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Safely heating a garage

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Badfish740, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    I have a one car attached garage but there is no simple or inexpensive way to connect it to my existing forced air heating system-even if there was it would be a waste to dump heat into it all of the time. I bought one of these:

    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_1029783_1029783

    At an estate sale recently, and I'm wondering if it would be safe to use in the garage. As you can see its marketed as a "garage" heater, but when you read the manual it states that the heater should not be used anywhere flammable liquids are used or are present. I typically store about 5 gallons of gasoline in the garage at any given time, but I could just as easily store it outside somewhere. That still leaves all of the OPE that sits in the garage (2 saws, lawn tractor, walk behind mower, generator, snow blower, leaf blower, etc...) which all have some degree of gasoline in the tanks. Also, the garage is my workshop-would it be unsafe to use a heater like this while say, cleaning a carburetor with solvent? The bottom line is I'd like to be able to work in my garage without freezing my butt off, but I don't want to blow up the house doing it. What to do?

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Thats an open flame if your using it as a garage you will want an electric heater. If its insulated it will not take much.
  3. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos Minister of Fire

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    Many people could use a heater like that just fine and others, well, some probably should not.

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