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Been talking about it for 4 years, but I finally got my garage HEATED

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by merrimacmill, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    Just got a Modine Hot Dawg heater installed in the garage, and it is GREAT. It runs off natural gas, and is 75,000 BTU's. This is the first heated garage I've ever had, so I'm really loving it. I imagine that most with garages on here are already heated, but I thought I'd share incase anyones interested in heating their garage. This heater has been working great so far.

  2. SteveJ

    SteveJ Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    :D:Disn't it a wonderful thing?:D:D
  3. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    It really is... haha.

    This is the first time I've seen you post, thats a NICE truck you have in your signature! I can never decide wether I like the new chevys or GMC's. When the time comes, I'll just go with what ever dealer is better. But that truck looks great.
  4. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I put my 9 year old house furnace in my garage, When I replaced my furnace with a 95% effective gas. the old one was 80%,, dont do what I did last year I set the heat too high and paid thru nose 1000sq with 10.5 ceiling, Now I keep it at 45 and only raise it when needed
    I same as you with the insulation 6 inch in the ceiling and 3 inch in the walls
    have not got around to order the 10ft or 12ft sheets of SheetRock.

    one thing I like about yours is it does not take up floor space.
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    Ya, I'm going to have to sheetrock the celing. But its going to be a real pain with all the lights I have installed already, and I have a whole plumped compressed air system installed hanging on the ceiling aorund the garage, garage door openers, etc... I have considered a drop celing, but I only have 12 foot ceilings and my 4 post lift barely clears as it is.
  6. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    i dream of the day that i install the a heater my garage. this summer i ran the gas line and a new service drop to it so hopefully soon i will have heat.
  7. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    They are a wonderful thing. If you can afford it, thats the catch. I know a couple people who have them, one person uses a woodstove which works really well, the other uses recycled oil (from oil changes) that works well too, says its weird to just have too much oil sometimes :)

    NEUSWEDE Senior Member
    Messages: 949

    I was thinking wood stove for mine but I like that idea. I just found out the other day I have natural gas at the street. Any ballpark on what that run for price? How efficent is it? I just got mine framed in so it will be awhile before I need one but like how it hangs from the ceiling saving floor space
  9. Jello1

    Jello1 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Very nice, that'll keep you warm.
    Makes it easier to fix trucks or equipment when you can pull it in and turn on the heat.
  10. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    Very nice
    Bet you are warm
  11. mike33087

    mike33087 Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    sweeet... how bout a shot of the whole garage
  12. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    before this site i didnt know people had non-heated garages lol

    we keep ours around 70* man its nice to work on the truck/plow in and let it all melt off.

    congrats! enjoy it!
  13. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    I just got it installed last week, and total install cost me $2575. And thats running a gas line across my basment which is about 60 feet long, and then up into the garage. The heater itself was about $800. I'm not sure of the efficency yet. My garage is 21 feet by 21 feet and it has 12 foot ceilings. It is just the one thats attached to my house, which I really don't think was origionally built to do what i do in there. Which is why I have such big space issues. Unfortunately I can't even fit the truck with the plow in there. I can fit the truck alone though.
  14. Chadly1980

    Chadly1980 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Awesome! My GF's dad works for Modine in Ill. and actually I helped him install his HOT DAWG this past Thanksgiving....he's got a nice garage that holds up to 5 cars...10ft doors, 4 main stalls and one bump out on the end so we can turn his corvette sideways in the winter for storage...bam, extra parking spot or working area!
  15. SteveJ

    SteveJ Senior Member
    Messages: 141


    Been here 4 days, a newbie on this site, not to plowing. Thanks for the compliment on the new 08. I like both. Ford and Dodge are ok in my book too. Just don't pass me rice with soy sauce on it!


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  16. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    HAH rice with soy sauce on it. Thats great. Ya, I'm a big time GMC/Chevy guy. But as long as its American I'm alright. I know that could start a whole thread on its own.
  17. v-plower

    v-plower Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I just moved and the last owner had the garage piped for gas but never put in a heater. It is set up the same way as yours for a hanging gas heater.
    The garage is 24'x36' and I was thinking I could get away with a 50k btu??
    Did the company you went with say that you could use a smaller heater or is that the one they suggested?

    Looks good!! I'm psyched to get my garage heated. I froze my ass off today as it is like 5% colder in my garage than it is outside.
  18. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    I would just go with the 75k. If my garage is at 20 degrees it takes about an hour to bring it to 70. The higher btu, the less the heater will be on. And theres almost no price difference between the two. They said I could have gotten away with a smaller one, but theres no reason to try to "get away with it". So it went with the 75k btu.

    Also, those mr heater ones in the northern tool catalog are about half the price as the hot dawg, but everyone I talked to said that the quality of everything in them just don't even compare. And where its gas, I didn't want to skimp on anything. I want my house to still be here in a week. Gas really makes me nervous cause I've herd so many horror stories about it.

    Good Luck!
  19. SnowMP

    SnowMP Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Great useof space!

    Sure beats the hell out of a caroseen heater in the way all the time. Slammed my door into it twice after pulling in and getting out. Forgot it was there.:angry:
  20. v-plower

    v-plower Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Yeah I was looking at a 50k btu for around $500. I would rather spend more for better quality though like you did.
    There is a storage area above the garage so I need to insulate like crazy before I do anything.