Top 10 Garage Heaters – All You Need to Know in 2017

Some of you are probably wondering why you even need a garage heater in the first place. I mean, it’s not like your car’s going to get cold or anything, right?Dr. Heater DR966 240-volt Hardwired Shop Garage Commercial Heater

Of course not, it’s just a hunk of metal, glass, and circuits. But you, my friend, are not a hunk of steel. If you’re anything like the average homeowner, then your garage probably serves as a workshop, tool shed, and lounge; it’s like your very own home away from home, but still right in your home.

Unfortunately, most garages are not insulated and don’t have AC. So you can imagine how painful, uncomfortable and impractical it’s going to be working with frozen fingers. Working in extremely low temperatures is no fun, but it’s nothing that a little heat can’t fix. We’ve done the hard yards to bring you the best garage heater for the job and everything you need to know about these appliances.

But for our more impatient readers, we’ll dive right into the top 10 best heaters for your garage. 

Mr. Heater F232017 MH9BXRV Buddy Grey Indoor-Safe Portable RV Radiant Heater

Mr. Heater F232017 MH9BXRV Buddy Grey Indoor-Safe Portable RV Radiant HeaterLet’s be frank for a quick second here. Don’t you just loathe it when the power fails?

Apart from power failure over the winter, there are also some areas where it’s not all that reliable. But you should not have to miss out on your duties just because there’s a little chill in the air or the thermometer is at minus.

Introducing North America’s most popular portable gas garage heater, the Mr. Heater F232017 MH9BXRV Buddy is certainly a sight for sore eyes (and fingers too). It is incredibly effective, efficient and covers a heating space of up to 225 square feet.

But that’s not even the best part!

The F232017 actually burns cleanly and is rated safe for indoor use. That’s all thanks to some pretty advanced features that make it possible to use this propane powered garage heater without needing any ventilation. Could this heater be any more cooler (well, hotter, but you get the gist).

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Mr. Heater F232017 MH9BXRV Buddy Grey Indoor-Safe Portable RV Radiant Heater (4,000-9,000-BTU)

North America's Most Popular Portable Propane Heater! This patented radiant 4,000-9,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb. cylinder and is the perfect solution for heating ...

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Mr. Heater

Model

F232017

Item Weight

9.8 pounds

Package Dimensions

14.2 x 14.2 x 8.8 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

F232017

Manufacturer Part Number

F232017

Cover Included

6 complete heaters

Mr. Buddy HeaterMr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant HeaterITEM #: F232000 Model #: MH9BXHmmm, Where do I start with this little gem? This item deserves more than 5 stars, its very rare that you purchase a product and it exceeds all your expectationsMy first time using this was on a Klondike Derby in a 10' x 10' EZ-Up tent with attached sides.Outside temp was hoovering around 30 degrees and was a bit cloudy.The heater worked flawlessly and kept the interior comfortable enough for a heavy shirt or sweater.My second time using the Mr. Buddy was on our winter trip February 20-22 2015. This is where I realized it was truly a great product.The Mr. Heater Portable Buddy was used in an 8 man Alaskan Guide Tent from Cabelas, the outside temp hit a low of -8°F.The heater worked well enough to warm the tent enough to sit in a light jacket.I was using refilled Propane Tanks, although I ordered the Mr. Buddy (NO FILTER REQUIRED) hose, Mr. Heater Buddy Series Hose Assembly - 10-ft., Model# F273704 we used the one pound propane bottles instead. I refilled a bunch using aMr. Heater F276172 Propane One Pound Tank Refill AdapterWe had another heater, the Mr. Heater Big Buddy, Mr. Heater MH18B, Portable Propane Heater ITEM #: F274865 Model #: MH18B that we hooked to a 30 pound propane tank.Between these two heaters the "Portable Buddy" on low at 4,000 Btu's and the "Big Buddy" on medium at 9,000 Btu's the tent stayed toasty warm all weekend.We even took the "Portable Buddy" to a portapotti and heated the portapotti up to, "Do the 2".I felt comfortable leaving both of these heaters on when we slept, in fact we were stuck in the tent from Friday afternoon till Sunday morning and these were never shut off, we also ran a propane lantern on low at night and used a Camp Chef Everest High Output 2 Burner Stove for hot beverages and cooking.We had a carbon monoxide detector in the tent and it never once beeped, even after frying some porterhouse steaks and as load of potatoes.The Mr. Buddy Series heaters make no sound at all, has zero smell, are easy to use and are incredibly efficient.The piezo ignition works well, but I want to point out one thing, if the heater is pitched back slightly, the pilot will not light the propane , this is due to the angle of the ceramic, just make sure its on a flat surface. I would just tilt the heater slightly forward to ignite the propane.Tanks screw in with a little push to push through the seal in the propane, the fact that the connection swivels out makes changing out tanks easy.
February 25, 2015
We have a 45 foot RV toy hauler and the rear garage isn't very well insulated and the heating vents don't work so well back there. I bought two of these for Christmas and put one back there and used the other next to my son's bed. These things were amazing. With two of these running on low (so the fuel would last most of the night), the thermostat almost never flipped on and our furnace hardly ran. It was down below freezing over the New Year weekend and these heaters kept us comfortable. We were camping for a week and I was afraid we would burn through our large LP tanks if we ran the furnace too long. These really helped us conserve LP. I bought a big case of the smaller fuel canisters at Home Depot and we used one apiece every night. Perfect.The only drawback is the exposed flame in the element. Our family has always had Australian Shepherd dogs and they are very bright. We inherited my mother in-law's Golden Retriever and it's the first time we've ever had a dog with a tail. She is completely loyal and a great dog, but she's as dumb as a bag of hammers. She loved the comfort of lying in front of these heaters, but twice on this trip she caught her tail on fire. Nothing very bad happened, but it seems like this could cause something horrible. Or maybe I worry too much.
January 18, 2017
I bought two of these heaters a year ago for emergencies and they have been sitting in their box ever since. But, when hurricane Sandy knocked out power, they more than paid for themselves. I got them for winter storms and never thought I'd be using them in cold weather after a hurricane. They worked exactly as advertised. These are not whole house heaters. They are great room heaters and make life much more comfortable in an emergency. They have several safety features but I also have a carbon monoxide detector that I keep in the room with them. It's probably like wearing suspenders and a belt but it makes me more comfortable to have a detector as an extra safety precaution. In my emergency supplies I also have a camp stove and lantern. These all take the same one pound propane bottles. I keep a case of the gas bottles on hand. This gives me heat, light, and hot coffee in the morning. I don't like it when the electric goes out but I try to get into the camping trip mentality and make the most out of an uncomfortable situation. These heaters helped me do that and stay comfortable.
November 2, 2012

Want to find out more about the MH9BXRV’s top features? What am I saying, of course, you do!

Features:

  • Boasts of a BTU of between 4000 to 9000 with a 225-square foot coverage
  • Automatic shut off if tipped or detects low oxygen levels
  • Swivel out regulator that connects to propane tank
  • Integrated Piezo sparking mechanism for lighting

Conclusion

Affordable, indoor safe, highly portable and quite effective, the F232017 MH9BXRV Buddy Portable RV Radiant Heater is more than ideal for the weekend warrior who doesn’t have too much space and won’t need too much heat. If you have a small garage and just want a convenient, economical way to keep yourself warm, snug and cozy, this is it right here.

The 1 pound cylinder is perfect for enclosed spaces and it promptly delivers anywhere between 4000 and 9000 BTUs of comfortable, life-saving radiant heat. Since it is fully portable, you can place it directly in your heat path to reap maximum benefits. As for the safety features, Mr. Heater really went all out on this one.

