It’s cold and I needed a way to make it hot in my garage
I have a concrete block garage and it get’s bonkers cold here in Ohio. The combination is no bueno. I needed a way to warm up the garage so I can work in it over the winter. I needed something safe, but also something that threw out a bunch of heat. This sounds easy, but as I started trying these out I realized I might be not fully understanding the problem at hand. My garage is un-insulated, has a garage door for one wall and has leaks a-plenty. It’s not a barn, but it’s only about 50 years away from it.
Amazon is my go to place to buy things because I hate leaving my house, going to big box stores and generally interacting with anybody other than my family. Because of this I will link to all the heaters I tested. If you are the type of person who likes trudging through Wal-mart with the great unwashed, then by all means, copy the model numbers down. I bet many larger retails stores like them will carry this stuff.
Now, let’s dig into the meat of this post. My first purchase was an oil filled heater I naively thought would take the chill out of the room. This would be the first of my many mistakes.
The DeLonghi EW7707CM Safe Heat 1500W ComforTemp Portable Oil-Filled Radiator
The DeLonghi is perfectly fine space heater if it is indoors and used to boost the heat in an already somewhat insulated space. This would be good for a basement or a remote room that get’s drafty I imagine. This however did not make the smallest bit of difference in my garage.
This came damaged in shipping so after testing it I did a return with Amazon since all the feet were smashed and I received a refund.
Want more information on this? Dig as deep as you like on Amazon here.
Lifesmart Large Room 6 Element Infrared Heater w/Remote
Not to beat a dead horse, but this was another poor decision. Why on earth did I think a little space heater like this would heat up my garage to a comfortable level I will never know. On it’s own it makes a fine space heater for your basement or room that get’s chilly or needs a little bit of a heat boost.
I’d say this seems a bit more powerful than the oil radiator above, however with the caveat that it gets really hot at the opening. No huge surprise to anyone, so keep the kids and the blankets a safe distance away from the heat hole.
Want one for yourself? Check the reviews here first. I did end up returning mine but it really wasn’t something I’d ever use and it ended up being a mistake purchase.
Dyna-Glo RMC-FA60DGD 30,000 – 60,000 BTU Liquid Propane Forced Air Heater
Found all over job sites, garages, patios and places where heat is needed. These are called forced air since there is a fan in the back that pushes air out the front as well as propane and fire. This was my first educated purchase and worked great. It filled my shop with hot air goodness and did it quickly. My only real gripe is it went through propane quite quickly in my opinion.
I liked this and used it for a while. I did not return it because I consider this a tool unlike the previous options. If you buy or use one, avoid kicking up too much sawdust while using this and put it in a place were you can keep your eye on it. Sawdust flash fires are no fun.
These sell for 100$ ish on Amazon all the time, which is a good price if you ask me.
Winner winner chicken dinner!
AmazonBasics Slate Grey Commercial Patio Heater
Throwing all logic and good sense out the window, my final purchase was of this commercial patio heater. This is something you might find at an outdoor bar, patio, restaurant or fully nude swingers or group sex party. (so I’ve heard) These things throw out an enormous amount of heat and conveniently fire it all somewhat downward. Because of this I don’t worry too much about my shop ceilings. The propane tank this runs off of lasts longer than the rocket heater and doesn’t freeze up as fast. I really like this solution.
But. There are obvious dangers.
With this type of heater you are going to have issues with carbon monoxide in an enclosed area. Your best bet is to keep a door open, but in my case I make sure to keep a carbon monoxide detector in close proximity. Mine sits right by a smoke detector.
I’ve had the detector go off, but it was when I was doing some engine work on my car. This heater has never tripped the detector yet, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When using this don’t drink, don’t take naps, and by all means do not do whiskey shots in your underwear with the car running and the garage door shut. A little common sense goes a long way. If you lack it, wear a sweater instead.
These are surprisingly cheap on Amazon. I always thought they were in the 300-500 price range so I was happy see them for 100ish bucks.