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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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I bought one of those new fangled outdoor woodburner deals.

I want to heat my garage. I have limited wall, ceiling, and floor space. I have a small ass garage and its filled with shit.

I don't want to spend a shit ton of additional money.

Quick thoughts
1. See how feasible it would be just to run a heat duct out there from existing furnace. Advantages to this option is it's nice and simple if I can easily route something out there.

2. Some sort of radiant heat option where I could just run the warm water from the outdoor boiler through it.

3. Some sort of option like option 2 with a built in blower.

Option one seems cheapest, but probably least efficient.
Option two seems simplist, and I like the feel of radiant heat, but it will take up some space somewhere, though I have some options (under work bench for example I could clear some space)
Otion three would probably be the best option as far as efficiency and output, but costliest.

Anyone have a good source for a cheap old school cast iron radiator?

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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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search "unit heater" run hot water lines to it and bam done heat on demand
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I wanted to be a cheapass.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #5
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http://www.ocsind.com/cast-iron-radiators.php
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they can be found cheap honcho paid a 24 pack of bud light for his if i recall. they use them in older building with boiler heat, so they are all over the place
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I wanted to be a cheapass.
I know spring is taking its time...but what about just opening the door?
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I had a wood boiler at my old place and tried the cast iron radiator thing in my one car garage. No insulation in garage, and it got up to around 45 degrees or so inside.
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water from your boiler, radiator from a junkyard vehicle or something, put a fan behind it.....

it works.
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water from your boiler, radiator from a junkyard vehicle or something, put a fan behind it.....

it works.
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water from your boiler, radiator from a junkyard vehicle or something, put a fan behind it.....

it works.
This ^

I know of several guys with old used school bus radiators in their shops with a simple box fan behind it and it works good. Cheap too.
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water from your boiler, radiator from a junkyard vehicle or something, put a fan behind it.....

it works.
Even better. I just remembered a buddy of mine used an old household a/c unit. The outside kind, not the window kind. He ran the water through the tubes and wired the fan to run backwards. The fine aluminum coils have more surface area than a radiator. He heats a 3,000 sq ft barn and it puts out wicked heat!
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I had a wood boiler at my old place and tried the cast iron radiator thing in my one car garage. No insulation in garage, and it got up to around 45 degrees or so inside.
My garage is insulated. 50* would be plenty warm.
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I've seen several of the truck radiator set-ups, and they work very well for the cost. The better the fan, the better they work, although a basic Walmart box fan works just fine.
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My shop heater has been through several encarnations. I recommend a squirrel cage fan, for quietness and airflow. You want high pressure, low volume. Currently I am using an old furnace and a radiator from a GMC Topkick 366 gas. It heats a 32x48x12 barn.

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My shop heater has been through several encarnations. I recommend a squirrel cage fan, for quietness and airflow. You want high pressure, low volume. Currently I am using an old furnace and a radiator from a GMC Topkick 366 gas. It heats a 32x48x12 barn.
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