The F232017 MH9BXRV Radiant Heater comes with an integrated auto shut-off feature that activates in different scenarios. This feature shuts off the heater in case it is tipped over, if the pilot light goes off or if oxygen levels get too low. What more could you ask for in a garage heater?

PROS:
  • Compact, lightweight and economical design
  • Packed with an interesting array of safety features
  • Incredible value for the money
  • Fold down handle for easier transport and storage

CONS:
  • Not suitable for larger, less insulated garages

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Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage Heater

Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage HeaterSince 1916, Modine has been manufacturing superior quality heaters. That’s more than a century of good old home heating right there. I’d trust the brand with my very life if it came to that. Their latest release in the form of the Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage Heater definitely shows how far they’ve come from their first ever bulky heater.

Boasting a compact design that can pump a serious amount of 45,000 BTU, the HD45AS0111 is definitely one hot dawg.

But that’s not even the best part guys!

Throughout our entire list, we are yet to see heat coverage that even comes close to Modine’s unit. People with enormous garages, workshops, cellars and commercial spaces will appreciate the large 1000 square feet of coverage.

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Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage Heater 45,000 BTU with 80-Percent Efficiency

Modine Manufacturing Company has been a worldwide leader in thermal management since 1916. We design, engineer, test and manufacture heat transfer products for a wide range of applications and ...

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HD45AS0111

Item Weight

60 pounds

Product Dimensions

26 x 12 x 16.5 inches

Origin

China

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Item model number

HD45AS0111

Size

full size

Voltage

115 volts

Item Package Quantity

1

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

I live in Colorado and this 45000 BTU heater heats my 2 and a half space garage in the winter from 30 degrees to 70 quickly and efficiently taking only about 30-40 minutes. And once heated, doesn't run very long at a time to keep it that way. To be fair, 2 sides and the ceiling of this garage do face inside walls which helps, but even at that it gets cold in there, and does have a 2 car garage door and a side door that goes outside. When I bought this, I was skeptical that It would be big enough and almost ordered the 60000 BTU unit, but after getting this one up and using it through December and January, I could not be happier with it's performance.
February 1, 2016
Was sceptical at first. This little heater warms my garage quickly. A single 20lb propane tank last about a week keeping the garage at 55. The propane goes a little bit quicker the warmer you want temperature. Now you will have to contact seller if you want propane model. Amazon list it as propane but it is natural gas. Modine sells a conversation kit from natural gas to LP for around 50 bucks. Also this unit needs venting. I suggest a side vent rather than a roof vent that can eventually leak.
December 23, 2015
This heater works awesome !! I installed it myself in about 4 hours including cutting in a vent through the outside wall, but the gas line, power and thermostat wire were already roughed in from when I finished the garage in last summer, so I didn't have to run them while installing this heater. I had to use 1 1/2" slotted angle braces to hang it from the ceiling because I wanted it angled and mounted in the corner of my garage. The mounting holes in the heater's hanging brackets are not wide enough to mount it angled without putting additional blocking in the ceiling between standard 24" OC trusses, or using slotted angle braces like I did. I pulled a homeowner installation mechanical permit which added another $65.00 to the cost. I know a lot of people install them without a permit, but if something goes wrong and my garage burns down I don't want my insurance company to have ANY reason to try and get out of taking care of it. $65 is cheap peace of mind in my book and working with the inspector was very easy. I used 3" double wall B vent pipe and fittings sourced locally which are easy to work with and attach to this heater. I do think it's time for Modine to replace the ugly green/ grey color in favor of a more modern/ pleasing one like white, black or silver. They make a limited edition one that is black but it costs a lot more and I couldn't find it on Amazon. This thing looks like it was coated in prison colors lol !! I have a nice bright finished 3 car garage and this thing heats it up fast !! It just looks ugly. I am taking mine apart this spring once I don't need it anymore and having it powder coated white. The inspector and I both like its compact size and quiet operation. I used an Emersen UP310 programmable thermostat also from Amazon which works great and adds a fan only function which is nice if you want to circulate air without the heat on. I mounted the thermostat on a short partition wall shielded from the heaters air flow 12' away. It works great and keeps the heater from short cycling. My garage is properly insulated and drywalled and this heater can handle our Northern Idaho winter with ease, taking it from low 30's to low 60's in the garage in 15 to 20 minutes !! Once warmed up, it runs once an hour or so to keep the temp where I set it. What a difference !! Other than the cosmetics, this thing is great and I highly recommend it !! I only wish I had bought one sooner !!
February 12, 2017

You know where we’re going next; it’s a sneak peek of the HD45AS0111’s top features.

Features:

  • Certified for residential, industrial and commercial use
  • Dual fueling options for gas and electricity
  • Larger than average heat coverage of 1000 square feet
  • Impressive BTU of 45,000
  • Standard power exhaust for side-wall or roof venting
  • Quick and easy install

Conclusion

The Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage Heater utilizes two different fueling options to suit different purposes and different occasions. For those longer, not so chilly days, you can use electricity for convenient heating. However, you can also use the gas option for when your power is out or when you need quick heating.

So, what else can customers look forward to apart from the versatile operation and one heck of a powerhouse?

I’m glad you asked. The HD45AS0111 Hot Dawg Garage Heater also boasts of a highly compact, space saving design, neutral color and quite the silent operation even on full blast. Not to mention how the 85 percent energy efficiency rating makes it worth every red cent. There are also some attachments that can be hooked up for when you need extra ventilation of exhaust.

PROS:
  • Superior industrial strength heater
  • The ability to use two fuel systems is quite remarkable
  • Quiet operation with easy installation
  • Excellent energy saving capabilities

CONS:
  • One of the most expensive garage heaters on the list
  • Requires some hefty ventilation when using gas

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Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Shop Heater

Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Shop 208/240V, 4800/5600W HeaterSo, who’s ready to take a nice roll with the big toys?

For those of you who are new to the brand, Dr. Infrared is fully committed to bringing quality alternatives and supplementary heating products to us at factory pricing. This is why it’s common to see one of their premium heaters priced at a very affordable range. Today, we’re checking out their pride and joy made right here in the USA; the Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Shop Heater.

The DR-988 is the ideal solution for warming non-insulated garages, construction sites, workshops, basements, and any other enclosed spaces. Just one look at this bad boy and you can tell that it was built for heavier duty tasks.

The garage heater runs at a powerful 5600 watts and can effectively heat up an impressive 600 square feet. The unit comes with a built in thermostat that can be adjusted from low setting to high and a built-in cord that keeps your space clean and tidy. And guess what; the fun’s just starting.

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Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Shop 208/240V, 4800/5600W Heater with 6-30R Plug

The DR988 industrial electric garage heater is perfect for warming any construction site, garage, basement, and workshop with its specially designed heating element and features an impressive ...

