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Advice on Heating my garage

Post by appyarry » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:41 pm

I'm searching for a relatively cheap way to heat my not very air tight or insulated garage which is remote from the house but does have electric (and economy 7). I have a few options and wondered if anyone had any good ideas or done something that didn't work.

I'm thinking:
Electric: Expensive but for short periods not too bad, Eco 7 means a lot of wasted heat when I'm not using the garage.
LPG (No Mains Gas here :-( Expensive but is possible, could be dangerous - Just look at my thumb :-(
Heating Oil - I have a big tank as I use the oil for the DHW and central heating. If I could find a fire/heater that ran off heating oil and was indirect (No Fumes) I'd go for that but I can't find one.
Cab night heater - Oil - Not sure if it would do the job?
Wood burner - I have lots of wood and source it free of charge so a possibility - would need to be a small one, it's not a massive garage.

Any suggestions welcome.
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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by AWJD » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:22 pm

I would definitely insulate it first or you might find it difficult to keep warm. It was a fair amount of effort to insulate my large workshop/shed but now a small electric oil fired heater on a relatively low setting keeps it above 10 deg C most of the time.
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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by Old Diggerdogk9 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:50 pm

Insulate first, Then run a rad/s from house thats if your boiler is up to it !! most oil boilers have a bit spare... clean no mess, logs to cut etc etc make sure you put a drain down in
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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by hounddog » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:27 pm

My garage isn't heated, but if I am working in there in winter I have a 2kw fan heater which warms it up fine after half hour or so . I just shove a blanket at bottom of door to stop draft. I think 1kw costs about 15p per hour electric.

I wouldn't want to be burning anything involving naked flames in there because , (a) I might accidentally kill myself with carbon monoxide , (b) if I got a petrol or oil leak (and it has been known on an MT ! ) I could end up blowing up myself , the bike , the garage and half the street :o - neither of which are particularly appealing options

I know some people with valuable classics have constantly heated garages , but that seems a bit overkill for an MT and not something Ive ever thought necessary.
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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by deadgrass. » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:45 pm

i buy one piece ski suits from ebay[ like insulated overalls] ,a wooly hat[club shop] and plenty of tea.

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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by AWJD » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:10 pm

It's not just condensation damage to bikes I'm concerned about - it's also damage to tools and spare parts etc kept in the workshop.
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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by Minter » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:01 pm

MTRC Wooley Hat and an extra fleece Phil!!

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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by IvorD » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:15 pm

Largish oil filled radiator. I've run one in mine for years and kept it fairly warm and dry.
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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by mt bandit » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:44 pm

bollocks large , plus scarf , hope that helps
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Re: Advice on Heating my garage

Post by deadgrass. » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:27 pm

mt bandit wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:44 pm
bollocks large , plus scarf , hope that helps
you wander about in yer shed like that mick?
that image is gonna take some shifting :o

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