BTU's vs Sq ft Garage heat

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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 Wall thickness?  Insulation?  Insulated overhead doors?

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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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 Wall thickness?  Insulation?  Insulated overhead doors?

2x6, blown in, yes.

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 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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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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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.

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propane tank and mr heater

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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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propane tank and mr heater

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

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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 Home of Econ?

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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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 Home of Econ?

No dice...nothing of that size.

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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.

It will be propane, I might even go to an 80 or 90k just in case. That is if I can find one...finding things in the Minot area has proven to be a tough task...a very tough task.

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You can try Grainger or MSCdirect.com if you don't mind ordering one. I've purchased two units in the last few years 150btu and 250btu from a guy out of Cavalier. Each one was purchased and installed for under 3k. He may be able to ship you something. NorthStar Coop, Ron Ritteman, 701-265-4211. If you can't get a hold of him ask for his cell number.

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You can try Grainger or MSCdirect.com if you don't mind ordering one. I've purchased two units in the last few years 150btu and 250btu from a guy out of Cavalier. Each one was purchased and installed for under 3k. He may be able to ship you something. NorthStar Coop, Ron Ritteman, 701-265-4211. If you can't get a hold of him ask for his cell number.

I'll check into this, thank you.

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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.

It will be propane, I might even go to an 80 or 90k just in case. That is if I can find one...finding things in the Minot area has proven to be a tough task...a very tough task.

Perhaps your propane supplier could get you something?  Given running on propane my assumption is you're somewhat rural.  Anything available through any sort of rural electric co-op?

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I had a hanging Natural gas 110,000 btu in a 26x30 garage. Its kind of like building the garage itself, you will always wish you went bigger. Dont skimp. I could bring my garage from 40 to 85 degrees in a matter of minutes. Great for a man cave,getaway. I done all my reloading and deer processing out there. Plus had a fridge,cable tv,dartboard, and work bench. But BE CAREFUL, soon your significant other will try to take it over as her own. RESIST. Good luck.

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I had a hanging Natural gas 110,000 btu in a 26x30 garage. Its kind of like building the garage itself, you will always wish you went bigger. Dont skimp. I could bring my garage from 40 to 85 degrees in a matter of minutes. Great for a man cave,getaway. I done all my reloading and deer processing out there. Plus had a fridge,cable tv,dartboard, and work bench. But BE CAREFUL, soon your significant other will try to take it over as her own. RESIST. Good luck.

 good call, in my old house I had that, now to get away I have to go out to the farm.

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I had a hanging Natural gas 110,000 btu in a 26x30 garage. Its kind of like building the garage itself, you will always wish you went bigger. Dont skimp. I could bring my garage from 40 to 85 degrees in a matter of minutes. Great for a man cave,getaway. I done all my reloading and deer processing out there. Plus had a fridge,cable tv,dartboard, and work bench. But BE CAREFUL, soon your significant other will try to take it over as her own. RESIST. Good luck.

Start bringing your hunting stuff back into the house and putting it in her closet.

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It was said once already.  Northern Tool has the Mr. Heater line and they will ship do your door for about a 40% savings over Reznor for the same thing.  Go with the 75K it is $499 and will show up in like 3 days.  My has worked flawlessly for 4 years now.

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I had a hanging Natural gas 110,000 btu in a 26x30 garage. Its kind of like building the garage itself, you will always wish you went bigger. Dont skimp. I could bring my garage from 40 to 85 degrees in a matter of minutes. Great for a man cave,getaway. I done all my reloading and deer processing out there. Plus had a fridge,cable tv,dartboard, and work bench. But BE CAREFUL, soon your significant other will try to take it over as her own. RESIST. Good luck.

Holy hell! That's some BTU's!!! My gargage is 30x40 and it will be used as my hang out/cutting/reloading/peace and quite time. No worries about the misses, she hunts too.

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