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i got this for him to replace a kerosene heater that fell apart. he is very impressed with how quickly it heats the garage (we have a 4 car insulated garage with lift bay) and cabinet still remains cool to the touch. its not an immediate burning heat like you would get with a kerosene or propane kind of heater. you can stand in front of it and not be scorched. it moves a great deal of air and the circulation makes it very comfortable in the entire garage. the thermostat keeps a constant temp by kicking on and off as needed. he likes the nice compact size that can be moved around easily and placed where ever.we live in the midwest and the coldest it has been so far this year is 25. it heated the space without any issues. my husband usually lets it run 15-20 minutes before he goes out to work. he usually keeps the garage about 65 to be comfortable while he works.i am happy that he is happy and can work through the winter with no complaints.UPDATE: my husband used this all through the winter and is still very happy with it. on the coldest days (at zero or below) he said it still kept the garage at a reasonable temperature. he had to wear a sweatshirt on those colder days, but that was the only adjustment. since it doesn't scorch you when you are in front of it, he placed it on the floor when he was on the floor working under cars. he says it kept him comfortable and kept an even temperature.
December 7, 2012
|---UPDATE FEB 2014---|The heater is still going strong. I end up using it 3-4 days per week during the colder months, anywhere from 4-8 hours per day. We recently had a real cold snap here with overnight lows at 15 below or colder. The coldest morning in my garage workshop began at 22 degrees. I found that in this extreme cold the heater couldn't warm up my un-insulated garage quite as well. This isn't a total surprise: I'm not an expert in thermodynamics, but it would make sense that a space heater laboring against extreme cold is going to struggle more than just warming up a cool space. Anyway, the 10 degree per hour temperature rise I experience on cold mornings (i.e. going from 40 degrees to 50 degrees in my shop on a morning where it is 20 degrees outside) was halved on bitterly cold mornings. It took the heater 4 hours to raise the temp from 22 to around 40 degrees. In other words, on extremely cold mornings I get more like a 5 degree temperature rise per hour. This is not a criticism of the heater! It was still 5 below outside and I was working in a 40 degree space, so I was quite happy.I will update this review again should anything change.|---ORIGINAL REVIEW---|We have cool to cold weather about 5-6 months out of the year. I have a three-car tandem garage and the tandem spot is my workshop area. It is slightly larger than a 1-car spot and has high, 14' ceilings. It is open to the other 2 spots in the garage. The garage is uninsulated and gets down to about 30 degrees on the coldest nights.I have tried various heating solutions for this space. Conventional home space heaters simply don't put out enough heat at 5,000 BTUs, and I only have one circuit running to the garage so I couldn't run a second space heater. I tried the parabolic dish type heaters, but those tended to create uncomfortable "hot spots" when pointed at a person for too long and as soon as you moved out of the aim of the heater, you were back in the cold. I looked into the petroleum-based heaters that don't need to be vented, but if you do any research on those the health consequences seem like they could be bad.After searching for something more powerful, I came across this DR988 heater. I purchased it along with the Leviton 5376 30 Amp, 250 Volt, Surface Mounting Receptacle. I paid an electrician to run the 240 line and install the receptacle.This heater is exactly the solution I was looking for! It provides a warm, even heat that is blown out with surprising force. It is this air movement that is key, because it means the heater is sucking in cold air from behind it at an equally rapid rate. Putting it on the floor really helps, too. Since hot air rises, blowing the hot air along the floor allows the air to transfer heat to the floor, walls, and furniture before it rises to the ceiling and is wasted (I don't much care to heat air that is 5-10' above me). I point the heater at my primary work location. It is about 4-5' away from me on the floor. The warm air creates a really nice work space right around me, but it never gets too hot or uncomfortable. At the same time, it is warming the air throughout my workshop so when I move to a different spot in the workshop, I find similarly warmed air. It will consistently raise the temperate in the tandem spot in my garage 10 degrees per hour. The warm air trickles out to the two-car spots as well, as that area seems to warm at about 5 degrees per hour.Basically, I can walk into my workshop when it is 40 degrees and I'm wearing a coat and turn this heater on. After 2-3 hours, it is totally comfortable and I'm not even wearing a coat anymore.I did the rough math on the cost to operate this unit. At 19,000 BTUs, it costs me about $0.20 to $0.25 per hour to operate. Very worth it to enjoy working in my workshop year round again. As an added bonus, the always-cold bedroom located above our garage is suddenly much more comfortable on the days when I use this heater to warm up the garage.
March 27, 2013
I've tried 3 different types of 240 volt heaters, ultimately throwing one of them into the trash can, and relegating the 2nd one to heat our living room, if needed. In summary, only the 988 could satisfy my requirements. The other heaters simply did not move enough air to be effective, and because of the low air flow they also got very hot. One was so bad that I wouldn't use it at night, and the other is never used at high power unless we are physically in the room to keep an eye on it.Let's face it - 240 volt heaters are high wattage heaters. When you turn one on, it is going to get hot. 19,000 BtuH is a LOT of heat to dissipate. 19,000 BtuH is nearly the equivalent of 4 "standard" space heaters! We live in an old house of wooden construction. Having a 5,600 watt box sitting on the floor scares me to death - that is an enormous amount of heat concentrated into a very small container.Where the 988 excels is in the design and the CFM of the fan. It moves a tremendous amount of air, and does so very quietly. At nearly 360 CFM, it blows a LOT of warm air vs. a little amount of very hot air. The heater is a straight-through design, and moves air very efficiently. I would not recommend it for small spaces, due to its ability to move so much air. I also would not recommend it as a typical "space" heater for the same reason. This heater is designed to heat "long range" and it does so perfectly.The 988 moves almost 360 CFM of air. If you place your hand in front of it, you will only feel warmth, and the unit never gets hot enough to cause a burn or create a safety hazard. Yet it can heat better than any other heater I've ever owned.My application is somewhat unusual. The heater maintains a bird loft, measuring 12x28 feet. The 28 feet is a very long "throw" for any heater or fan. In addition, the heater must operate 24/7 without personal supervision, so it cannot run hot. The air in the loft isn't clean, and clogs nearly any heater I try. The 988 is straight-forward, and I can clean it with a blow gun in just a few seconds, twice a year.This is a distinctivly unusual heater. Due to the volume of air that it moves, you don't get the instant gratification of lesser heaters. Rather than sitting in front of a 1500 W "furnace" and getting just your legs warm, this heater provides just warm air, but across great distances. My first perception was that it wasn't doing much! But over time (and distance) there's nothing else that can touch it. As I said before, my building is 28 feet long! It took me nearly 4 years to find an electric heater that could handle a long and narrow building without spending high hundreds of dollars.Don't be fooled by advertising hype. Regardless of what it is called, or how it generates heat, the numbers don't vary. A BTU is a BTU, and a BTU per watt isn't going to vary, either; there's no getting around that fact. You can buy any flavor of heater you want, but the numbers are always the same. How the resultant heat is distibuted is the key! Quartz, "Infrared" and on and on are ALL the same - the number of Btu's per watt doesn't vary. So be careful!I operate my 988 from a remote thermostat. Most often, the only way I can tell if it is running is to put my hand in front of it. It is VERY quiet, yet it services a 28 foot long building without difficulty. There are no hot spots, the building always feels the same from one end to the other.We used to rely on propane, with dual heaters in the loft. Either of the heaters could easily outperform the 988 in terms of heat output, but even with multiple fans running we still had frozen water and all sorts of frozen floor problems. Due to the 988's air flow, all of those problems are gone. No cold spots, no frozen water, and no drafts - a perfect solution. (Indeed, we even have some chickens that will fly up to the heater and sleep in front of it. The lesser heaters would give us "roasted chicken", but the 988 just keeps them happy!)I would buy this heater again in an instant. It isn't pretty and it won't fit into a small corner. It is red and sticks out like a sore thumb. And it moves a lot of just "warm" air, safely.
February 8, 2012

Let’s dig a little deeper and find out what the top features on the DR988 are shall we?

Features:
 

  • Heats up to 600 square feet with continuous heat
  • Automatic overheat cut-off protection
  • Incorporates thermostat control
  • Built in carrying handle for max portability
  • Finger proof intake and discharge grill
  • Uses a NEMA receptacle power cord

Conclusion

You can already tell by the top features that the Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Shop Heater means business. In addition to being extremely powerful and robust, the heater incorporates all the features you would expect in a high-end model. But despite weighing only 12 pounds, it actually comes with a small frame that packs a lot.

