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Old 10-17-2006, 01:48 AM
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Default Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

Looking for ideas on how to heat & possibly cool our shop...what'd y'all go with? Any regrets, or pleasant surprises??
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:33 AM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

Im doing the same thing. Checked around and the best is radiant heat with hot water tubes in the slab .Higher initial cost to instaLL but better overall heat and warm cement floors.Cheaper over the long haul. The down side is in a forced hot air system you can use the same ducts for the AC system if you want it,but i dont think ac is as important as heat[at least not where i am!]..Can always run the AC separate.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:38 AM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

We've already missed the boat on that option, if ya get my drift! LOL!!
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:13 AM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

I use a hotdawg forced air natural gas heater in my insulated 24x30 shop w/o any problems. I believe that it's 45,000 btu.I keep the shop at 60 degrees when I am not out there and can get it to 75 in about 15 to 20 minutes if I want.I used r-19 in the ceiling and r-13 in the walls and sheetrocked over it all so it's really pretty tight. Heater comes in many different sizes,mounts on the ceiling and cost me avout 450.00 with shipping.
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:00 AM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

I had a very similar set up in my old gargage...it`s a vertical wall unit at is only 17" wide and 5 feet tall...made to fit between the the standard wall studs...vents out the rear. 45,000 btu... worked great. I bought mine from Grainger Supply.

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Old 10-17-2006, 04:18 AM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

I put a home furnace in my barn and its only 24x25...one thing you must keep in mind rob....if you are going to be working with fuel in there in the winter...you must double vent that sucker...intake air has to come from outside or you can make a nice kaboom.
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:22 AM
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I put a home furnace in my barn and its only 24x25...one thing you must keep in mind rob....if you are going to be working with fuel in there in the winter...you must double vent that sucker...intake air has to come from outside or you can make a nice kaboom.

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Old 10-17-2006, 06:55 AM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

We went with tube/radiant system. I'm very happy with it. No dust blowing around, very even from floor to celling, and you loose very little heat even if you open the overhead door. I think the in floor, hot water is probably the best, but this was what I could afford. Belair's right. Put in outside air draws. Takes the worry out of fumes.
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Old 10-17-2006, 06:00 PM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

My car barn is 50'x100'. I started out just wanting heat to keep moisture away in the winter. The cost of radiant heat was too high so I decided to do a gas furnace. Alot of the cost is in the ducting etc so for a little bit more I just went with a combo heat/ac unit. I put in a 5 ton unit. In the summer it would run the ac all day and still not cool it so I added a second 5 ton unit. I have the building sealed up pretty tight with a outside air intake that filters the outside air. The fan is always on low and pulling just enough outside air in to pressurize the building to keep the dirt out.
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Old 10-17-2006, 07:00 PM
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Default Re: Shop/garage heating & cooling: what'd you go with?

Clill: ours is almost the same size, 60x100...is your ac/heat unit overhead, or standard fare house furnace? I see your ducting overhead, which is basically what *I* have in mind...but when we've asked some local "contractors", some say waste oil, some say propane overhead, yada yada...I'm doing a ground source system just across the field for our new house, and I was originally gonna tie the 2 places together and share part of the lines since we have to have so many hundred feet of them anyway, but noone here seemed to have a clue if it was possible or not...?
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