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Not-so-hot heating options
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Sitting on concrete with clearance
on all sides and fireproof tiles
shielding the walls, a wood stove
might pass inspection. But insuring
a shop -- especially one attached to
a house -- could prove the larger
hurdle.

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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Comments (8)
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skyler3088799 wrote:

How about something new??? These articles are re-runs, the projects are recycled...no wonder I'm considering cancelling everything to do with Wood.

1/8/2015 01:33:07 PM Report Abuse
rbtpartsman wrote:

I've put in a used "trailer furnace" before in a shop, sitting it up high on a frame with the hot air just coming right out of the bottom. My shop was well insulated, and it only took about 10-15 minutes to heat the shop up to a comfortable working temperature. I used a oil furnace, but you can also use propane and natural gas furnaces.

1/8/2015 11:31:37 AM Report Abuse
brucenadams1 wrote:

My shop is open to the elements, but shaded. Winter temps get to a bone chilling 55*. Summers are bit warm. Radiant heat works best for me during the winter. The round, reflector electric heaters from Costco are convenient, portable and safe. Sort of a chill chaser. The addition of a heat lamp on the scroll saw in addition to the regular lighting keeps my hands and fingers warm. That strategy doesn't work everywhere, but it works for me.

1/8/2015 11:15:17 AM Report Abuse
phartman89130 wrote:

How about geo air tubes? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/546835579724650379/

1/8/2015 10:02:47 AM Report Abuse
kjdoyle.woodworks wrote:

I've installed a conventional forced air furnace. It was a simple 80% natural gas unit. I can put a high efficiency filter on it and it cleans my air and I can add a humidifier for the winter and AC for the summer. It was around $500 for the furnace, filter housing and plenum kit.

1/8/2015 09:45:21 AM Report Abuse
markbutler506 wrote:

I put a gas radiant tube heater in and it is the best way to go. It heats up instantly and the best part is that it is great for drying finishes. It speeds up the drying and doesn't give dust a chance to settle. I even use it in the summer although even with all the windows open it gets too hot to stay inside but in 20-30 minutes the finish has cured enough to prevent dust nibs.

1/8/2015 09:45:20 AM Report Abuse
timlarkin2010 wrote:

I added a mini-split upstairs and in the downstairs level of my shop. They both have worked flawlessly for over a year heating and cooling my shop here in central Virginia. They are quite economical to purchase and operate. I installed them both myself in less than a day.

12/22/2014 07:05:39 PM Report Abuse
meridiaman1 wrote:

I, actually, purchased a mini-split brand new from a seller on a popular auction site and installed it myself. Installation is quite easy. My mini-split has been operating perfectly for the last 9 years with no problems. It supplies me with A/C in the hot Phoenix summers and heat in the winters (Yes, we get as low as the '20s in the winter here, at times.).

12/18/2014 04:39:27 PM Report Abuse

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