Since it’s an electric garage heater, you simply have to plug it in to enjoy it. But while electric models are known to be more efficient with their power usage, they definitely take much longer to heat a room than gas models.

To save even more power, the Dr. Infrared Heater allows you to toggle between 4800 and 5600 watts. But it’s the safety features that really grabbed our attention on this bad boy. Are you ready for this? Aside from the usual fair that includes auto shut-off and overheat protection, the DR-988 also comes with finger proof protection and discharge grills to keep you safe at all times.

PROS:
  • Impressive heating capabilities of up to 600 square feet
  • Automatic energy saving features save on power
  • Full year USA warranty shouts confidence to customers
  • UL and C-UL listed

CONS:
  • Barely any complaints on this bad boy, except that it’s bright red and sticks out like a sore AC thumb

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Fahrenheat FUH54 240-volt Garage Heater

Fahrenheat FUH54 240-volt Garage HeaterEver wondered why some heaters come with such a hefty price range?

Well, we’re here to demystify that for you. The Fahrenheat FUH54 240-volt Garage Heater might be small, but its strength and attitude make it worth its weight in gold pound for pound. According to Popular Mechanics, this model is perfect for homeowners looking for some occasional heating in mild winter seasons.

The FUH54 240-volt Garage Heater from Fahrenheat measures 13 inches high and almost the same width; making the small but mighty powerhouse able to fit in even the most cramped spaces. But don’t be fooled by the small size.

The garage heater effectively heats workshops, garages, basements and any room smaller than 500 square feet. And what’s more, the appliance comes with a mounting bracket to attach it to either a wall or ceiling. The mount can also be rotated to face any direction you want the heat blasting.

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Fahrenheat FUH54 240-volt Garage Heater, 2500-5000-watt

Ideal for garages, workshops, basements or outside buildings. Rugged, heavy-duty industrial type heater. Built-in ceiling mount bracket for easyvertical or horizontal mounting. Adjustable louvers to ...

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Part Number

FUH54

Item Weight

24 pounds

Product Dimensions

11.2 x 14 x 12.5 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

FUH54

Color

Neutral Gray

Wattage

5000 watts

Item Package Quantity

1

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Great heater for the price. There are a lot of reviews here, but let me clarify a few things that might be confusing from reading those. First, this heater is designed to be hardwired in, not plugged in, and should installed by an electrician unless you really know your stuff. There is no reason to install a plug for it other than if you want to pull this out later and use the line for something else, like an air conditioner, or maybe if you want to have a timer or remote thermostat for the unit. As it comes, it only has thermostat on the front bottom to turn it on and off, and that has no temperature labels on it, you just need to figure out what works for you. I think on the min setting on the thermostat the unit never turns on at all, but I'm not sure - it doesn't "click" off cleanly like most rotary switches. The main thing they could improve would be to have a clear "off" switch, or a clear "off" setting on the thermostat. The unit hangs down about a foot and a half and it's easy to reach the thermostat if the ceiling isn't too high. If I want it off for sure, I throw the breaker. Second, you can set this unit to use different amounts of power by moving some jumper wires inside. It comes set up for max power, but it is changeable if that's too much for your wiring. If you leave it on the max 5,000 watt setting make sure the electrician puts in a 240v line with a 30 amp breaker. [watts/volts = amps, and 5,000/240 = 20.8]. Lastly, it is not a blowtorch despite what the reviews say. The air exiting the unit is warm, not hot, and it is well dispersed. Mine works well to keep a two car garage warm in New England winters.
January 29, 2015
Heavy, solid device. More than I wanted to pay, but better than buying a cheap Chinese heater that has mixed reviews and would die and cost more in the long run. Was going to get a thermostat but easy enough to turn on.Heats up a two car garage/shop, only partially insulated and with yet-unsealed areas. Of course I choose to live in a state that is warmer than Pluto, unlike some reviewers. I think it would work in any area of the world though. Quiet enough, no funny noises.Note on installation: Despite 4-wire plug and wiring harness shown as optional companion items, my model required only two line-ins, one from each pole of a two-pole 30 amp 240v breaker, and a ground wire. 10/2 Romex wire was used. I ran this wire through a wall to a surface mounted box and from there used about 3 feet of flexible plastic conduit with 10 ga stranded wire as supposedly Romex is not allowed in conduit and would be so stiff that the unit could not easily be swiveled.Can be pointed down, but with the adjustable vanes it doesn't matter much.Made in USA. Even the nice looking aluminum motor. Seems very well made.
December 17, 2016
Really impressed with this little unit. If you have a garage that is properly insulated then you will be thrilled with this heater. I have a 2.5 car garage that we just redid this summer. I'm writing this in December in Chicago. Temps have gone down to teens and I have yet to have needed to set this past medium heat. To make sure my electric bill is not taxed, I leave it off unless I need to do some work in the garage. I fire it up 30min before I need it and with a fleece and ball cap I can work on whatever I need. No need for gloves, hands are very comfortable.
December 7, 2014

How about we dive right into the Fahrenheat FUH54’s to features?

Features:

  • Rugged, heavy duty industrial construction
  • Built-in ceiling mount bracket for easy horizontal or vertical mounting
  • Adjustable louvers to direct heat to the desired zone
  • Covers an area of 500 square feet

Conclusion

High-powered, effective, superb quality and even better craftsmanship, the Fahrenheat FUH54 240-volt Garage Heater can definitely be the primary source of heat for your garage, basement or any room that is smaller than 500 square feet. It is constructed with high-grade industrial material that will feel right at home in harsh environments.

One feature that we definitely have to mention is the unit’s ability to produce 2500 to 5000 watts that are more than enough to keep your garage toasty throughout the winter. Now, while most homeowners believe that they need a high-powered propane heater with tens of thousands of BTUs, chances are that you’ll find yourself cracking a window to let the heat out.

The FUH54 Garage Heater offers fewer BTUs that your standard propane heater, but all without the unpleasant fumes, gases, and exhaust. With a thermostat, an easy to install mounting bracket and peak performance, this just might be the only heater your garage will ever need.

PROS:
  • Great for small and medium-sized garages, workshops and cellars
  • Built in bracket makes installation a breeze
  • Longer lifespan thanks to robust construction
  • Extremely quiet operation

CONS:
  • Requires complicated electrical installation since the FUH54 has to be hard wired into a socket

Fahrenheat FUH54 240-volt Garage Heater

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Dr. Heater DR966 240-volt Hardwired Shop Garage Commercial Heater

Dr. Heater DR966 240-volt Hardwired Shop Garage Commercial Heater

Instead of wasting time and money on hefty HVACs, why not aim for a combination of affordable, compact and permanent?

You guessed it; we’re talking about the Dr. Heater DR966 Hardwired Shop Garage Commercial Heater. This bad boy is the absolute heater for warming up larger spaces such as garages, basements, cellars and pretty much any other enclosed space under 600 square feet.

Even with a window cracked open, you won’t be complaining about feeling cold. The DR966 includes a built-in thermostat and an extensive array of safety features that we will get into later on.

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Dr. Heater DR966 240-volt Hardwired Shop Garage Commercial Heater, 3000-watt/6000-watt

Need safe, comfort and quick heat? This DR966 3000/6000W industrial heater can be easily installed in either your new or remodeled building. Dr966 can be your primary or auxiliary heat source for ...

