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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 17, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody running indirect gas heat? My garage is insulated and pretty tight for a garage. I have been heating with electric as needed and its not as bad as it sounds. I have stayed away from blue flame because i didnt want to blow the place up when i was hacking on motorcycles. A couple guys at work are pitching me this.......

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I use a 20,000 btu ventless gas heater (blue flame) in my garage which is about 14x30 and 9' high. Works like a dream. If I'm going to paint or such, I just turn it off until I'm finished.

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I avoid any kind of ventless gas heat because they produce large amounts of water vapor which can lead to surface rust on tools and cars. Go indirect/vented if possible.

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I avoid any kind of ventless gas heat because they produce large amounts of water vapor which can lead to surface rust on tools and cars. Go indirect/vented if possible.

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I haven't had that to be a problem. My car has bare sandblasted metal and after at least 5 years it shows little if any rust. most notable is a handprint in light rust. I will say I don't run the heater often but have run it several weekends in a row.

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I haven't had that to be a problem. My car has bare sandblasted metal and after at least 5 years it shows little if any rust. most notable is a handprint in light rust. I will say I don't run the heater often but have run it several weekends in a row.

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Probably ok for occasional use but I am in my shop every day. I also use it to dry out the air prior to painting. A direct vent unit would not be effective.

The humidity in Illinois is likely lower than Texas during the winter.

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I avoid any kind of ventless gas heat because they produce large amounts of water vapor which can lead to surface rust on tools and cars. Go indirect/vented if possible.

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I haven't had that to be a problem. My car has bare sandblasted metal and after at least 5 years it shows little if any rust. most notable is a handprint in light rust. I will say I don't run the heater often but have run it several weekends in a row.

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Yeah Don that would be a problem where you live in Texas but up North in winter the relative humidity is single digits low teens for most of us so once the unit is off Mother Nature sucks the humidity out of the garage rather quickly.


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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 17, 05:28 PM
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I run an Modine style unit. I think it's Mr.Heater or Heatilator. Anyway, it mounted to the ceiling and vented. Works well, 3 car with 10' ceiling.

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Humidity is not a problem if the unit is sized correctly. I run a unit in my basement constantly and the RH runs from 35 to 40%. I'd like to note that I don't paint in my garage for personal reasons and I've never had a problem with anything rusting!

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Humidity is not a problem if the unit is sized correctly. I run a unit in my basement constantly and the RH runs from 35 to 40%. I'd like to note that I don't paint in my garage for personal reasons and I've never had a problem with anything rusting!
I have a full size commercial booth in my shop with proper filtering etc so no worries here about any personal concerns....

I can pretty much guarantee that a direct heater will cause high humidity issues in Texas. For example the current humidity here is 88%. Not sure it would be wise to dump even more humidity into my shop under those conditions...

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I have a full size commercial booth in my shop with proper filtering etc so no worries here about any personal concerns....

I can pretty much guarantee that a direct heater will cause high humidity issues in Texas. For example the current humidity here is 88%. Not sure it would be wise to dump even more humidity into my shop under those conditions...

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I agree.

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If you want to use gas I would go with a Modine Hot Dawg, for electric I would get a single zone mini split. Either would do a great job.

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