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Old 12-12-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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I am going to be making a garage heater. I will be using a 50 gal water heater, squirrel fan blowing through a automotive radiator, and a recirculation pump. My only real question is what kind of thermostat do i need to run and how would I hook it up. Any help would be great. Anyone??
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:32 AM   #2
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the thermostat in the heater should be good enough to set a general setpoint

it is going to take a long time to heat up your garage with that setup, is this for continous use of just a few hours now and then?
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:13 PM   #3
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sorry but that wont work, with the blower you want to put behind the car radiator will be too much, your warm air will be cold, a very small fan will move some heat from it but not enough to heat the space you are trying to heat.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:29 AM   #4
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my father has ran that set up in his shop ever since he built it (15+ years now) and has no problem keeping it 70+ degrees in there. He is using a Knipco turn dial thermostat but I cannot find one online for the life of me. just wondering what other kind of thermostat I could use? Is there a digital one I could hook up?
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:43 AM   #5
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Are you wanting the stat to shut down the hot water tank, blower, and pump all at the same time?
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:09 AM   #6
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I am looking for the thermostat to turn on the fan and the pump off until it calls for heat again. Leave the water tank on heating.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:43 PM   #7
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You should be able to put in a line thermostat, you can get one from a heating and cooling store like Johnstone supply. Just hook it up in the circuit and it will run both of them. your other option is a 120/24v step-down transformer, fan relay, and T-stat. I can walk you thu wiring this if you need to go that route. Unless you can find what your dad is running on his on.
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