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This heater works really well. I decided to not direct connect the heater to the breaker panel. I opted to buy a 10-3 power cord and attach a 30 Amp lockable plug to it. I bought approx. 10 feet of 3/4 conduit and ran 10-2 wire (black, white, ground) to a box with a 30 Amp receptacle and cover plate attached. I used a double pole 30 amp breaker (240volts) due to the heater being able to draw 3000watts n low and 6000watts on high. The instructions are terrible and also suggest a 35 Amp breaker (instructions say use with 10-2 wire) which requires thicker and more expensive 8-2 wire. (According to the NEC book for electricians). I chose to stick with the 30amp breaker and 10-2 wire as recommend by everyone else that previously installed this heater. I too have not had any false trips of the breaker and everything's works as it should. This heater made my garage a nice 70-75 degrees while the out side temp was a cold 30 degrees. All of the accessories I bought at the big box store and spent about $70. I have included pics so you too can do it yourself. On a scale of 1-10, (10 being most difficult to install), I would rate installing this yourself as a 4, however, if you have never had experience with electrical things, I highly suggest a certified electrician due to 240 volts.
January 17, 2016
Excellent heater, heats my 24x22 garage no problem in a raised ranch style house with 8 ft ceilings. I can get it very warm. I did have to modify it though to get it nice and toasty. The bottom of the plastic housing where the thermostat is was too enclosed and heated up internally before desired temperature was reached in the garage. Which caused the heater to turn off prematurely. I needed up cutting four one inch diameter holes in the bottom of the plastic housing enabling cooler air to circulate through when the fan is running which allowed me to get it hotter in the garage. Other than that I love it and prefer it over my propane heater which I no longer use.If I have one complaint is the air doesn't get super hot coming out nor do the elements glow orange.It takes about a half an hour to get the garage from a chilly 40-45 to 65-70 which I love it nice and warm when I'm working in the garage. The warmer the better.It also will do a very good job maintaining a temperature for a few days overnight while I waited for paint and stain and poly to dry on my projects.One other complaint is it will consume A LOT of electricity if it's running for a few days non stop. My bill went up $100+ when I ran it for about a week straight in 20-30 degree temps.
March 7, 2017
I replaced a smaller 5k cube with this in my 25x25x9 ft workshop.It is partially insulated. This mostly kept up when it got really cold this winter. I still need larger (and would love gas), but this was the easiest solution to install being near the panel. You need a 40A circuit. Don't listen to the reviewers claiming otherwise. Read the instructions if in doubt.- The quality is def better than my $150 cube, as far as build quality and fan.- the mount is good except the instructions claim the back can't be closer than 12" from the back wall ... well, this is a wall or ceiling mount bracket. When mounted to the wall, it faces away from the wall (not parallel) and therefore it's IMPOSSIBLE to gain that clearance. It's more like 9". Well, I have found that if there isn't sufficient spacing behind it the ambient temp inside the unit rises and the unit shuts off too soon. Even with 3 ft behind it (hanging from ceiling) I had to remove the temperature probe and hang it out the back. It's still not enough. I really need it farther away from the unit.- Installing a remote thermostat is not explained well in the instructions and a call to the company got me nowhere. When asked for the amperage rating that I'd need for a thermostat, I was told it doesn't work that way. Ummm yeah it does! Not knowing from the schematic what's inside the "controller circuit" I have to assume that it's possible for a full 33A draw on the thermostat in the event of a failure. I wasn't about to run that gauge wire to a remote thermostat. Why not allow me to plug in a low voltage remote temperature probe??? I could guess and just go with a lower rated thermostat found here, but it didn't seem safe w/o more information.- The unit randomly turns on by itself. That's right, SEVERAL times I've gone out to the barn to find it on, when I KNOW I left it off using the remote. In fact, the first time I found it on, I turned it off with the remote, came back the next day and it was on again. Crazy. I'll have to cut the power for the off season.- I am very happy with the noise level, despite other's complaining.Other than gas, I'd prefer a bigger unit still, but I was unwilling to spend any more money than this at the time, so for what I spend I'm happy with it.
April 27, 2017

But first, let’s cast our camera lenses on Dr. Heater’s DR966 top features.

Features:

  • Heavy Duty 240V Single Phase Commercial Electric Heater
  • CUL/UL listed ceiling or wall mount with included bracket
  • Solid, adjustable louvers for controlled airflow
  • High and low settings on built in thermostat

Conclusion

Can I be totally honest with you? 

The DR966 240-volt Shop Garage heater is engineered to be hardwired into your main power supply. That’s why I told you that this model is ideal for someone searching for a permanent solution. The reason why it has to be directly connected is to ensure enough power gets to the heater.

Alternatively, you could fit a plug and use your normal outlet, just make sure you have enough juice to power the hungry 3000 to 6000-watt heater. The good news, however, is that you can mount the DR966 on the wall for direct heating or ceiling for broader heating. What’s more, there’s even a nifty bracket that lets you do all this with ease. As a bonus, it incorporates all the safety features you expect in a top-class heater.

These include the usual fare such as overheat auto shut off and tip over protection so you don’t have to worry about any accidents. The heavy duty wire grill keeps children, pets, and people safe from getting burned.

PROS:
  • Extremely hardy and durable exterior
  • High-performance heater with hundreds of square foot coverage
  • Comes with louvers for more effective heat spread and direction

CONS:
  • Has to be hardwired directly to power source for effective heating and safe operation

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Dimplex DGWH4031 4000-Watt Garage/Workshop Heater

Dimplex DGWH4031 4000-Watt Garage/Workshop HeateIf you’re looking for a versatile, economical way to heat up your garage, cellar or basement, then you’ll need to pull up a chair and take a seat because we may have found your perfect match. The Dimplex DGWH4031 4000-Watt Garage/Workshop Heater is the epitome of economy for when you need to occasionally heat up a room.

Tipping the weighing scales at only 12 pounds, the DGWH4031 is practically just 4000 watts of pure heat contained in a super compact 11 by 72 by 9-inch stainless steel package. And get this; this volcano monster actually runs at an unbelievable 13,640 BTUs that let you tune the mercury to anywhere between 40 to 80 degrees.

Apart from the powerful capabilities of the DGWH4031, the manufacturer was also kind enough to incorporate a convenient mounting bracket. It allows you to mount this puppy up on any wall, ceiling or attachment you can find hanging around.

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Dimplex DGWH4031 4000-Watt Garage/Workshop Heater

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Garage/workshop fan-forced heater with 4000-watt stainless-steel element; 13,640 BTUs; automatic temperature control from 45 to 77 degrees F; Fan ...

