Heat your shop. Cool your shop.
Not-so-hot heating options
What about wood? Makes sense, right? You can burn your offcuts and mistakes for cozy heat. But wood heat has enough drawbacks to discourage it:
- Passing inspection may be difficult or even impossible in your community.
- Your insurance agent may balk at (or charge a fortune for) an open-flame appliance.
- Kiln-dried scraps burn hot and fast, so you'll soon be forced to switch to labor-intensive firewood. Even then, it will be difficult to maintain consistent heat.
Also be wary of vent-free propane- or kerosene-fired appliances. These low-cost heaters, sold as portable units or radiant panels, require plenty of fresh-air ventilation to prevent carbon-monoxide poisoning, causing you to waste energy warming cold outside air. And propane versions introduce moisture into the air -- a bad mixture with wood and cast-iron tools. Although some models come with low-oxygen shut-off sensors for safer operation, the trade-off can be inconsistent heat as you wait for the fresh-air supply to replenish.
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