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Shop Heat

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by nick858, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. nick858

    nick858 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 145

    Wasnt sure where to post this... What do you guys use for heat in your shop? I have a 1200 sq ft shop, and am trying to decide on this. Should have went with floor heat, but thats a lost cause now. Anybody use electric heaters, The tube style heater is what I would like, but its a little more money than Id like to spend.
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We've used a tube heater in our shop for 18 years and it's required very little maintenance. We just put an addition on so we bought a waste oil furnace, so we're hoping it's as good.
  3. DeVries

    DeVries PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,685

    Floor heat is the way to go.

    We use the overhead tube heater and have had it in the shop for a few years now and it's great.
    Our old shop has wood heat, works good but takes a while to heat the place up.
  4. sherwin

    sherwin Member
    Messages: 46

    We've always used a Modine run on propane. We just picked up an outdoor wood burner and are in the process of running the water lines to the shop. Then we just hook up a modine that uses the hot water and blows warm air. We have a cast iron stove that works great, but needs tending to and takes a while to heat up. Between the three we should stay nice and cozy. The propane is nice to keep things above freezing and instant heat, the other two are more for when we will be working in there or need to thaw things out.
  5. DKG

    DKG Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    My shop is heated using an outdoor wood boiler connected to a unit heater. Previously we used tube heaters with no problems.
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    We are planning on using a corn pellet heat this winter. Nothing like a Nipco heater for a quick thaw tho.
  7. nick858

    nick858 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 145

    Ya I know the floor heat is the way to go, but its too late for that now. Anyone use just a regular furnace?
  8. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i use a commercial 90% efc. gas with a snout out the top and it works great for the 6200' shop.
  9. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    Luckily, the building we just bought has in floor heat :)
  10. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    In Oklahoma we use the sun!!!!!! No really I have had much luck with the "Val 6". Do a google search and learn.
  11. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    If you go with a regular furnace consider isolating it from the rest of the shop. This keeps it from lighting off any fuel leaks or spills with the pilot light. My Dad had his inside a block enclosure with a man door in it. The room was vented to the outside for combustion air.
  12. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Aren't they banning the use of those around here?.
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Sorry it's a waste vegtable oil furnace.;) That's how they got around it, mines brand new.
  14. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Now hypothetically speaking, if the place goes up in flames can they determine ones using waste oil instead of veggie oil?
  15. Young gun

    Young gun Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    We heat a 5000 sq. ft. shop mainly with wood. Takes awhile to heat up but cheap. The place is well insulated. For back up I have over head radiant heat using a propane tank.
  16. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Get an out door boiler they work great.
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Farmers are allowed to burn waste oil for some reason, others are not allowed. Used oil to me seems alot cheaper then wood and alot easier. Everyone seems to want to give me oil now, that I have a furnace. I'm not sure if you would get in trouble if they found out what you were burning. I think your insurance company may be able to answer that.
  18. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188


    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Radiant tube in the one shop and geothermal infloor in the new shop. It's new so I can't wait to see what it won't cost to heat the new house and shop. House is 4650sq ft, garage is 1200 and the shop is 2400. Going by what I was told it should only cost around $1,200/year to heat and cool.
  20. nick858

    nick858 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 145