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Old 11-19-2017, 03:31 PM   #1
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So I was at Menards the other day researching garage heaters in prep for Black Friday sales that might happen.

Option 1: I spoke with a lil ole sales guy who was pushing me to the electric heater for $599 because it requires no venting and only uses electric during the winter months when electric is cheaper anyway.
https://www.menards.com/main/heating...2647791&ipos=5

Option 2: Then I saw the infrared heaters that are 99% efficient and require no venting:
https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-Nat...+garage+heater

I like this concept. However, there is no fan to push the warm air around so I need to run another fan to move air.

Option 3: Then there is the old school nat gas heater with a fan that does all of the above: makes heat, has a fan to cycle air, and requires both gas and electric to be ran to it as well as needing an exhaust vent outside. Not a big fan of that exhaust requirement.

Anyone here have experience with anything other than option 3?
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I have a ventless, there is a fan you can buy that attaches to the back to help push the heat out, I run mine on propane until my reserves are burned up, then I’m going to switch to natural gas the one I have can run on both, I like it keeps the garage as warm as I want I normally keep it 50 ish out there
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I have a ventless, there is a fan you can buy that attaches to the back to help push the heat out, I run mine on propane until my reserves are burned up, then Iím going to switch to natural gas the one I have can run on both, I like it keeps the garage as warm as I want I normally keep it 50 ish out there
The ventless gas is an option, but those do create a bit of a scent that I was trying to avoid. I guess running it on propane might create less scent.
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I have a ventless, there is a fan you can buy that attaches to the back to help push the heat out, I run mine on propane until my reserves are burned up, then Iím going to switch to natural gas the one I have can run on both, I like it keeps the garage as warm as I want I normally keep it 50 ish out there
Doesn't that eventually build up some carbon monoxide inside the garage?
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@Eagle, my brother has a 220V electric and it kicks ass. You cant leave it on full blast even with it well below freezing outside or you will be sweating.
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I have a 220v electric heater. It has 3 settings and a 280cfm fan. My garage is 28x26 attached on two sides, insulated and an insulated door. My Profusion 99.00 Heater from Northern Tool works like a champ. My garage seldom goes below freezing. With the electric heater I can easily keep it at 65-70. It added about 35-40/month to my electric bill.

My master bedroom is above the garage and local building codes made it hard to do a vented gas.

Iíve had the heater for 5 years and I would recommend it.

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Doesn't that eventually build up some carbon monoxide inside the garage?
If you never opened your garage it might they are supposedly 99.9% efficient, last year I had the furnace go out on the coldest day of the year, I brought the garage heater inside and put it right under my carbon monoxide detector just Incase no issues, I was useing propane that I got off the pipeline at work so it didnít have mercaptian added to it for smell like normal propane and natural gas
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My father-in-law gave me a ceiling mountable electric heater that I had to wire it up (220 V) that works great. I installed it on the ceiling in the far left corner and have it pointed towards the center (can move it any direction I want though). Non vented and brings the heat up quick. If I need it more focused on a certain area then I can always point it towards my garage door opener mounted fan and have it push towards my workbench if need be (hardly ever).

The good thing about the ceiling mounted heater is that it's out of the way and no need for additional stuff.
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I have a 220v electric heater. It has 3 settings and a 280cfm fan. My garage is 28x26 attached on two sides, insulated and an insulated door. My Profusion 99.00 Heater from Northern Tool works like a champ. My garage seldom goes below freezing. With the electric heater I can easily keep it at 65-70. It added about 35-40/month to my electric bill.

My master bedroom is above the garage and local building codes made it hard to do a vented gas.

Iíve had the heater for 5 years and I would recommend it.

I can post pictures if you want to see it.
$35-40/mo running constantly set to what temp?

My master is above the garage too, so I feel ya there.
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I have mine mounted on the ceiling as well.
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$35-40/mo running constantly set to what temp?



My master is above the garage too, so I feel ya there.


I keep it about 55 and will put it up to 65 if Iím working out there.

I just repainted my floor and had it set at 70 for the past 20 days. According to my ComEd smart meter My bill is trending about 25.00 more so not bad.

My garage is very well insulated so once Iím up to temp it does not cycle much.
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I have the procom 30k BTU ventless heater and it works great. Not gonna lie for the first month or so it smelled really bad, so bad that I checked and rechecked for gas leaks and found nothing. That was 3 years ago and it’s been awesome since. You just have to break it in before the smell wears off

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Naturally it only works for a small garage. I have a 2 car so it’s enough
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I have mine mounted on the ceiling as well.
I believe that's the exact same one I have. Except I used one bolt in the middle so that I can swivel it and direct the heat elsewhere and wires up to a 220v plug rather than wired directly.
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I have the procom 30k BTU ventless heater and it works great. Not gonna lie for the first month or so it smelled really bad, so bad that I checked and rechecked for gas leaks and found nothing. That was 3 years ago and itís been awesome since. You just have to break it in before the smell wears off

https://m.lowes.com/pd/ProCom-30-000...Heater/3642918
I have something very similar just a different brand. Only use it when working in the garage on the weekends. I have 2.5 car garage with no insulation at all. I put an oscillating fan in front of it, and I donít care how cold it is outside. My garage will get up to 70 degrees with this heater. 1 20lb propane tank (grill size) gets me between 15-18 hours.
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33k BTU, no odor. Direct vent outside.
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Get an infrared unit..... I'm putting a Roberts Gordon unit in my garage.
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A vented natural gas unit is the way to go. I had a vent free heater for a few years, but I got sick of the condensation buildup and humidity. I switched over to a vented unit and it's so much better. It's connected to a thermostat and is left at 60 degrees all winter unless I'm working out there and want it warmer.
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Option 3.

So not much help!

PS love the HF sticker @importcrew
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Option 3.

So not much help!

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You mean @keitho64

I quoted him because I have the same heater.
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Well fuck. I read that wrong. Whoops
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I have the procom 30k BTU ventless heater and it works great. Not gonna lie for the first month or so it smelled really bad, so bad that I checked and rechecked for gas leaks and found nothing. That was 3 years ago and itís been awesome since. You just have to break it in before the smell wears off

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Iíve been running that one for 5-6 years as well
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Another vote for the 220v electric, I only turn it on when working in the garage. Can be out there in a T-shirt after it being on for a few hours even in really cold temps.

Electric bill is negligible difference.
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Get an infrared unit..... I'm putting a Roberts Gordon unit in my garage.
Tell me more! Needs gas and electric ran to it? Ventless, right? Does it have the same issue as these other open flame heaters that cause condensation and or smells?
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