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I just picked up one of these to heat my workshop/garage.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...35A&lpage=none

Now, the instructions give the usual warnings about propane and use in occupied dwellings etc. But my questions is this, I only intend to use the heater to take the chill out the garage for maybe 10 minutes before I get going. I would not dream of using it whilst creating dust, or using solvents/ varnishing etc.
Even though we've had temps in the low teens this year, the coldest I saw in the garage was 46, so it really is just to warm the air a little.
Are these safe for that kind of use, I mean, I don't want to pass out from CO poisoning, The shop is approx 18x18 with a 7' ceiling, so for 5-10 minutes, the there should be enough fresh air right?
Second and more serious is the propane itself. I live in a town house, so I don't have outside storage. Currently I keep the propane tank on the BBQ outside. Clearly it would have to be inside to use the heater. I'm not keen on that. I allready keep about a gallon of gas for the snow blower/ mower in the garage.
I was thinking maybe about a "deck box" type thing to keep the gas/propane in, clearly safer I know, but will the gas be ok, kept cold in the winter? I'd have to bring it into the garage in summer I guess, it would get too hot out there in summer.
I know electric heat would be best, but I have limited supply(only a 100A for the house) and at present I have one, yes one Skt in the shop.
Next project is new Skts and lighting.
So, can I use this heater safely, or should I take it back?
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Hi vapo,

You should be fine for no more the length of time you intend on using it. The only drawback to using propane is this, when the bottle starts getting low, you will notice the odor. A good sign it's getting low.

For the gas, put in some "heat" or other supplement and maybe even put in some "stabil". Otherwise, you have no worries.

I have something very similar to yours only it burns kerosene and or diesel. I currently burn diesel in it mainly due to the cost of kerosene.

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Now I looked at the kerosene heaters, but I'm sure i read somewhere about condensatation issues. Logic tells me that both fuel sources would cause this though? Don't want my tools rusting in front of my eyes lol
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CO2? I would think CO(mono-oxide) would be the by-product. But yes, a good idea.
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You'll have condensation with any type heating system. Yes, you should have some of type of detector.

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Hi Kristin

At one time I did use a kerosene heater in my shop,what a pain,,,it would run for about 1/2 hour or so and I would have condensatation all over the tools..
Not to say anything about the tools in the tool boxes...

I did wipe most the tools down but many just got rust all over them like the colum on the drill press for just one of them and under the top of the table saw...like I said what a pain it was to use it in the shop...form 20 deg. to 70deg. in 30 mins or less condensatation will popup all over the place... the drywall walls was a big drag..
And you talk about a cheap high and one heck of a head ache...30 mins. of that is like getting stuck behind a bus for a hour or two... almost all will say I always have the door open a bit, Ya right, tell me about it... maybe after a hour or so then most open the door because it hot inside..

But that's just one users review ..

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Any time you have combustion you have condensatation, I recall back in the 70's I think it was B&K had a patent for a fire alarm that measured the rate of humidity rise rather than ionization as is commonly used. Think of your car on a cold morning, spewing steam and dripping out the tailpipe. However unless your planning on really heating up and then letting the room cool off I would not think condensation on tools would be a big problem, no more than average storage in an unheated space. Any unheated space may go from near the low temp to the high during the day (+/- 30 to 50 degree swing).

A C02 detector would not be a bad investment anyway, under $30 last time I looked, just for insurance.

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In a small shop, a parabolic quartz radiant electric heater can do a fantastic job without a lot of the safety concerns. They really don't use up that much electricity either.

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