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  • Non Gas Garage Heater

    Beginning a simulator build in the small stall of a 3 car garage. Ceiling is sheet rocked but not insulated, looking for any suggestions to heat this area. I don't have gas to the garage so electric might be my only option, I live in Minnesota, where even in the garages it can get easily below freezing. Thanks for any suggestions or options that might help


  • #16
    I use an electric heater and hooked it up to a line voltage thermostat.


    • #17
      I have a heat pump in my house.


      • #18
        Yeah, since we can't talk about TGC anymore the garage heater is now the new hot topic. I think we've all said about all that can be said before launch..haha!

        But seriously, I would NOT use a propane heater. Like stated above. Silent killer. It's not worth it. That Big Buddy heater stated previously has two issues: It's propane and requires good ventilation. Also you have to buy those little costly propane canisters. Even most of the gas heaters require ventilation. The 110 heaters don't put out enough heat in a cold as winter garage, trust me. I've tried..haha! Only good way to go is 220 to get the power and heat you want to warm up a cold as freezing garage!

        Just do the work and install a 220 outlet in the garage. The Remington I have puts out some serious heat and it's 100% safe!


        • luv2golf
          luv2golf commented
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          He could also put in one of those nice costco or home depot fireplaces and mount a tv above it. Now we're talking first class!! Man I'm bored, this MNF game sucks!!!

      • #19
        You talking about this football game..yeah not much excitement.

        Here's another safe way to heat your garage that doesn't require ventilation.


        • luv2golf
          luv2golf commented
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          Yes, I was talking about the football game or should I say yawwwwwwnnnnnnnnnn fest.

          I like that, just mount a tv above it with a net return and your in business. My bad, just clicked on the photo and it's a TV.

          Ok, so now if you have skytrak with the PIP we're rocking..........WOW has this forum degraded.

          Last edited by luv2golf; 11-17-2015, 04:03 AM.

      • #20
        I know it's an old thread, but maybe it will be a timely resurrection for someone

        I personally went with overhead radiant by SRP.( but there is a few different companies depending on your shop size and needs). I personally did not want a circulating blower. And I have a lot of cast-iron in my shop.

        I would never suggest an open flame as a heating source. They add carbon monoxide to the air and excessive moisture. These type of shops need to be ventilated, which kind of screws with the heating trying to be achieved.

        If you want to do it on the cheap, a electric shop heater will get you there for under $200, but depending on where you live, and if you have NG, A higher efficiency NG heater will save you money in the long run!

        My 30,000 BTU overhead radiant with installation ran me about $1000. I was running 8000 W electric Prior I am in about 1.5-2 year payback to breakeven.


        • #21
          If you are Minnesota boy, man up and hit in shorts and a T-Shirt when its well below freezing in the garage. If you live here, you automatically are able to do that, Canadians too lol.

          Kinda joking even though I currently do that. I do have 2 Big Buddy heaters but its a pain in the ass to start those for a spontaneous sim session. I have a carbon monoxide detector in my garage and the Big Buddy heaters are supposed to auto shut off when oxygen is getting low so they should be pretty safe. The downside is they create a lot of condensation as they put out water. They also have "some" smell from burning propane. Bothers me some. I have 220 in my garage, and will be finishing insulation of my garage late winter this year. I will then install a nice big electric heater. I can't wait, shanks with irons when its sub 20 degrees hurt very badly. I also go through way more golf balls, they crack easier at freezing temps.


          • #22
            Wisconsin neighbor here... I feel your pain. Also have a garage setup, and it gets friggen cold in the garage. I really wish I had 220v in the garage, but I don't... and I don't have enough capacity in my panel to add any more either. I'd have to get a sub panel installed, plus the cost of a 220v heater... etc... not worth it for my couple hours a week of hitting balls for an hour... .

            My solution was a radiant shop heater like this that I mounted overhead directly over my mat...

            I flick that on a bit before I go out into the garage... it's not toasty warm, but you can feel it enough...

            I subsidize that heater along with a Mr. Buddy Big Buddy heater... it runs on either 2 small propane canisters, or you can get adapters to run off a LP tank.. I prefer the portability of the small coleman propane canisters for the limited use I have with it anyway.. sometimes the overhead is enough to take the chill off... when it gets below 30, I need Mr. Buddy for a while.. 0-10 degrees or less... still too cold for me even with both heaters...

            I used to use a bazooka... but without ventilation, my eyes would burn after a bit, and was wary of Carbon monoxide. The small Mr. Buddy says it's safe for indoor use, so I take that to mean, little ventillation is needed... It's much better than the bazooka in regards to the effects.


            • #23
              If you haven't purchase a heater yet Tractor Supply has a great deal on a vent-free natural gas or propane heater that I just bought last night to try for my garage golf in Michigan. Haven't got it hooked up yet, but the reviews seem to suggest that its a great unit.

              Find Mr. Heater 30,000 BTU Vent-Free Radiant Propane Heater in the Wall & Baseboard Heaters category at Tractor Supply Co.This Radiant 30000 BTU