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Old 12-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #16
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They should be safe around sawdust. You dont get a blister just touching them. When its below 15* or so outside they take a long time to get the temp up but I have no insulation. Once it gets warm, they maintain well. Not very expensive to buy either.

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:39 AM   #17
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Not a bad thought, they are cheap. How big is your garage? Mine is about 300 sq. feet with a ~11' peak in teh ceiling. No drywall or ceiling material at all.

I have no insulation either. I have no drywall either. Can I put one of these baseboards (or 2, or 3) right up against the wood studs or do I need some sort of fireblock?

Maybe I can hang a forced air electric heater (the ones that get glowing hot) to use to get up from 10* to 50* before going in there, then swap to the basboards to maintain it.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:43 AM   #18
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I dont have drywall either. Just screwed into studs. Also you can add more sections as needed.
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I dont have drywall either. Just screwed into studs.
Nice. I edited my post just as you typed your response. How big is your garage?
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:44 AM   #20
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Duh, you already told me. Much bigger than mine.
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I have a propane torpedo that I used a couple times when it was like 5* out. Run it 20 minutes or so, then let the electric maintain.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:11 PM   #22
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Do you need a dedicated circuit for each section of baseboard?
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No, they are tied together and on one breaker.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:18 PM   #24
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I found someone who is selling one of the modine "hot dawg" 45k btu units fairly cheap. It's a propane unit.

Questions:

1. Can I convert it to Nat. Gas? How? Expensive?
2. If I go propane, how big of a tank would I need? I have never used propane heat before. Do I need to get a giant tank in my yard? Or can I go with something small like I'd use for the bbq (probably a ridiculously naive question, i know!)
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That may need to be a new thread.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:30 PM   #26
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I was thinking the same thing....
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I found someone who is selling one of the modine "hot dawg" 45k btu units fairly cheap. It's a propane unit.

Questions:

1. Can I convert it to Nat. Gas? How? Expensive?
2. If I go propane, how big of a tank would I need? I have never used propane heat before. Do I need to get a giant tank in my yard? Or can I go with something small like I'd use for the bbq (probably a ridiculously naive question, i know!)
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1. Yes, you can convert from propane to natural gas as the maker, Modine, sells models that run on both. It'll just be a kit of smaller sized orifices that need to replace the currently installed propane ones. It's pretty common these days for the maker to ship orifices for both propane and ng along with the unit. If the seller does not have the ng orifices then it shouldn't cost more than $20 to get them from the manufacturer I'd think
2. A bbq tank or 2 should suffice, unless you want to enter a contract to fill up your 100 lb pound tank, or lug it your self to get it filled.
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Hmm, so maybe I can buy it as-is, and use a bbq tank. Convert to gas next year to distribute the cost.

Can I hook up the propane myself, or is that something best left to a contractor? Do I need to leave the tank outside?
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:05 PM   #29
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Turns out the one that guy was selling wasn't the sealed combustion style, oh well.

If I buy a used old inefficient gas furnace, can I build a small closet in the corner of the garage and put an intake vent into that closet (from outside), run the duct into the garage?

Would that give me heat as well as keep the sawdust away from the burner?
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:23 AM   #30
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Thoughts on my "furnace in a closet" idea? is it doable?

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