How Do You Heat Your Shop?
Issue: Issue 346
Posted Date: 2/25/2014
As our Minnesota offices experienced a brief heat wave of 40-degree days last week before plunging back into the below-zero deep freeze, we asked the Woodworker’s Journal Facebook community about how other woodworkers heat their shops in winter. – Editor
“I use a propane torpedo heater. Normally, it is sufficient for the Nashville area, but this year …” - Ralph B.
We know the feeling, Ralph. Woodworker’s Journal publisher Rob Johnstone does not want to look at his shop’s propane bills this year. – Editor
“Wife mentioned the electric bill was as high as in the summer. I have a 220V heater suspended from the ceiling in my (garage) shop, with a small space heater next to the drill press. I think a leaky old garage door does not help matters. Rule of thumb, below 10 degrees outside, I turn off the heat and give up.” – Dan V.
“I thought long & hard before going with a 220v, 5,000w electric heater suspended from the ceiling in my 25'x30' shop with a 7'x10' garage door, and it's perfect. Keeps the shop at 60 all winter, but north central Kentucky has the eighth lowest electric rate in the country. I don't know what it costs, but no rust on tools, worries about temp sensitive products, loss of floor space, and especially the ability to work on what I want when I want makes it worth it to me. I made a cap for my garage door out of coil stock to close the top gap. That was the leakiest spot and I saw a huge difference in how often the heater ran. The sides and bottom have weatherstripping, but the top had a gap I could put my fingers in. Awful.” – Jim M.
“I just got a woodburning stove put in this fall. I have no mistakes in my shop now. They just help with the heat.” – Roy P.
This woodworker has a suggestion that might be helpful for a few other people, as well ... - Editor
"I just talk a lot more. Good for a couple of degrees." - Stefan E.
For those of you still exploring ways to heat your shop, check out Sandor Nagyszalanczy’s article on the options available in the April 2014 issue of Woodworker’s Journal magazine. - Editor