If your hands get too cold, you might find yourself dropping tools or not being able to complete jobs you want to do with the frigid temperatures. Some people just like to hang out in the garage, but do not want to freeze themselves while they are hanging out in the “man cave.” A solution can be found by way of a kerosene heater.
They can heat larger areas well and are relatively inexpensive to operate. If the power goes out, a kerosene heater makes you a little more comfortable in low temperature situations.
Best Convection Kerosene Heater
This kerosene heater – Dura Heat (DH2304) Portable Indoor Convection Kerosene Heater has a tip type shut off, and can heat an area as large as 1000 square feet. The heat is directed out from this unit in a 360 degree area. It is a source of light as well if the power goes out.
Fuel burning heaters need maintenance, which you will need to provide this heater annually. If you need to move or transport this unit, make sure to remove the fuel to prevent spills and potential fire hazards. You may need to do research in your area to determine if this type of heater is allowed for use. There are some state and local rules and prohibitions regarding kerosene heaters. It is recommended that you have the proper ventilation when this unit is in use.
One customer fired up this heater and used it in his garage to heat it while he was working. Outside temperature was in the single digit range. His garage heated up to about a 58 degrees difference from outside temperatures within the duration of two hours. During this time it used about 1/4 of a tank of fuel. The person had to open a window because fumes from the unit made him cough (he mentioned that this is recommended in the manual.) He was pleased to be able to use his garage in the winter thanks to this heater.
Best Portable Kerosene Heater
The Sengoku (CV-2230) Portable KeroHeat Convection Kerosene Heater provides 10-12 hours of heat for up to 1000 square feet. It works for emergency situations and everyday supplemental heating.
Batteries, a fuel gage, siphon pump, and automatic safety shut off are included. You only need to push a button to start up this kerosene heater. Water can be heated on top of the unit. It weighs about 29 pounds and includes a limited two year warrantee.
One customer who purchased and used the Sengoku KeroHeat for their garage (un-insulated and 20 x 20,) was very pleased with its performance. They said it was in the single digits outside and this unit brought the temperature up to 60 degrees in the garage. They placed a CO2 detector near the unit and it never went off. Customers recommend that you start the unit outside when you first turn it on due to the smell of the fumes.
Best Propane Convection Heater
This propane heater – Mr. Heater (#MH80CV) Propane Convection Heater was designed for workshops, barns, construction sites, and garages. It has the capacity to heat an area up to 1900 square feet. It has a limited one year warranty and provides directional heat to 360 degrees.
You get a push button ignition and heat output control that is adjustable with this unit. No tools are needed for assembling this heater, it has an “Insta-lock” system that helps you with assembly. There are safety features built into the Mr. Heater. Its wide base provides stability and the heater will shut off with the loss of flame.
One customer compliments this heater for only taking ten minutes to heat his garage that is 22 x 30. Because the heat goes up from the unit, another customer recommends a fan be set up in the rafters of the garage to circulate the heat. That customer was able to warm his garage (625 square foot with 14 foot ceilings,) in a short period of time. That customer remarked about the lack of fumes with use of the Mr. Heater.
Best Indoor Kerosene Heater for Garage
One touch shut off is a feature of the Dyna-Glo Indoor (RMC-95C6B) Kerosene Convection Heater. It also heats up to 1000 square feet and has an automatic ignition. As a safety feature, the unit will shut off if it is knocked over.
This heater was designed to be used in warehouses, garages, basements, porches, and homes. Depending on fuel and wick, this unit will put out heat for 8-12 hours. It has a limited one year warrantee. If you do use this heater in the home, it is recommended that you exercise caution, follow all instructions in the manual, and operate a CO2 detector near the heater.
Customers are pleased with the performance of the Dyna-Glo. One says that it is perfect for garage and workshop use. Several recommend that you open the window when this heater is in use, just to be cautious.
One user mentioned that there is no smell to this unit except when you light it and when you put it out. Another customer was impressed with how the Dyna-Glo heated up his un-insulated garage. He and his band would use the space to practice, and would be very cold without the heat.
Regardless of the why you use your garage, it is good to have it heated during seasons where the temperature makes it uncomfortable to be there. A
kerosene heater provides economical comfort, if you follow safety tips in the directions. You may want to crack open a window to avoid odor, and use a CO2 detector for safety.