Propane Garage Heater
Using a propane garage heater is an eco friendly, efficient heating option for your garage. Many permanent and portable models are available to fit your needs. Mr. Heater is a very popular brand with a variety of available sizes and styles.
The picture you see to the right is a Lennox brand propane fired heater that hangs from the ceiling in an oversized 2 car garage. Fuel comes from an external propane tank, but the heater can be easily modified for use with natural gas.
This little heater is up and out of the way but does an excellent job heating the garage at a moment's notice. Having a heated garage might seem like a luxury to some, but once you have tried it, you may wonder how you ever got along without it!
Mr. Heater Big Maxx Model #MHU75LP - 75,000 BTU Propane Garage Heater
This ceiling mountable forced air propane convection heater is ideal for larger garage and shop spaces up to 1,000 square feet. With 75,000 BTU of heating capacity, this hard-working LP garage heater offers a low profile design and power exhaust for horizontal or vertical installation.
NOTE: This is a permanently installed unit that requires piping and proper venting. A building and/or mechanical permit is likely necessary. Check with your installer and local building authority.
Mr. Heater Model #MH40LP - 40,000 BTU
With no electricity required and easy installation, this infrared radiant garage heater is ideal for your 500-600 square foot garage or workshop. This overhead mounted unit will even work during a power outage. Features include:
Note: Check local codes for installation requirements.
This portable, high capacity propane heater is ideal for temporary heating of garages, workshops, warehouse and construction worksites. This 200,000 BTU heater is a real workhorse, with a no-tip design and minimal assembly required. Features include:
Note: This high output unit is design for use on non-combustible surfaces and in areas that are well ventilated.
This portable, radiant LP garage heater will heat up to 800 square feet of garage or workshop space. Direct, radiant heat is very efficient, with about 12 hours of use from a standard, 20 pound propane tank. Features include:
A propane garage heater can be used not only for heating your residential garage, but also for any other commercial heating purpose. Propane heaters use pressurized LP (liquefied propane) gas to quickly heat non-insulated spaces, including construction sites and garages. They are extremely handy and many models are portable.
Propane heaters are great as garage heaters since they are very cost effective. Heating a non-insulated garage with an electric heater can add a lot to your electricity bill. However, a propane fired heater can generate heat when you need it, and quite efficiently.
The size of your heater depends on the size of your garage. Larger garages require more BTU (British Thermal Units) and vice versa for smaller garages.
Your heater should have a thermostatic temperature control to automatically shut down the heater once a certain temperature is reached. A low oxygen sensor in a garage heater is also a nice feature if available, as it will turn off the heater if oxygen levels become too low.
If an LP garage heater is mounted on the wall or on the ceiling, adequate clearance around the heater is very important.
The great thing about an LP garage heater is that they run on liquefied petroleum gas, which is very eco-friendly. You will also save on your electricity bill.
Some downsides to using propane heaters are that you will have to refill the propane and you need to be aware of leakage. Propane heaters also require adequate ventilation for safety.
An electric garage heater is extremely easy to install and does not require ventilation. Electric heaters can be portable or permanently installed, and they are typically fitted with a number of safety features. However, the operating cost of an electric heater may be high, especially when it is very cold and if your garage is not insulated.
A natural gas garage heater, like propane models, will require ventilation in the garage. Though the upfront cost of a natural gas model is more than other options, the operating cost is much less. In addition, the fact that these heaters are environment friendly makes them even more desirable.
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