Working in the garage in the winter can be cold business so I began to wonder, Do Propane Heaters Work – Are They Safe for the Garage?
So, I had one of those little tiny box heaters that put off decent heat when used indoors. You know the kind, about the size of a tissue box. But after 2 winters of freezing in the garage working on my cars, I decided I needed to be warmer.
Hey everybody, Steve here and today’s video is about heat in the garage. For the last what? This is the third winter in a row that I’ve been bringing videos to you from the garage and I will say that the last two winters were rather uncomfortable. This is all I had to keep me warm and let me tell you something, it didn’t keep me warm.
So, a few days ago, my wife went to Lowe’s and she got me one of these and to be honest it really wasn’t that much better than the one that I just showed you. I guess it’s infrared or whatever. But anyhow, it was in the garage for four hours and it only heated up the garage 2 degrees so I decided to get something with a little bit more power.
So, I opted for this. This is a Craftsman 60,000 BTU forced air propane heater and I’ve had my eye on these for a long time but I’ve put it off because well you got to have propane to run it and I was concerned about safety. But what alleviated my concern about safety I was able to get one of these. This is a First Alert, it has a sensor for carbon monoxide, it has a sensor for propane and for a couple other gases I’m not sure exactly which but propane and CO were the things that I was concerned about. And we’re going to go ahead and test this unit and we’re going to try to answer two questions:
- Does it heat? and
- Is it safe?
So, let’s fire it up and see. First thing I’m gonna do is open my garage up a little bit to get some fresh air in here. So, the directions said turn it on and leave it on for 5 minutes before use which I just did.
Alright, so it’s been running for about 15 minutes and it’s warmed up, I think around 15 degrees. One thing that you’ll notice is it’s extremely loud. I will not be able to do any filming with this thing on. I think it’s good enough to where I can basically just come down in the garage fire it up, let it run for 15 minutes, shut it down. I’ve got a zero reading on the carbon monoxide meter so that’s good.
For those of you who are curious, I know I was, I decided to let it run for 10 minutes with the garage completely close and take a reading off of the First Alert and here’s what I saw.
Alright, so just to be clear I’m not advocating running these things with your garage door closed and no fresh air circulation. I just did as a test to see what the reader would say after a certain period of time. I fully intend on running mine with the garage door cracked so that I get some fresh air in here all the time.
So, my initial thoughts on this thing is that it works really, really well, it is very loud, it heats the garage up very, very quickly and I’m very happy with it. I’m also happy with that zero reading on the First Alert. So, I’m gonna go ahead and give it a thumbs up.
My name is Steve. I hope you enjoyed the video. If you did, please comment, like subscribe and I’m going to get back to working on the Tahoe here. In the meantime, I’ll see you in the next video.