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After three hours with a undersized hammer drill we punched a 3" x 12" hole in my (three course thick) brick garage wall to vent a Monitor K-1 heater that I hope will keep the shop toasty this winter. Its running now even though it's only 44 degrees out at the moment. Anyone on this forum have experience with these? It's the smaller unit. I am in Southern Maine. What are you all doing for the winter?
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My shop never gets colder than about 45 degree since it's semi underground...however I'm getting tired of heating it with a salamander when it's really cold out. Posts pics of your new heater. I'm installing a new propane furnace in the house now...thinking of going to something different in the shop.
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My shop never gets colder than about 45 degree since it's semi underground...however I'm getting tired of heating it with a salamander when it's really cold out. Posts pics of your new heater. I'm installing a new propane furnace in the house now...thinking of going to something different in the shop.
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i use a barrel wood stove and i can work in the shop in a tee shirt and shorts sweating...

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i use a barrel wood stove and i can work in the shop in a tee shirt and shorts sweating...

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my garage is under so stays above 40 and I can get it to 60 in an hour with a kerosene heater, basement has the bike stand and never goes below 60..

I have some friends who have had a condo and now a house in Killington, they heated the condo for 20 years with a monitor with only supplmental electric in the bathroom..they work great I'm told.

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I tried using an old propane furnace last winter, had the propane tank delivered etc., then the furnace died. Since I had the tank already, I opted for a cheap wall mounted propane heater, the "ventless" type, which means it doesn't exhaust outside. It also gets it's air from in the garage, so you have to crack a window or door if you have a tight garage. Anyway, I hate it. After I've been in there for a couple hours I have a headache, I smell like propane exhaust, and the heat isn't that great to begin with. It takes a while for it to get to 60, and just seems like it won't go much higher.
The other winter heating problem is that if you turn the heat off, and the ambient temp drops back under freezing, when you heat up the room again you get condensation on all the metal surfaces, not good for cylinders, tools, etc.
The answer would be to leave the heat on all the time, which would mean I'd be heating the garage for several months and only actually using the space for several hours a week.
BTW,Moniters are great, I would've gone that route but I was too cheap.

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FR,
The condensation is coming from the propane exhaust. A major by product of burning propane is water. That's why the new 95% efficient propane furnaces have a complete condensate drain system.
If you use another form of heat it won't be so bad.
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The condensation is coming from the propane exhaust. A major by product of burning propane is water. That's why the new 95% efficient propane furnaces have a complete condensate drain system.
If you use another form of heat it won't be so bad.
JohnnyB
GREAT, sure am glad I went with propane! Thanks JohnnyB, good to know.

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Propane is only a problem if it's vented inside.

I learned all this the first time I heated my race trailer with propane and all the interior walls were dripping condensation.
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