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Old 01-10-2012, 04:36 PM   #16
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Where should I put my electric baseboards?


I don't like the idea of plastic at all in a garage because it is flammable but it is a cheap temp solution. I don't know the building codes or style of construction of garages and their ceilings in your area. Where I am we insulate with fibreglass and then drywall the walls for fire separation and safety and same with the ceiling or use wood/OSB if it is not a fire separation issue from the house.

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Old 01-10-2012, 05:24 PM   #17
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If it were me, how I would tackle this is to:

1. Insulate, before you do anything (well except for running wiring etc.)
2. Buy a Salamander Propane Heater
3. Install baseboard heaters.

Now you can keep the garage above freezing with the baseboards and not cost you an arm and a leg. And then when you want to get it up to 68* or so you turn on the salamander heater until it gets to the desired temperature and then maintain with the baseboard heat. This in my opinion is really cost effective if you don't mind getting the salamander out each time you want to work out there at the beginning of the day. Electric heat is expensive to heat with when you have options such as propane to supplement, rather than using electricity to get it from 40* up to 68*.
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Well the reason i would rather not have a fan-forced unit is because there will be lots of sawdust, and i'd rather not have that dust getting sucked into the fan motor. I plan to just vaccuum out the heaters before each use, or even more often than that if it looks like a ton of buildup.

Ideally I'd love one of those HotDawg separated combustion units, but they are so pricey. I may go that route if i'm still using this garage 2 winters from now. In the meantime, I just wanted something "cheap and easy". I think I'll try out the baseboards (since I already bought them) and see how they perform. If it stinks, or my electric bill is insane, I'll insulate the walls & put up drywall if necessary for fireproofing.

What about the idea of a propane torpedo heater to bring the room up to temp for a while, then switching over to the baseboards to maintain?
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #19
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Step 1) I think I'll try out the baseboards (since I already bought them) and see how they perform.
Step 2) If it stinks, or my electric bill is insane, I'll insulate the walls & put up drywall if necessary for fireproofing.

What about the idea of a propane torpedo heater to bring the room up to temp for a while, then switching over to the baseboards to maintain?
Step 1 is based in you already owning the BB heaters.
If you already own a torpedo heater... sure, use that too.

Step 2 is about doing real long term improvements to the building.
If you go down this road... do these *right* so they all lead to the most flexibility in the future however you get heat (or AC).

fwiw... if you can do OTHER things or in other places until spring... do that.
The electric heaters will cost a small fortune to run with 95% of that wasted.
The insulation and finishing work for 6 cold weeks is hard to justify.

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