Garages are designed for holding cars, but many people use them for other purposes as well, and some people expand their garage activities so much that the car ends up in the driveway. Heating your garage makes it useful for storage, craft and repair activities all year.
A wood stove is a particularly appropriate heat source if you do woodworking in your garage and create scraps that you need to get rid of. A wood stove turns a problem into a benefit as you can use your waste wood to keep yourself warm. A wood stove needs to be installed safely, with proper spacing from walls and other combustibles and with a solid and properly installed chimney. Wood stoves are not appropriate if you need to keep your garage heated when you're not present.
Purchased in many sizes and in styles that sit on the floor, propane heaters also mount on the wall or hang from the ceiling. Some propane heaters have built-in fans that help to circulate heat. To use a built-in propane heater, you will need to install a large propane tank at your residence if you don't already have one. If you already use propane for other things, putting a propane heater in your garage and hooking it up to your existing propane system is fairly easy. Propane provides relatively inexpensive heat and can be put on a timer so it heats your garage when you're not there.
Electric heaters can be an expensive method for heating a garage, but they are clean, relatively easy to install and don't make any noise when they heat. Like propane heaters, electric heaters are manufactured in a range of styles, including baseboard heaters, ceiling-mounted units and portable units. Baseboard heaters are generally not the best choice for a garage because of the risk of being hit and damaged by cars, tools and stored items. Baseboard heaters can also be dangerous if flammable items are left pressed against them, something that can be a higher risk in a garage that is used for storage.
Most portable heaters are powered by propane, kerosene or electricity. If you use either of the first two, provide for adequate ventilation within your garage. If using a kerosene heater, put it in a location where it won't be knocked over as this can present a fire and safety hazard. As long as they are used safely, portable heaters can be a good solution because they are flexible, mobile and relatively cheap to buy.
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