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patv

08:51AM | 08/21/01
Member Since: 08/18/01
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I just put together a woodworking shop in my garage. Previously, I used the garage mainly for storage and working on my cars. Since it was only used part time, I heated it with a 35,000 BTU forced air propane heater.

September is nearly on us, and it will cool off soon. What I found as I have been working in my new shop is that the power tools generate a lot of fine dust as well as wood shavings, chips, etc. I'm concerned that this is a potential fire hazard, as the fine dust will be forced through the heater and possibly ignite.

For health's sake, I will probably install a dust collection system and filters some time soon, but probably not before winter. Anyone else here heating their shops, and what are you using?

Pat

Lawrence

05:09PM | 08/25/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Good thinking.Electric, oil-filled radiators are probably the safest, easiest, and least-expensive bet for you. They plug into a normal 110 outlet and heat very well without any flame or exposed element that could ignite the dust. You can get them at most Home Centers and even Target or Walgreens sometimes during seasonal promotions. For more expensive/permanent solutions, there are more expensive radiant heat options. I would stick with radiant heat as opposed to any forced air or directly-exposed-to-air element heat. Even with filters, the filters clog quickly and reduce your heating efficiency.

JERRY2

04:59PM | 09/02/01
Member Since: 09/01/01
1 lifetime posts
I HAD A WOOD SHOP BUILT ONTHE SIDE OF MY
GARAGE. FOR HEAT I PUT IN A PROPANE WALL FURNACE THAT GETS IT'S CUMBUSTION AIR FROM THE OUTSIDE AND IS SAFE IN A DUSTY AREA.
I GOT MINE FROM WW GRAINGER. THEY WILL ALSO COME IN NATURAL GAS.
IT DOSEN'T SEEM TO BE EXPENSIVE. I KEEP THERM. TURNED ALL THE WAY DOWN AND IT STAYS NO LOWER THAN 45 DEGREES.

JERRY

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