I found this heater

Hmerkle

Hank
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Northern tool has this heater on sale: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200921655_200921655
I also foudn this one - https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200921656_200921656
First, I wanted make anyone aware that might be interested.
Second, I wanted some assistance to understand if this is sufficient to heat a two car garage or if you need more BTU's

More info - my garage is un insulated, but I have used a ventless propane heater (and no, I don't know how many BTU's that was, wouldn't that be easy...) and I had to turn it down or off on cold days in the garage!

TIA for your help.
 

FredP

Fred
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I have that in my shop. It worked. Works better after I insulated. 24x32 3 car garage. With 40 some odd t-5s going at the same time it was toasty in a couple hours.
 

Cuthriell

Cuthriell
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Lowes has one made by Dimplex for the same price except 4000 watts and I heat a 16x24 insulated space with it. Really cold days need a boost from a propane unit to get started. I like the dimplex because it has a thermostat that works. I just noticed that it has some bad reviews but I have been using mine for 5 or more years without issue. It comes with a long cord and a bracket that allows wall or overhead mounting.
 

Hmerkle

Hank
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Lowes has one made by Dimplex for the same price except 4000 watts and I heat a 16x24 insulated space with it. Really cold days need a boost from a propane unit to get started. I like the dimplex because it has a thermostat that works. I just noticed that it has some bad reviews but I have been using mine for 5 or more years without issue. It comes with a long cord and a bracket that allows wall or overhead mounting.
@Cuthriell how do you have it wired (what gauge) and what circuit breaker or fuse (what amperage) are you using?
 

DavidS

David
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Hank, I have a similar unit, a Fahrenheat, that I bought from Amazon in 2010 for $300.00. It is a 5000 watt unit, and it has heated my well insulated 24x28 shop for the last 10 years with no problems. I live in the NC mountains, and it heats my shop to 55 degrees. It works on the coldest days.
 

Cuthriell

Cuthriell
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@Cuthriell how do you have it wired (what gauge) and what circuit breaker or fuse (what amperage) are you using?
It uses a 30 amp breaker. I had to change the receptacle that was already installed to one to fit the plug that came with the heater. I do not know the gauge of the wire. It is surely whatever goes with 30 amps because it was installed by a regular electrician working on a permit. The heater has a built in overload.
 

cyclopentadiene

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I have the 17k btu one and my shop is not insulated. It works fine in a limited area but limits whai I can do Sawstop and Dc take my only 2 30 amp 240v plugs hence bo heat when using the table saw
I have a forced air propane heater that works great, just costly to run a lot as a tank only lasts 5-6 hours
 

FredP

Fred
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@FredP you have the small one (17,000 BTU)?
not sure what one i have. it takes a 40 amp circuit. i couldn't find the amp draw on their description. it looks the same as those. edit to add. the first one in your post is 3ph. second one would be correct for a home shop. also mine had to be hardwired.
 
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Martin Roper

Martin
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Hmmmnnnn...

I have a 30 amp breaker for my jointer/planer. I have only one outlet so I'd have to turn off the heat whenever I use the j/p. No biggie.
 

ScottM

Scott
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I have a unit like DavidS. Works great in my 22x32 with 9' ceiling insulated shop. One of the secrets of heating a shop is to not expecting any heater to raise the temp 20-25 degrees. 5-10 degrees is more realistic. Remember you have to heat the air plus all that heavy metal (steel and cast iron). During the winter I keep my shop at about 55 at night. Takes about an hour to reach the low 60's which I find comfortable.
 

Bill Clemmons

Bill
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Surprise, Surprise ! ! ! Yesterday I clicked on the two links Hank provided. This morning I had an email from Northern Tool featuring the same two heaters and asking if I am "still interested". You gotta love the internet. ;)
 

Martin Roper

Martin
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Surprise, Surprise ! ! ! Yesterday I clicked on the two links Hank provided. This morning I had an email from Northern Tool featuring the same two heaters and asking if I am "still interested". You gotta love the internet. ;)
It's actually kinda creepy that you can just click on an item and then get emails and ads for it or related items for weeks.
 

Gotcha6

Dennis
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It's actually kinda creepy that you can just click on an item and then get emails and ads for it or related items for weeks.
I had a problem with that a few years ago here when Google was 'sponsor'. They kept sending popups trying to tell me how to find out Victoria's secret........... :D
Yes, It's scary to think how much Mark Zuckerberg knows about all of us.
 

NOTW

Notw
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Hank, I used a ventless propane heater in my un insulated garage the past couple of winters. Even being ventless it still gave off fumes I didn't much care for. All that being said mine was an 18,000 BTU propane heater. I could turn it on an hour or so before i went out and it would be warm enough to turn down to low already.
 

Hmerkle

Hank
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Hank, I used a ventless propane heater in my un insulated garage the past couple of winters. Even being ventless it still gave off fumes I didn't much care for. All that being said mine was an 18,000 BTU propane heater. I could turn it on an hour or so before i went out and it would be warm enough to turn down to low already.
I kept my ventless, thinking this electric should maintain, but it may take something (Bigger or more) to raise the temp...
We shall see...
 

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