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Default Winter approaching... AGAIN!!

Yes, I know... it comes around every year.... sure would be nice if it skipped a year.

Just curious if anyone has used/is using this heater: big-buddy-heater. I've been using a convection kerosene heater up to now, and have never been real happy with the performance. This, at 400sq feet(I WISH for a shop that large!!) is overkill so it should hopefully keep me warm.

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Yep, got one. Seems to do the job pretty well.

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Look at the BTU's closely. The BTU's for the chimney style kero heaters are 23k BTU. The one listed range' up to about 18k. I just replaced a kero heater in my shop space. I did look at some of the electric ones. The big draw back for the electric ones, at least for me is that I would have issues sharing circuits with it in the shop. I likely would be popping breakers like mad with that. In the end, I went with another kero heater.

If anything, keep the kero heater, use the electric one with it to help get the shop space warmed up more quickly. Then use the kero to keep the temp maintained.

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I have one of the ceiling mounted electric radiant heaters. My shop is 360 sq. ft. I keep it set at 5 degrees Celsius and turn it up when I go into work. It heats up all the surfaces and when I pick up a tool it does not feel cold even though you can see your breath, it is very comfortable to work in. I've had this set up for 10 years and none of my tools have rusted and the cost does not really spike on the hydro (a few dollars a month). I'm in Barrie ON Canada where we regularly get minus 30 degree Celsius in the winter.

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I have one of the ceiling mounted electric radiant heaters. My shop is 360 sq. ft. I keep it set at 5 degrees Celsius and turn it up when I go into work. It heats up all the surfaces and when I pick up a tool it does not feel cold even though you can see your breath, it is very comfortable to work in. I've had this set up for 10 years and none of my tools have rusted and the cost does not really spike on the hydro (a few dollars a month). I'm in Barrie ON Canada where we regularly get minus 30 degree Celsius in the winter.

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Bob could you post the link for the one you use. I really don't want to run gas into my garage all that bad and will have 100 amp service next spring I hope .
I have to keep a 572 sq ft garage above freezing .I don't need 20 degrees C

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I used to represent the parent company in their commercial/industrial burners. I have their smaller version of Mr. Heater. Works great- I highly recommend their products. Use it for bankside fishing in the winter. Mr. Heater can be used as a heater and a stove by turning it on its side. Gas IR is about 98% efficient. Keep in mind that IR heat is directional but that shouldn't be an issue in a small shop.
You don't have to run a line but use the 1 lb. canisters or a small LP tank like you would use for camping.

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Look at the BTU's closely. The BTU's for the chimney style kero heaters are 23k BTU. The one listed range' up to about 18k. I just replaced a kero heater in my shop space. I did look at some of the electric ones. The big draw back for the electric ones, at least for me is that I would have issues sharing circuits with it in the shop. I likely would be popping breakers like mad with that. In the end, I went with another kero heater.

If anything, keep the kero heater, use the electric one with it to help get the shop space warmed up more quickly. Then use the kero to keep the temp maintained.
Yes, I did notice the difference in btu output. I froze in my garage last winter... even with the kerosene heater. Even installing a fan at ceiling level to blow the hot air back down didn't make any difference. A friend from work said he had a propane heater, (thought it was this one... found out last nite it was a different one) 20btu and he claims he heats his double car garage with it. Also, kerosene is getting expensive and almost impossible to buy in bulk here anymore.

I've got a torpedo construction heater I was thinking of using to warm things up quickly. Was thinking of placing it in the open man door so it sucks air in from outside. Made the mistake of using it inside with the doors closed once... not going to do THAT again.

I will let you know how I make out.

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Winter approaching... AGAIN!!

cool and about time...

radiant floor heat here...
a couple of guys that did their shops w/ radiant power theirs w/ water heaters...
ohh so comfy...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I have been using the big buddy for a few years. It works well in my two car garage. I bought the propane tank adapter hose and use it with 20 lb cylinders.
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What Gary said.

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