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Part Number

DGWH4031

Item Weight

12.1 pounds

Product Dimensions

11 x 7.2 x 9 inches

Origin

Canada

Item model number

DGWH4031

Color

Almond

Finish

NA

Material

Steel

Wattage

4000.00

Installation Method

Wall Mounted,Ceiling

Item Package Quantity

1

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Warranty Description

1 year limited warranty

Area: Northwest Indiana 45-60 to Chicago.(2014)So I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with this little bugger. When I took it out of the box I thought there is no way this tiny thing is going to keep a 400 sq. ft. garage warm....but it does. I should add I keep it at a low temp of around 45°-50° and i recently insulated my garage walls and the ceiling area, and the door is insulated also.(insulation is beyond helpful!) Even when it was about 10° outside it didn't run much. I like the fact that it melts the snow off my vehicles and when I want to work in the garage I just turn it up and wait maybe 20 minutes and I am race ready. Mine isn't loud like some people reported, gives me a little rattle every now and then but for the $120(Amazon warehouse deal, but it was NIB still) I paid for it I don't mind. I used 50A 220V wire and a 35A breaker on this if anyone is curious, the wire was slightly overkill but I'd rather have more capability than not enough. If you do the calculations for the heater a 35A breaker should be the best one to use. The bracket that comes with this is very solid and allows it to pivot some also so you can aim it properly. And, I have yet to have an issue with the thermostat as some have complained about, but if I do i have no issues buying a $20 digital thermostat to replace it.
January 23, 2015
Hung this out in the Woodshop for the couple months here that need a bit of help to stay warm. Installed easily on a dedicated 20A 240V circuit and works well. I liked that the heating element does not get red hot, as this would be problematic if not downright dangerous in a wood shop. It seems the dust collectors never seem to get all the sawdust, and fine sawdust can be very explosive under the wrong conditions. The only drawback, albeit a minor one for me, is that the thermostat can not be remote mounted, as it keeps the fan running after the heating element is turned of until it cools down to a safe temperature. So while it would be nice to have the thermostat across the room for more even heating, I like the cooldown feature very much, so the remote thermostat limitation is a minor one for my application. It has a fan which makes some noise, so this would not be a good choice to heat a living space, but for the shop? Perfect!
April 14, 2016
I purchased this heater as it is one of the few 220-Volt heaters that only requires a 20 amp circuit. Additionally, the heater came pre-terminated with a NEMA 6-20 plug. The unit is very compact at less than 11" x 10" x 11" cubed not including the buffer space required for installation. I found this heater put out so much heat and circulated the air in my shop (20' x 20') that I often had to turn the heater off in mild temperatures, such as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermostat adjusts from 45 degrees to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.While unfortunately made in China, the heater fan moves a very considerable amount of air where you cannot put anything easily damaged by heat, such as plastic, within five feet in front of the unit. You can use the heater with the wall mount bracket or on a bench top, as the bottom and top of the heater never get dangerously hot, when you allow the heater to cycle itself off afterwards, where it operates as a fan only as it cools down. As a bonus side effect, when saw dust settles on top of the heater, it never burns or smokes.The first unit I received was very loud, where it had a rattle. At first I thought this might be normal, judged by other views. However, I contacted Dimplex support, who emailed me back two business days later stating that this was not normal. They suggested I exchange it through Amazon, which I did. The second unit I received runs perfectly and is extremely quiet for a heater of its magnitude. The rattle appears to be excessive vibration caused by the fan bearing, where you can observe a wobble. The new unit does not exhibit this behavior.See the customer images for a front and rear comparison of the Dimplex DGWH4031 along with the supplied power cable. The mounting bracket, while included, is not pictured. Finally, setup is a breeze and the heater burn in is extremely short, putting out very little odor. With an stainless steel element and all steel construction, this might be the best shop heater you can buy dollar for dollar.
November 22, 2011

Let’s dive straight into the top features before I tell you more about this garage heater.

Features:

  • 13,640 BTUs with automatic temperature control from 45 to 77 degrees
  • Included mounting bracket with heater swivel
  • Compact, safe design
  • 4000 watts of heating power
  • Fan delay that uses residual heat for economical performance

Conclusion

I’ll get straight to the juicy bits. There are very few portable heaters that can boast of the power saving capabilities of the Dimplex DGWH4031 4000-Watt Garage/Workshop Heater. I’m not just talking about the auto shut off that prevents overheating and power wastage. Oh no, that’s not anywhere near the unit’s true potential.

We’re talking about the innovative fan delay that makes the DGWH4031 one of the most economical and energy efficient models out there. This function allows the fan to kick in only after the element has reached a certain temperature and use that residual heat to keep your room warm.

Furthermore, the DGWH4031 heater from Dimplex is encased in a corrosion-resistant material topped off by a powder coat epoxy finish. So whether you have an extremely damp and humid garage or a dry one, the environment won’t affect your heater’s exterior. But like all products, there’s the good side and the bad side.

PROS:
  • Delivers unmatched energy savings
  • Durable, rust and corrosion resistant stainless steel exterior
  • Zero dangerous combustion and no harmful carbon emissions
  • Incredibly high warming capabilities for rooms up to 700 square feet

CONS:
  • All this performance comes at a very noisy cost

Dimplex DGWH4031 4000-Watt Garage/Workshop Heater

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NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater

NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage HeaterHere’s a little fact check about NewAir.

By using the latest and most advanced technology, NewAir continues to give us appliances that make daily life much easier. When it comes to their garage heaters, the NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater is all the evidence you need to become a believer.

The G73 allows you to transform your garage, cellar, basement or any other enclosed area into a warmer, more inviting environment. Just because it’s storming or snowing outside doesn’t mean that you have to hide away in your duvet. Make the most of your time at home by beating the cold with your very own portable heater.

As long as you’re working with an area below 500 square feet, then the NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater will feel right at home. From the outside, the unit features a tough and rugged steel designs that just shouts durability.

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NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater, 17060 BTUs, Ivory

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Nullify; Imported; Built-in thermostat with automatic shut-off protects against overheating; Durable stainless steel construction is built to last; ...

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This heater is ruggedly built and works well. 5kW is sufficient to heat up my insulated garage on a cold winter day. It is a bit loud, but what the heck, it's a garage! My first heater experienced a failure after 14 months. the connector on the heating element broke at a bend where it probably had some stress crack that melted after prolonged use. I emailed the manufacturer with a picture of the failure. (past the one year warranty) I inquired as to repair procedures. Their customer rep emailed me back and offered to ship me a NEW heater! It arrived in less than a week coast-to-coast. They provided a PREPAID return label for the old one. Up and running again and no issues.Now that is customer service!!
February 6, 2015
Product came well packaged. My shed is approximately 450 sqft uninsulated - so I wasn't too hopeful. I ran a 240V line with a 30amp breaker ahead of time. First time the heater was on, it burned off the factory chemicals, so expect that. (This is expected and documented normal.)The coldest night I've had so far was about 39°F and while I don't have a thermometer, the shed was warm enough to work in with a t-shirt after about an hour or so of the heater running full blast. I have insulated my garage door since getting the heater, which seemed to help a ton the next coldest evening in the mid-40s.Mounting bracket doesn't come with screws, so if you're going to mount it, make sure you pick up the necessary lag screws or bolts for your install.If anything on the heater breaks or becomes defective, I'll updat.
November 28, 2016
First of all the fan was bent. I fixed that. I installed it in a 18'x20' insulated work shop with a 8' ceiling. Average outside temperture was 23 degrees.I had it set for 55 degrees.It had a hard time keeping the chill off.Then I received my electric bill of $572.00 for one month!!! My bill used to be $220.00.So needless to say I unhooked it and threw it as far as I could. And no I don't have anger issues.So I did what I should had done in the first place... ran a gas line and installed a gas heater.It only raised my gas bill by $30.00 a month.Wheww.
March 6, 2017

Want to know more about the G73’s most desirable features? Coming right up.

Features:

  • Durable stainless-steel construction that is built to last
  • Heats up to 500 square feet of shops, garages, worksites, cellars, and basements
  • Requires 30 amp circuits for set up
  • Built-in thermostat
  • Automatic shut-off protects

Conclusion

Alright, before you start complaining that this is just another average, hardwired model, just listen for a bit. One of the things that you’ll notice is that the NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater has an uncanny ability to spread warmth quickly, evenly and extremely efficiently.

And that’s just the half of it! You’ll be impressed by how easy and flexible the installation is.  

That’s right; you won’t need any plugs or fancy connections. All that’s required of you is to simply hardwire it to where you need the most heat, and you’ll never have to worry about that again.

However, the mounting bracket is built on a swivel so that you can at least target the airflow to where you want it. And speaking of targeting airflow, the G73 makes use of adjustable louvers that boost the directionality even more.

Last but not least, you have all the safety features you expect in a good heater. This includes auto shut off as well as finger proof grills to keep your fingers safe.

