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I have a garage shop where I don't have any heat source. Wondering what everyone else does when it turns cold. I use spray paint and spray clear on my wood signs and trying to figure out a way to keep the garage warm and not kill myself at the same time. I am looking into building a tabletop spray booth that will vent to the outside under my garage door.
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Here in SE TN, it was down to 9 above yesterday and 17 this AM. My garage door isn't insulated so I don't even think of going into the shop. I do use a IR heater that I bought recently. In just an hour, it raised the temp from 46 to 62 which is comfortable. I don't attempt at painting or finishing at that low temps.
Going to replace the garage door with an insulated one this spring.

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Here in the Houston area, 100 in the summer, 38 and sucky today. When I decided I was going to be doing a lot of woodworking in my retirement years, I had the ceiling insulated to R38 with blown insulation. Previously, we had the siding replaced on our house and the contractor insulated the outside wall of the garage. Then I bought an insulated overhead door.

Lastly, I bought and installed a Fedders 11K Split System Air conditioner with heat pump. Today it is 72 in the garage/workshop...38 outside. And no worries about rust on the table saw, band saw or jointer during the high humidity days.

It feels great...costly but still feels great. I can work any time, day or night but no spraying. I have an outdoor spray booth for that! That is when the weather cooperates.

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Same here, Mike. Two car attached garage, insulated two walls and ceiling with blown, I insulated the door with a roll of insulation, and then put solar screens on the windows (garage/shop is on the west side). Then we put in a Gree 1 ton mini-split with heat pump October 2013. Just like yours I can work year round with stabilized wood and no rust and as warm or as cool as I need it. I'm just a little north of you in northwest Louisiana. It was 18 at our house yesterday morning but a very comfortable 67 in my shop.

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Radiant tube heater. The air intake is in the attic where there is clean air. I still don't try spraying inside either, summer or winter except maybe using an airbrush. Like Mike I have about R35 or so for insulation in the ceiling. The tube doesn't move air around so it. Is a good choice in the shop.

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I have a garage shop where I don't have any heat source. Wondering what everyone else does when it turns cold. I use spray paint and spray clear on my wood signs and trying to figure out a way to keep the garage warm and not kill myself at the same time. I am looking into building a tabletop spray booth that will vent to the outside under my garage door.
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No problem here! Living in the subtropics I just open the door & let the sun in! We only get 4-5 days a year where the minimum drops to single figures. (That's Celsius here, or below 50F) I can't remember a maximum that was below single figures. After seeing TV news reports, I feel sorry for you guys who have to live with heavy snowfalls.

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Going to replace the garage door with an insulated one this spring.
No biggie to insulate the door yourself, and considerably less expensive. Doesn't take long, so you could do it now, and get to work during the cold. There's various types of insulation that will work just fine, and probably instructions on how to do it on line, if you need them. i figure with time for measuring and cutting, I could probably insulate a door in under two hours, and probably even less than that.

Oh yeah, use a small propane heater, and just upgraded to one with a bit more output. Upgraded because it took the first one maybe 20 minutes to get a comfortable temperature. The second one should get the heat up in less time.

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I might add that the heat from the summer sun comes through the attic. Insulating the walls or door doesn't stop the heat. It did absolutely no good to have an insulated wall or insulated door. I had previously insulated the paltry metal overhead door.
It was 102 outside and 102 in the garage.

Eleven inches of blown insulation in the ceiling did the trick. Note that I was miserable trying to get some electricity run for the shop lights so I could schedule the insulation installers.

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Bitter cold here, hit -40 with windchill one night this week ,having what is called frost quakes
I have a220 construction heater for my 14 x 20 shop,took a long time to heat it up this week,looking at alternatives for next winter
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