't know how long it'll be for, but I usually pay $17.89 per exchange. That's the best deal in Milwaukee that I know of!
Trent Wheeler (9 months ago)
Rob's Wrenches What would you recommend as far as a new Kerosene/ diesel forced air heater? I have an old classic 55k BTU reddy heater, but have interest in getting something new and bigger. Mines old and reliable, but I keep reading dozens of issues with Master, Mr Heater, and dynaglow brands. Thanks for yoyr time as always.
Matt Nixon (1 year ago)
My house had boiler heat in it when we bought it. Brand new boiler setup but instead of radiators in each room all we had was 2 inch cast iron pipe running around all the rooms at a surface temperature of 270 degrees. Talk about a instant burn. I upgraded to force air I our second year in.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
That's absolutely fascinating.
Matt Nixon (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches My house is balloned framed on a crawl space. I literally had tree stumps as part of my foundation from what I understand that is really common in my area. The stuff I seen remodelling this house has been crazy. I peeled the shag carpet in 1 room and found the entire article of the Kennedy assignation from the local news paper. I had a old aluminum grave marker come out of one wall as well.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Wow! I have a buddy who's house was built in the early 1800s. There are rough hewn beams holding up the joists in the basement. THAT was amazing to see.
Matt Nixon (1 year ago)
My house was built in 1890 I even found a cistern under the kitchen floor.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Wow, that's extremely hot for a bare pipe. There were no type of guards or fins around the pipe? I've never seen that type of setup, not even commercially. My wife want's forced air, just to get Central air for the Summer. She'd freeze me out of the house. LOL
Matt Nixon (1 year ago)
The propane heaters are good but put out a lot of moisture however they heat in a hurry. You should build a double barrel wood stove that would keep the garage heated with minimal effort once the initial cold is knocked off.
Matt Nixon (1 year ago)
You gotta keep the boss lady happy.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
I toyed with the idea. I did quite a few videos on them, some years back. My wife is asthmatic and sensitive to smoke. A stove pipe would be about 20ft from our bedroom balcony and I could hear her complaints in my head, from me just thinking about a wood burning stove. LOL
ACguy 1948 (1 year ago)
Lol I just bought a electric Lasko ceramic heater for out in the shed it seems like it can keep it around 50 inside while it is around 30s outside which works for me. I was debating on buying a torpedo heater but I was not too sure on how much that would cost me to keep fuel in it. Also flames in my shed are a slight worry to me the venting might also be a issue my shed is not insulated (yet if I stay here long enough that will be changed. I am wanting to pay off this house sell it and move to the country and get some big sheds.) but it is not that old I think it was built in 01 so there is not really many air gaps. I would have to put a vent in. Really good video you did a good job explaining them and how well they work. :)
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Thanks AC, I'd love to move to a place with a large lot and I fantasize about a garage with an apartment above it for a Man Cave. Man, that would be sweet!
H&H country (1 year ago)
good options rob i love my wood stove it heats great a lil messy and lil bit of work but keeps me in shape lol
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
I'd love to have either a cast iron wood stove or a Army Surplus Yukon stove. Yukons will burn wood or multiple fuels like a torpedo. I can still remember as a child, my grandmother and other relatives cooking on wood burning stoves.
BEARDED YAKIN (1 year ago)
Great video bro. My propane bottle top heater should do my garage pretty good
BEARDED YAKIN (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches... With all them heaters you don't need to insulate
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
I've put off insulating this garage for years. I need to get up off my butt and make it happen. LOL A drop ceiling would help me out too.
BEARDED YAKIN (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches.. my heater did my shed on low really well.. my garage is insulated so if I put it on low it should do fine.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
I think the top heaters are sufficient for your garage space Joe, as far as I can judge from your videos. I have two, and I place them in opposite corners of the garage. They manage to keep up, even on the coldest days, but then I have them on High and I get about two and a half days out of them.
Bearded Seabee82 (1 year ago)
Oh wow, he is in for bit of shock, was 60 thursday here in iowa, 30 deg yesterday lolol. Good heater collection and perfect timing
Bearded Seabee 82 (1 year ago)
Chaince menards for sure, farm and fleet or theisens if in eastern iowa, fleet farm or bomgaars if around the des moines area.
Chaince (1 year ago)
Yea i guess i am. I plan on getting a big heater
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Bearded Seabee82 No doubt about it Bearded. I couldn't do without em.
chris jones (1 year ago)
My next purchase for sure. Baby space heater don't heat the new garage. What's ur recommendation for best heat on a budget
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Menard's has the Remington/Mr. Heater 45K BTU for $129 as the online price right now. 70K is $150. http://tinyurl.com/y8jz57z4 You can check Craigslist, Facebook, Google, etc., to try to find one for less. Also, be mindful that they are relatively loud. That's why I use it to raise the temp, and then quiet heat to maintain the heat.
chris jones (1 year ago)
Rob's Wrenches thanks brother I'll look into that torpedo heater, I know my dad used to have one guess I'll have to see if it's still around if not do u know a good place to buy one? Garage was 36 this am and I'm not working in that for unpaid projects lol or even video or football games
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
chris jones I'd recommend using a torpedo burning diesel, and then one of the smaller heaters closer to you. Kerosene is the most expensive, but the convection heat is the best way to maintain a steady temperature at a comfortable level.
Great video thanks my friend. Lots of good info for everyone. I don't know how mine is going to do yet this winter I put in a exhaust fan. I have a old concrete garage two car. I can't get a car in it but I have it. I will eventually be able to get one vehicle in just got to get some summer projects done and out. I have plenty of heat I just hope I can regulate the exhaust fan enough to keep the heat inside. Thanks again for the video keep up the great work my friend
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Scott Pearson Thanks Scott. I wish mine were concrete or cinder block. That would be awesome. ☺
Bruce L. (1 year ago)
Rob, I don't know about the legalities in your area but have you ever considered a wood stove? Not really legal here but I know a few people that use them anyway and they work great. Nice heat. It's funny that you did this video now. I had a friend over last weekend and he reminded me of how thirty years ago we used to change transmissions, engines and do all of our work outside in the snow in -30c all winter with a bunch of cheap Chinese sockets and junk wrenches. Now we take kinda take it for granted that I have a 24X29 heated garage with 10' ceiling and more than enough tools and still want more. He still has no garage but lives in a half million dollar highrise condo and drives a Porsche. I'll keep my garage and drive my Hyundai lol.
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
We even used to heat the home with those at my Grandmother's house. LOL
J Sterinschy (1 year ago)
Darn regulations. Surplus railroad creosote timbers were what we threw in the burner. Good times
Rob's Wrenches (1 year ago)
Bruce L. I don't know what the local Codes are for wood stoves. I don't think there are any issues with it. Propane is another story, other than the tanks for personal use, I can't put a 100 gallon tank in the yard to heat the garage. I wish they I could find a Yukon stove or two. I used to love those stoves during Winter Field Exercises.

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