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#1 Natania

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:57 AM

I currently have a space heater (well, actually two) to heat my studio, but they are barely adequate. Someone recently told me about a propane fired one that mounts to the wall and vents outside and which has a thermostat One brand is called Rinnai (hope I spelled it correctly). Does anyone use one of these types of heaters, and if so, do they work well?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:07 AM

It will probably work much better than the elect space heaters. I use a Mr. Heater (the double-sized one) propane heater to heat up my studio then turn it off and let two electric heaters keep it warm.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

My father-in-law has one of those wall mounted propane heaters in his garage. It works well.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

We have one in a sun porch, a Rinnai that runs on natural gas. It is at one end of an 8x25 porch. We keep a ceiling ran running on low speed at the other end of the porch, and the heater does a great job. We had to locate it at the end, because code required it be a certain distance from any window above it. We also found a remote thermostat online which we were able to install ourselves. It is in the middle of the room and is not directly wired to the heater. If you want more specifics about the thermostat, let me know.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

Do you have a south facing wall - this may help defray some of the costs for heating. A pop can heater. Posted Image It looks simple and easy to do.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

I have a wall mounted propane fed heater in my studio it seems to do a good job of keeping things toasty. The propane tank is a big one that's outside my house and the contractor joined the heater into the gas line for the fireplace. All in all I'm very pleased with it. Oh and sorry I don't know off the the top of my head which brand I have.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:28 PM

Do you have a south facing wall - this may help defray some of the costs for heating. A pop can heater. Posted Image It looks simple and easy to do.
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=XsF9RvVxFc4


Interesting. Thanks for posting it.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:53 PM

I have found those overhead heaters in clay studios create an uneven draft. If you use one, be sure to cover your work well so you won't get uneven drying and warping.
I used an old kerosene heater for overnight to prevent freezing. Then a wood stove during the day.
Down in South Texas, I don't have heat, just A/C.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:17 AM

I have found those overhead heaters in clay studios create an uneven draft. If you use one, be sure to cover your work well so you won't get uneven drying and warping.
I used an old kerosene heater for overnight to prevent freezing. Then a wood stove during the day.
Down in South Texas, I don't have heat, just A/C.

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I've thought of a kerosene heater but apparently they are illegal in Massachusetts. Someone told me to cross into Connecticut and just buy one there, but I guess it made me a little nervous. I also thought of a wood stove but I don't think I can spare the room. The whole studio is only 10 x 12' , And in such a small place id probably get blasted out by the heat if i did have one in there. We have one in the house though, which works wonderfully.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

how about one of those directional infra red radiating heater? No blowers .

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

how about one of those directional infra red radiating heater? No blowers .

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I looked a few up quickly online and this looks like a promising option. Thank you! I am hoping to find one that works on propane since it seems easier to procure than kerosene (which I always think of as a dirty type of fuel, but maybe I am wrong?). I will do more research when I have time. I like the idea of no blower very much.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

We have a kerosene heater for occasional use in the garage. We have used it onc. The fumes smell awful.

Potter friends had one of these in their studio. I liked it so much I bought it from them when I retired.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

My parents have had an infrared heater for years, in their living room, and love it. It does seem to do a good job of keeping a good portion of their main floor warm. They recently bought another, for their bedroom, at the opposite end of the house. So they just have those running, and turn down the main thermostat in the house.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

They do look great. However, one of my concerns is that after I am done with a work session in the winter, is it safe to leave the heater on low all night to let the ware dry out and not freeze when I am not in the studio? Right now I can get the temp. semi-comfortable for working if it isn't too arctic outside, but I don't like leaving the little cheapo electric space heater on all night when I am not in the studio...are the infrared ones made to be left unattended?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:27 PM

If you are looking for an safe all night heater get a oil filled electric one they come in baseboard or roll around types-they heat slowly over time and and will keep space from freezing.They will be less affective to really heat a cold large space but will keep it from the freeze.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:34 PM

We put one of these in my new studio. Price is fairly reasonable, but not 'cheap'. The thermostat goes down to 41°, so we can keep it just above freezing:

http://www.homedepot...s&storeId=10051

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:47 PM

We put one of these in my new studio. Price is fairly reasonable, but not 'cheap'. The thermostat goes down to 41°, so we can keep it just above freezing:

http://www.homedepot...s&storeId=10051

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I have a brick garage that is separate from the house, single car. I have to have heat over night whenever I am working so that the temp of the bricks does not get to cold. I use a plug in infrared box for that. During working hours in the winter I also run a garage heater-wired in 220V. The two of these will get the garage up to 58-60F. on cold days, I wear insulated pants and base layer 2 tops to work in. Cold so most of the time I work more in the Fall, Spring and Summer. However, I have some orders I need to get out so I have been running the heat-still cold.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:24 AM

We put one of these in my new studio. Price is fairly reasonable, but not 'cheap'. The thermostat goes down to 41°, so we can keep it just above freezing:

http://www.homedepot...s&storeId=10051

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That looks pretty good. Is the fan subtle?
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

I have an overhead 5K watt, 240v heater installed in my garage studio (one car size). I had a thermostat installed to give me more discrete control. Low setting is 40 degrees, which keeps things from freezing during winter, although in Northern VA, many days I just leave it turned off at night or when I'm not working. When working, I usually set the thermostat to 60 degrees, which allows me to work comfortably. I also added some insulation to the garage ceiling.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:39 AM

I have used an oil filled electric heater in my shop to supplement the heat I have. My shop is attached to my house and has a vent from the house for the shop, but it doesn't begin to heat it, just keeps it from freezing. I have forgotten to turn off the electric heater at night a couple of times and the shop is very hot the next morning. It does take a while to heat up the shop so I turn it on first thing in the morning before I do anything. My studio is well insulated sounds like you have a lot of windows you may have to put plastic over them to cut down on heat loss. Is your floor concrete? You might think about tiling it and putting a heated floor mat under the tile. Denice




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