Propane garage heaters are generally the simplest solution for heating your workshop, barn, or garage. A couple common questions come to mind when someone is looking to buy one since there are many options, fire types, and features that ar available.
What types of heat come from propane heaters?
These shop heaters will either warm the air in the room or focus radiant heat on an object. If you ar moving around your garage or shop and want the whole thing feeling warm in the air get the former. If you are at a work station on one side of the garage, go for radiant heat. Most models will be denotative as to what types of heat they emit.
What size of shop heater should you consider?
The total output of a propane heater is measured in BTU’s (British Thermal Units). You have to match the BTU with the sizing of the room you want to heat.
The sizing of the propane heater is determined by the total amount of air that in the room. Take your square footage of the room and multiply it by the height. Then take this number and multiply by 3 or 4 depending on how well insulated the room you are in the higher number if poorly insulated.
For example, if you have a 750 square foot garage with 10 foot ceilings, you will need around 22,500 to 30,000 BTUs.
Also many models will give you an estimated square footage that they can adequately heat.
Why use propane versus another(a) source of energy like electricity?
This all depends on your goals. Some like the convenience of just using electricity and never thinking about refilling their propane tanks while others like the idea of having heat in case the power isn’t on or available in their shop at the time.
With a propane heater, you can keep warm regardless of electricity being available.
There are diesel and kerosene heaters as well but these tend to be noisy compared to propane or electricity.
What about proper ventilation?
Always follow the instructions given from the manufacturer. Each propane model will have a vent or hose to get the emissions out of the air that mustiness be followed explicitly for your safety.