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Old October 6th, 2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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Well I'm tired of freezing my arse off in the garage. And that damn un-reliable torpedo heater just isnt cuttin it any more. I was considering the idea of using two of these electric style heaters, just for the simple fact of not having to run the gas line to the house, and cut holes in my new roof for the chimney. The garage is roughly 950 sq. ft. And is insulated very well.

Does anyone have any experience with these style heaters. I know I would probably have a much more reliable heat source with a natural gas style furnace. But I could have these hard wired in and working in a day. What do you heating and cooling guys think?
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Old October 6th, 2009, 07:23 PM   #2
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For a unit heater, and not having to run gas, that's not a bad idea. If you aren't running it all the time, I'd say go for it.

I would definitely relocate the T-stat from the unit to another spot though.
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Old October 6th, 2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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What about a pot belly stove? We had that in our set up with a small hole cut in the wall. Throw a couple of logs in that bad boy before we started working and it would sweat you out.

Seems cheaper but it's not instant heat either. 7500watt seems like it would just suck the juice!!
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Old October 6th, 2009, 07:30 PM   #4
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I bought one of these as a supplemental heater a few years back. It actually works pretty good @ 4000 watts. I would think that one would work pretty good but at 950 square feet I agree you would need 2. 1500 watts would be pricey to run.

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Old October 6th, 2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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why not get a wood burner and not cost any money with gas or electric?
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Old October 6th, 2009, 07:34 PM   #6
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what about an oil furnace? Used motor oil can be had everywhere..CC had 400 gallons posted for free
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He doesn't want to deal with the venting issues. I think he has the right idea for occasional use.
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Not really interested in a wood stove. Would be to much of a process to get the fire started, when I get home from work. Besides by the time I got the fire going and had a few beers, I would probably just keep drinking and stare at the fire, and not get anything done

These wouldnt be on all the time. Just to keep the temp up. I can heat the shed pretty quick with the torpeado heater, and maintain it with the electric ones. Well thats what I'm thinkng.
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These wouldnt be on all the time. Just to keep the temp up. I can heat the shed pretty quick with the torpeado heater, and maintain it with the electric ones. Well thats what I'm thinkng.
That's similar to what I do. A portion of my garage is heated full time, the parking area is not but it's insulated. I put a fan in the doorway between & use the electric to help it out. I'm sure it's not the most efficient but for the occasional evening or Saturday, it works for now.
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whats wrong with the torpedo set up you have? not big enough? old? off brand? I run a reddy heater diesel/kerosen fired heater with out issues for well over 7 years now and I sand fiberglass and bottom paint with the thing all the time, we just hose the thing down when were done and let it dry before use the next day. think i picked mine up at lowes for like $225. I got the remote thermostat and couldn't have been happier in my 3 1/2 car garage back in MI would heat the garage up in about 10-15 minutes where i could work in a t-shirt and would kick on about every 30-45 minutes for about 2-3 minutes. wasn't a power hog, and I think it is a 155,000 btu unit.. I like to over size things
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whats wrong with the torpedo set up you have? not big enough? old? off brand? I run a reddy heater diesel/kerosen fired heater with out issues for well over 7 years now and I sand fiberglass and bottom paint with the thing all the time, we just hose the thing down when were done and let it dry before use the next day. think i picked mine up at lowes for like $225. I got the remote thermostat and couldn't have been happier in my 3 1/2 car garage back in MI would heat the garage up in about 10-15 minutes where i could work in a t-shirt and would kick on about every 30-45 minutes for about 2-3 minutes. wasn't a power hog, and I think it is a 155,000 btu unit.. I like to over size things
Ya, same deal here. I've have a 155,000 btu also, but its old and tired and has been plagued with issues. When its used on the thermostat it will not fire back up after it shuts off. Its not the switch, cause my freinds works fine with my thermostat. It works great when it is first plugged in, but after it gets hot and it is unpluged, the heater struggles to burn the fuel correctly, resulting in burning eyes, anger, and my blood pressure rising. Forcing me to drink more, and that never ends well
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Ya, same deal here. I've have a 155,000 btu also, but its old and tired and has been plagued with issues. When its used on the thermostat it will not fire back up after it shuts off. Its not the switch, cause my freinds works fine with my thermostat. It works great when it is first plugged in, but after it gets hot and it is unpluged, the heater struggles to burn the fuel correctly, resulting in burning eyes, anger, and my blood pressure rising. Forcing me to drink more, and that never ends well
I would just get a new one. Electric heaters will suck your wallet dry one bill at a time...trust me on this one, been there, done that, bought the electric company many T-Shirts!
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I would just get a new one. Electric heaters will suck your wallet dry one bill at a time...trust me on this one, been there, done that, bought the electric company many T-Shirts!
Ya I hear you about the meter go round.

You ever go in to the garage in the winter to just get away. I'm not married and I dont have any kids, so I get alot of quite time and it should be enough, but its not. When you have to listen to that damn heater blasting out that god awful sound for three hours it will make you go deaf. I've been heating all my garages with a torpeado heater, and I'm just tired of the noise they make. Its ok for a few minutes to warm it up, but good God man, makes me want to break things. And I'm a gentle man

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Old October 7th, 2009, 01:28 AM   #14
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I have a 150k Dayton in the pole barn. It makes noise when its on, but I never thought that it was anything unbearable. Its like the old-school Batmobile.

Buy another one. It'll probably be more pleasant than the last.
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I'd suggest a new torpedo as well. Used em for years and other than leaving a layer of oily film on everything they're hard to beat. The electric route would be way more expensive than you think I bet.
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If you dont want to hear the noise of a torpedo heater just get a few kerosene heaters. I heat my whole house with one of these and a smaller 10,600btu heater. These are the two I have.
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how old and what brand of torpedo are you using? yea its loud for a few but life goes on. as for the oily film whats up with that? what are you using or burning? I have never had that issue
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We just put this on craigslist... how about a hole in the side of your garage

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how old and what brand of torpedo are you using? yea its loud for a few but life goes on. as for the oily film whats up with that? what are you using or burning? I have never had that issue
Always used kerosene you buy in the jugs at a hardware store (WAY overpriced) or kerosene from some of the local gas stations that carry it in the winter. K-1 kerosene I believe its called at the gas stations? Ran it in a 60K BTU reddy heater for a few years. Is it not supposed to leave a slight oily residue on everything after a lot of use? Pretty sure I've heard of others complain of this as well.
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humm never ran K1 in ours. I normally use died non tax diesel did use JP5 when a customer oat need to get some pumped out at end of season... come to think of it we also have used 5 year old diesel with out issues.. well over 100 gallons of it.. i think our 155 btu one burns around a gallon an hour running full bore
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