PROS:
  • UL and CUL listed for safe operation
  • Durable construction means more value for your money
  • High BTU translates to faster, more even heating

CONS:
  • Has been touted as quite the power-hungry heater

NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater

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Optimus H-9010 Garage/Shop Ceiling or Wall Mount Utility Heater

Optimus H-9010 Garage/Shop Ceiling or Wall Mount Utility HeaterNow that we’ve seen some pretty hefty and traditional heaters, it’s time to break the time barrier with a modern, futuristic design.

This petite little fellow weighs only 8 pounds and has been voted on more than one occasion as the best wall and ceiling mounted heater on the planet. But don’t be fooled by the small size, the Optimus H-9010 Garage/Shop Ceiling or Wall Mount Utility Heater packs quite the unbelievable punch.

The heater lets you choose between 750 to 1500 watts of sun-like heat, and it even comes complete with a soft light for an added touch of ambiance. Of course, you can choose to use to use the heat without the light since both are independent of each other.

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Optimus H-9010 Garage/Shop Ceiling or Wall Mount Utility Heater

The Optimus H-9010 is perfect for your garage or shop setting and can be ceiling or wall mounted. The heaters instant 600/1200 watt sun-like heat provides a soft light for added ambiance. Heater ...

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I purchased this heater because I had good experiences with a Marvin infrared heater of similar design and capacity. The Marvin failed after many years of dependable service, and since they are no longer in business I choose this Optimus brand.I purchased my first Optimus H-9010 about a month ago, and have been so pleased with it that I purchased a second one which I installed yesterday. Here are my impressions:o The stated specification of 600/1200 Watts is incorrect or has been changed. My heaters are clearly labeled as being 750 / 1500 watts, and testing with an amp meter confirms this is about right as it draws 6.3 / 12.3 amps.o The installation is easy and convenient, the mounting bracket is long enough to straddle two studs spaced 24 on center. Mounting bolts are included.o Once mounted, the heater can be rotated through 90 degrees - that is tilted 45 degrees off vertical each way.o Build quality seems good, about the same as my original Marvin heater. Indeed, aside from the addition of the light, this Optimus seems to be the same design as the Marvin.o The unit needs to burn off a bit of factory residue, and it will stink a bit for the first 30 minutes of run time. After this period it runs clean with no smells or odors whatsoever.o The cord is a generous 82 inches. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is at least 14 gauge and as short as possible.o The switch, activated by tugging on the convenient cord, has the following modes: (0)-Off (I)-Lamp On (II)-one quartz element glows (750 Watts) & Lamp On (III)-both quartz elements glow (1500 Watts) & Lamp Ono The light is a 25 Watt Halogen bulb with a G9 base. It swivels in up-down and left-right so it can be aimed where you want it. Of course this is too tiny a lamp to be used by itself for any serious work, but it never hurts to have extra light in ones shop. I like it, and I don't mind that it is always on while the heat is on, but if it's a problem I guess one could just remove the bulb.o Operation of the unit is completely silent, with the exception that there are some slight noises as it begins to warm up (due to metal expanding, I presume).o There is no built in thermostat, the unit is either on or off which is probably adequate for most folks. I rigged up a wall mounted thermostat that powers a ceiling socket, so I can set the heat to any desired temperature (typically about 55-60 degrees), and have found this quite convenient as I can turn down the heat when I'm not in the shop (to about 40) but still ensure that it will not freeze.o This ceiling mounted heater seems very safe in a dusty environment such as a woodworking shop, because it points down, keeping the red hot rods clean and dust free. In about 5 years of use (with my original Marvin heater) I never had any safety issues, even though I occasionally allow some heavy dust to accumulate on the top of the unit.o Another nice effect of these ceiling heaters is that when I have glue-ups or finishing jobs I can place them on the bench directly under the heater and they will cure faster than if place off in a colder corner.As stated in the title, I use this heater in my woodworking shop, which is actually a converted double garage, about 680 square feet in size, located in the Southern Interior of BC Canada. It is insulated, with a wood floor over the concrete slab. The automatic garage doors, which leaked a lot of air and heat, have been removed and walled in. Before I removed the automatic garage doors and covered the cement floor with wood, I was able to keep things from freezing with just a single 1500 Watt infrared heater - in fact I was usually able to keep the shop at 50 degrees or better if I allowed the heater to run long enough.If a single heater was sufficient for my original cement floored shop, you may be wondering why I need two heaters after I've added a cozy wood floor and improved the insulation. It is so that I can better spread the heat around (by running each on half power - 750 watts), and also because I can run them both full blast for the first half hour or so to bring the shop up to a comfortable temperature faster (about twice as fast, in fact).A quick word about comparing heaters to each other. Virtually all electric heaters produce an identical amount of heat per watt. So, in the long run, any 1500 Watt heater, say a fan based unit, will make a room as warm as any infrared heater that is also 1500 watts. The difference lies in what gets warmed up first. A fan based heater first heats the air, and the air then heats the stuff in your shop, including you. The infrared first heats the stuff it's pointing at, which then eventually heats the air. If it's pointing at you, well you feel warm right away, but if it's not, then you don't feel much warmth until the whole room is warm.If you are comparing this heater to non-electric units, it's best to compare BTUs. This one puts out about 5,000 BTUs.Hope this was useful.
January 6, 2012
So far so good. I use this in my carport for winters in New Orleans. It provides enough heat (about as much as a small fan heat) for me to sit outside and read. (Though I use a throw sometimes.) Mostly I just want to add to the discussion of the string breaking problem. My Optimus has a piece of metal (looks brass) that lines the hole where the string enters. It looks like this was added to protect the string from wearing out and breaking. I do not expect to have any problems with the string breaking, but I've only had the heater for a month. The reason I think it is a solution is that the pictures of the heater on Amazon do not have this brass ring, and so it seems like a recent design modification.
January 1, 2017
The heater function was fine as far as 1500W radiant heaters go, but THE DESIGN HAS A DESIGN FLAW that will limit the longevity of use.The pull-cord on/off switch design has a significant problem. After only a few months of light use, the pull-cord frayed clear through and broke off. It broke when turning the unit off, and there is no external switch, so now I cannot even turn the unit on. Looks great up there on the ceiling, but NO HEAT.I would happily contact the manufacturer and try get the parts to fix the matter, but I cannot locate a phone number or email address for Optimus. And Optimus printed on the heater: "Do Not Open. No User-serviceable parts inside."Guess I'm just out of out of luck, and lost $50 on this purchase. :(P.S. I am going to upload a photo of the frayed cord to the Amazon product pics.
February 22, 2013

How about a quick glance at the top features?  

Features:

  • Quartz heating element that
  • Space saving wall or ceiling mount design
  • Equipped with overheating protection
  • Independently powered heating and lighting
  • Instant sun-like heat

Conclusion

There’s no need to beat around the bush here. By now, you can already tell that the Optimus H-9010 Garage/Shop Ceiling or Wall Mount Utility Heater is by far the cheapest, most economical heater on our entire list. As we mentioned above, this is the ultimate solution for homeowners looking for an affordable, space-saving features.

But does the substantially lower price tag mean that the quality is lowered or compromised?  

Far from it; the Optimus H-9010 Garage Utility Heater actually boasts of high-quality craftsmanship and some of the most flexible operation I’ve ever seen in a heater. All this is made possible by the versatile wall mounts that really take the game to a whole another level.

It allows you to adjust and target the heat through different angles and get that heat where you want it most. The 1500-watt heater comfortably heats areas smaller than 200 square feet.

PROS:
  • Incomparably cheaper and more affordable than any other garage heater
  • Light allows for a little ambiance while working
  • Highly versatile mounting bracket
  • Super easy and convenient installation

CONS:
  • Careful not to damage the pull cord

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King KBP2406 5700-Watt MAX Single Phase Paw Unit Heater

King KBP2406 5700-Watt MAX 240-Volt Single Phase Paw Unit HeaterHands up if you feel like you haven’t found your perfect match in a garage heater yet.

