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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default heater question/opinions needed

I am looking get a heater for the garage,its a 2 1/2 car garage non insulated.

I am not looking to make it turn in to a sauna,but keep it warm while I am out there.

So my question is what is the better choice a Torpedo style or a round style.

Also whats better Kerosene or Propane.

From what I have read I am leaning towards a round propane (can style heater), as propane is something I can use for the grill in the summer, but Im not sure about the whole fume issue since its going to be in a garage and Im leaning away from the torpedo style since they are loud and unless I get a thermostat,they are always on.

This is Why I am asking you fine folks


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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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Had a Can-style Propane, unless you have a big propane tank it's not worth it. I had a 30# but would eat through that crazy quick. It was quiet though, but was a hot surface all the time, and i melted a few things on it

Torpedo, I currently have 2, one is 25+ years old and after changing spark plug and all the air lines it is back to perfection, also have a newer one. purchased last year.

The new one is a 55K/70k btu (has a hi low switch). Runs on kerosene or diesel, almost no smell. I can put it on high and get my 2 car uninsulated garage from 20 to 70 rather quickly. I can run it for a bit and work in a t-shirt.
Will usually run it for like 20 minutes before i go out there, and then go out and when it's t-shirt warm i'll turn it off, and then i can pretty much cycle it like 20 minutes on 30 minutes off or so and stay nice and toasty.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:42 AM   #3
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Is the garage attached? If yes, why not look into a proper garage heat source fed from the house (probably natural gas fed garage furnace?)

Why not at least insulate it if you're going to do a lot of winter work out there?

my garage is drywalled, attached - the ceiling is drywalled, and uninsulated. I don't believe that there is insulation under the exterior walls' drywall because the builder was THAT cheap.

that being said, the garage stays warm enough that anything stored adjacent to any of the common walls never freezes, ice/snow that may have accumulated on the cars during the commute always melt off over night, and I get by with a simple 20lb propane bottle-top single burner unit that was something like $24.95 at home depot for the very rare times I am forced to do anything more than put washer fluid in the car during winter months.

Hopefully I didn't just jynx myself and have to do something more serious before warmer weather...
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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I had a can style and it worked awesome but it was a PITA always adjusting the burner. I would go through a 20# tank in a weekend.

If you can afford it, spend the money on an overhead NG heater.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:51 AM   #5
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I have a 2 1/2 car garage as well. The walls are insulated and dry walled but the ceiling is open. I picked up a 70000 btu torpedo heater on Craigslist last fall for cheap. It needed new fuel lines but anyhow it keeps the garage warm and gets it warm in about 20 minutes on a really cold day. I did get one with a thermostat on it and keep it about 60 goes thru 6 gals of diesel in about 3-4 days if I use it all day.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 11:07 AM   #6
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I have a torpedo style propane heater that doesn't get used much because it sounds like a jet engine in my garage. It does heat pretty well though. I also have a cheapo 2 burner unit that clamps onto a propane bottle. It is quite and keeps my attached 2 car garage fairly warm. That garage is half buried and drywalled with a ceiling so it is pretty easy to keep warm.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 11:43 AM   #7
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I would suggest multifuel torpedo style also that way you can burn offroad diesel alot cheaper than kerosene. We use the can style propane at work in the winter even with a 100lb tank only lasts 2 or 3 days. Another thought is a ventless propane heater I use one in my barn along with a hanging style garage heater.
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