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Re: garage heater advice

Subject: Re: garage heater advice
From: David Councill <>
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 13:59:50 -0700
At 08:39 AM 11/30/2002 -0500, wrote:
>I have heated my 2 story house for 8 years with only a ventless propane
>fireplace in the living room.

You must live someplace like Florida where there really isn't a winter.

My two story house (with attached three stall garage) is heated by a force 
air gas furnace and two wood fireplaces. On the bottom floor (basement and 
garage), I use an efficient Blaze King fireplace insert to provide 
supplemental heat and it typically goes through four cords of wood per 
winter. I have already burned one cord just this past month. That heats the 
basement and to some extent, the garage, if I leave the door between it and 
the basement open. I'm thinking of putting a fan by the door to blow the 
warm air in the garage to help as the door is normally closed. The garage 
is heated through the same forced air heat from the gas furnace but it 
typically only  keeps the garage 20-30 degrees warmer than the outside, 
which is a problem when temperatures are below zero (F) ouside. 
Particularly on those brisk days when our high may only get up to ten below 
because then its still below freezing in the garage.

So I have been following this thread with interest. Perhaps an additional 
space heater in the garage. Or alternately, a better way to insulate the 
garage. The two doors are of a wood slat variety so there are small cracks 
between the slats and also at the point where the doors meet the floor (on 
the ends).

Its not a big deal right now but I do spend less time in the garage when 
its really cold outside.

David Councill
67 BGT
72 B

We have not seen any ill effects with using
>this method of heating. Our house is built with 2x6 walls and has vinyl
>siding and double insulated windows so it is well sealed. The old heat pump
>was never enough to heat the house (HVAC man says it was way too small.) I am
>thinking of using the heat pump to heat my basement which is where my lbcs
>and Harley's reside. Just my 2 cents worth.
>bill r
>warm and cozy

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