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BTU's vs Sq ft Garage heat

by , Posted to on 10/06/2011 10:55 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/04/2007
Location: ND
Looking at picking up a heater for my new garage.  The garage is 1200 sq ft, I'm getting mixed results when looking at appropriate BTU's is 60,000 enough or should I go 75,000? I would like to keep it around 45-50 in the winter with the option to crank it to 60-65 while I'm working in there...whatcha think?

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by on 10/06/2011 11:08 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 Wall thickness?  Insulation?  Insulated overhead doors?

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by on 10/06/2011 11:10 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
It doesnt take much to keep a well insulated garage around 40 degrees. Where a larger heater comes in handy is when you wanna warm it up to room temp for a few hours so you can work out there. A larger heater will increase the heat a lot faster. Maintaining heat isnt really an issue. You could probably keep it at 40 degrees with a space heater on a thermostat.
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by on 10/06/2011 11:10 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/04/2007
Location: ND
Horsager Said:
 Wall thickness?  Insulation?  Insulated overhead doors?
2x6, blown in, yes.

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by on 10/06/2011 11:18 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 I keep 700sq. ft. (10' sidewalls, also 2x6 and blown in attic) plenty warm with about 34K BTU's.  2 5KW electric heaters opposed in corners with 2 ceiling fans.  The lowest setting on the thermostat will keep it about 58-60 degrees and runs $40-$60/mo in the winter.  FWIW, I don't open the overhead door much though.

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by on 10/06/2011 11:32 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/28/2005
Location: ND
as an electrician we size houses at 10 watts per sq ft for electric heat , garages can be adequate with 6-8 depends on your exact wants ,  they make nice 5000 watt hanging heaters 240 volt that are self sustained with fan an on board stats
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by on 10/06/2011 11:41 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
 
rossow Said:
as an electrician we size houses at 10 watts per sq ft for electric heat , garages can be adequate with 6-8 depends on your exact wants ,  they make nice 5000 watt hanging heaters 240 volt that are self sustained with fan an on board stats

That's what I've got x2.  Ran them into a contactor so I'm able to run them both off of one thermostat.

This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.


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by on 10/06/2011 11:43 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
propane tank and mr heater

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by on 10/06/2011 11:54 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
I put in a 5000 watt electric heater runs of 220 and keeps the double garage at 45* all winter, if I need to heat it up more I turn it up a few hours before I am going to work in it and it will get it upto a good 60+

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by on 10/06/2011 11:57 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
 
bowhunter_24 Said:
propane tank and mr heater

Yeah, if you want a headache or CO poisoning that'd about do it.

This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.


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by on 10/06/2011 12:48 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Horsager Said:
 
bowhunter_24 Said:
propane tank and mr heater

Yeah, if you want a headache or CO poisoning that'd about do it.
go to big J's rapist shed in the winter and you should wear a gas mask and goggles.


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by on 10/06/2011 1:12 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
 
bowhunter_24 Said:
Horsager Said:
 
bowhunter_24 Said:
propane tank and mr heater

Yeah, if you want a headache or CO poisoning that'd about do it.
go to big J's rapist shed in the winter and you should wear a gas mask and goggles.

I might have my own place to clean fish, cut up deer, etc sans the CO poisoning.

This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.


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by on 10/06/2011 2:28 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I would go with the 75,000 BTU not much more in price and you will notice the difference when you want to heat it up in a hurry. 
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by on 10/06/2011 6:10 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I use a counter flow propane furnace,60,000(the kind in trailer houses) in my 800 sq ft garage,not very well insulated,cut opening in the fron tnear the floor,with an ajustable door to direct the heat,and my floor stays fairly warm,keep it about 55 when working in there.
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by on 10/06/2011 8:46 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
60K BTU Reznor natural gas is a fine choice.  I would suggest leaving the garage at 45 degrees and just turn it to 60-65 when your ready for projects.  Should run $30-40 per month.

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by on 10/06/2011 9:04 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/08/2010
Location: MN
Just go with the 75,000  you will have no questions asked once installed and really not much more money and 35-45 dollars a month and warmer
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by on 10/06/2011 9:19 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
just build a fire ringin there that should do the trick the only downfall is cutting wood all wintert o keep up with it, oh and maybe a slight fire hazard.

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by on 10/12/2011 07:06 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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pointertuck Said:
Just go with the 75,000  you will have no questions asked once installed and really not much more money and 35-45 dollars a month and warmer


That's what I was thinking...now to find one. Menards in Minot is a cluster *^%$
Went in there to buy one the other day and there system said they had 5 in stock, yet he could not find any of them. I asked if they could order one, he said he couldnt until the system said they had 0...that place makes me want to wash my mouth out with a revolver!

LIFE...It's nature's way of keeping meat fresh!

If you want to sound wise, go to school. If you want to be wise....go to Nature!

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by on 10/12/2011 07:34 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
HNTDUX Said:
pointertuck Said:
Just go with the 75,000  you will have no questions asked once installed and really not much more money and 35-45 dollars a month and warmer


That's what I was thinking...now to find one. Menards in Minot is a cluster *^%$
Went in there to buy one the other day and there system said they had 5 in stock, yet he could not find any of them. I asked if they could order one, he said he couldnt until the system said they had 0...that place makes me want to wash my mouth out with a revolver!
Try looking at the Mr. Heaters at Northern Tool and Equipment, not sure if you get to Fargo much but you can go online and they usually have sales on them.  I've been very happy with mine, very quite and effecient. 

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by on 10/12/2011 08:14 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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 Home of Econ?

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by on 10/12/2011 08:36 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
1200 sf is a huge garage, that's bigger than most houses.  Don't mess with electric if you have natural gas or propane.  I have a 60K that heats my 600sf garage without hardly any noticeable cost.  I would go at least 75K.  I love mine and am able to turn my garage into a giant walk-in cooler in the winter if I have deer to hang, then crank it up to whatever I want in short order.  Just make sure you get a low temp thermostat.
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