Garage heater recommendations

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Garage heater recommendations

Morning, I have an old garage two cars long, one car wide. Old stone built corrugated roof and doors which are not too well sealed.

Bench at one end furthest from main door and put whichever car at that end to work on it.

I have a 3kw garage fan heater which is fairly new but worth its weight in bottle tops.

In cafe yesterday and they had a 4.8kw infrared heater which was marvellous but £1,000.

The unit was heating an area similar in size to my garage and if anything more drafty as it was a plywood extension to give the cafe an outdoor serving space but with plenty of fresh air.

Any ideas or experience of smaller infrared heaters in garages?

Thanks for any help.

 

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Infra red heaters are good as they only heat the people, not the air. You could get a much smaller rated unit and save a lot of money too. A client has a small one on an adjustable height stand that she uses outdoors on a 6th floor balcony.
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Could you do anything to improve the sealing of the roof and doors to keep the draughts out ?
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Not infrred, but a lot cheaper is a diesel air heater. I use an 8kw Chinese diesel air heater for a large shed and greenhouse heating, works well if you are able to run an exhaust to the outside. I run mine off a 12v leisure battery with solar charging.

 

This looks like the one I have: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-8KW-Diesel-Air-Heater-Remote-Control-Thermostat-For-Car-Truck-Motorhome/313183085238?hash=item48eb2aa2b6:g:7AAAAOSw3~FdfzQp 

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Yes I can do a better job on the side door (which I will do) at the bench end. Fair cost to do something with the roof as it's corrugated asbestos stuff from eons ago. Main door is an electric Hormann up and over door, fair cost again to get an insulated door. Can stop drafts whilst I'm in there I suppose with a bit of a bodge. Was thinking of getting one on a stand to be able to move it to where I am. Electrician coming to do some other stuff on Tuesday so will get him to check the cable and trips for capacity for any unit.

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Nigel

i have an infra red heater mounted on the wall of my garage. Ideal for instant heat and good when you are in reasonably close proximity. Ideal for mounting over a bench where you are working. Mine is over my tool chest so if I'm working on the car I'm always putting myself in front of it regularly if you understand me. 

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I would suggest infra-red is the way to go forr the two reasons mentioned above

-heat your body rather than air.

-speed of impact.

 

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A garage needs to be well ventilated, if you put a wet car away in a well sealed garage it will never dry out, also burning oil or gas type heaters will put as much moisture in the air as the product you're burning.

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This is interesting.

So - typically what rating is required with an IR heater for, say, a typical (draughty) double-garage?  What power rating are people using?

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Have a look at the Infrared Heating Company: https://www.infraredcompany.com/collections/all?page=1&view=view-48&grid_list=grid-view

For overhead IR heaters you'll need around 300mm of clearance, but wall mounted are very easy. I'm investigating IR heaters for our conservatory and workshop, it's probably going to be 2 or 3 clear glass IR heaters for the conservatory roof and a wall mounted panel for the workshop due to restricted height.

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A different approach - heat yourself by wearing thermal underwear & help save the planet! Thermal long johns, long-sleeved thermal vest, thick cotton shirt, thick trousers,, thick wooly jumper, warm coat, thick socks, beanie hat, Wilko gardening gloves. Do something physical to get started (sawing logs?) & you'll soon be peeling off the layers.

https://tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk/c/men/men-thermal