We’ve all been there; the incessant searching for that ideal product that will make everything right. If you live in extremely cold areas and want something incredibly heavy duty to warm up your super large garage, cellar, basement or room then look no further than the King KBP2406 5700-Watt MAX Single Phase Paw Unit Heater.

The KBP2406 is an excellent choice for a workshop heating solution that easily has the capacity to heat large spaces. Thanks to the incredibly high 13,000 BTU output, you won’t even have to put up with even one single cold corner of your workshop.

The Patented Pic-A-Watt heating element from King allows users to select from an array of different wattages during installation. This includes 950, 1900, 2850, 3800, 4750 and 5700 watts.

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King KBP2406 5700-Watt MAX 240-Volt Single Phase Paw Unit Heater, Almond

This King Electric Pic-A-Watt Garage/Workshop Heater easily heats large spaces with up to 13,000 BTU. The patented Pic-A-Watt heating element allows you to select from several wattages during ...

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Part Number

KBP2406

Item Weight

24 pounds

Product Dimensions

11.5 x 10 x 13.5 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

KBP2406

Size

5700W; 240V

Color

Almond

Style

Single Phase

Power Source

No

Item Package Quantity

1

Certification

No

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Warranty Description

1 Year Warranty

So far so good. I just finished installing this heater and turned it on for the first time. Installation was straightforward but get an electrician if you don't have any experience with wiring. The fan is quiet and moves the air very well. Not sure about other heaters but this one has six heating elements, you can disconnect up to four elements for less heat output. The instructions are perfectly clear on how to do this, it tells you what size wire to use and what circuit breaker you will need and how much square footage it will heat. Since my garage has one stall and is sheet rocked and insulated I elected to use 12ga wire with a 20 amp breaker and using four elements, (disconnected two), for 3800 watts. I was impressed with the diagram provided, the wires are color coded so there was no guessing at all as to which elements to disconnect. Go to their website and you can see the manual before you buy. It comes with a built in thermostat but I purchased a separate one for the wall for ease of use since my heater is up fairly high I won't be able to reach it without a step stool. Best of all its made in USA.UPDATE: I used this heater all winter without an issue and it worked well. It easily kept my garage above freezing in a cold climate and when I needed to raise the temp to work on my car it did not take long.
September 28, 2014
This product delivers as advertised. I notice a lot of comments about how it only raised temperature 10-20 degrees in a garage. Remember that a heater is only as good as your insulation. People think they have an insulated garage, but a garages by definition usually have fairly poor insulation. One are of a garage that is impossible to insulate is the door. Other than that, your main area of heat loss in any building is probably the roof. I put this heater in a 500 sq ft cabin, with fiberglass insulation under the tin roof, and it heated OK. Then I put in a plywood ceiling, and did lots of caulking, and now it keeps the cabin at a cozy 70 degrees, even when it gets down to 20 outside, as long as I turn up the thermostat to max. Another thing I have noticed is the the thermostat is about 10-15 degrees off. That means if you want it to be 70 inside, set the thermostat to 80-85. This might be because heater is mounted near the ceiling, and since heat rises, it is quite a bit warmer near the ceiling than near the cold floor of the cabin. Overall, if you understand the limitation of this heater and your insulation, you will realize it is a very satisfactory product.
January 25, 2015
This heater rocks!...I purchased this heater to provide warmth for my 3 season porch (16x20x9) and am very impressed....We live in NH and can not typically enjoy this room past October....Our 3 season porch is enclosed by 8 sliding glass doors and is totally finished with the exception that is was not heated....I blew some cellulose insulation (R60) into the attic and was looking for a cheap solution to provide some heat so that we could enjoy this room throughout the winter....This heater easily heats the room within 30 minutes.....We have had weather in the low 20's so far and we have been able to enjoy this room like it was September ...Considering it is a garage heater, the appearance of it is not distracting as it looks like an oversized speaker....I wired a 30 amp switch before the thermostat so that I could turn the heater off when we were done on the porch yet still enable the fan to blow throughout the cool down stage....If you use the dial on the heater to turn it off, the fan will be disabled and will not be able to cool the heater down....Of course you can also turn the thermostat dial down all the way but if the temperature drops below 40 the heater will kick on....This heater does not come with a power cord, so instead of wiring a clunky dryer cord onto the unit, I wired a pigtail from the unit and made my electical connection in a junction box....This maintains a nice clean look....
January 1, 2013

Before we go any further, let’s check out the KBPs top features.

Features:

  • Ideal for both residential and commercial application
  • Built in thermostat
  • High-quality components thanks to USA craftsmanship
  • Degrees on label for precise temp control

Conclusion

A lot has been said about budget friendly heaters. I’ll just go ahead and tell you right now that this is not a budget friendly heater. You walk into the store asking for King; you better have a couple hundred Benjamins doing the talking. But it’s not just pricey for nothing; you get exactly what you paid for with this bad boy.

First off, the King KBP2406 5700-Watt MAX Single Phase Paw Unit Heater is made fully in the US of A. That means you’re getting only the best quality, components, and craftsmanship that money can buy. The quality extends beyond the tough, durable exterior; the features also speak volumes.

If you have a massive cellar, garage or commercial workshop you’ll be more than pleased with the high 13,000 BTU output as well as a patented heating element that cycles through an entire host of wattages. With a permanently lubricated power motor, your fan won’t be slacking anytime soon.

PROS:
  • Superior USA craftsmanship
  • Accurate built-in thermostat with precise temperature control
  • Universal mounting bracket with durable powder coat finish
  • Unique, patented system

CONS:
  • Apart from the higher price range, customers have nothing but praise for this unit

 

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Cadet The Hot One Heater RCP502S

Cadet The Hot One HeaterWho says that garage heaters have to be dull, plain and invisible?

If you’re looking for a unit that will add pomp and color back to your dull workspace, then look no further than the Cadet The Hot One Heater RCP502S. Aptly termed as the Hot One, it is sizzling hot when it comes to performance and aesthetics as well. You have to admit; this might just be the sexiest garage heater I ever laid eyes on.

So, what else do customers have to look forward to apart from a slamming bod?

Well for starters, she can actually pump out a serious amount of hot air that will fill a garage, workshop, cellar or any enclosed space under 600 square feet in a matter of minutes. This is all made possible by a powerful heating element and a hungry fan with a 5000-watt capacity.

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Cadet The Hot One Heater - 5000 Watts, 240 Volts, Model# RCP502S

This Cadet The Hot One Heater features commercial-grade durability to provide warmth for large, hard-to-heat areas like garages and workshops. Plug Type 30A, Amps 30, Blower Included Yes, BTU Output ...

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Provides relatively quiet heat in my garage. No rattles or buzzing. Thermostat does not provide target temperature indicator, so requires some guess work to get a specific temperature. The heater has a High / Low, Auto / On switches and a simple dial thermostat. I normally leave it on low unless I trying to heat up the area quickly. Have mine mounted on the wall at about 7 feet to the bottom. My garage is on the large size 52x36 and well insulated (including slab). I have two installed on opposing corners. In my application they cycle on about 10-15% of the time on the low setting when the outside temp dips to around 40 and inside temp is 60.Units are well built and feel sturdy. The front grill is plastic. They do require a nearby 240V 30A circuit.
January 26, 2016
my garage is 1000 sq feet and in a few hours it warms up about 15 degrees , after 3 days of use the fan relay stopped working , called up Cadet and they sent me a new relay. over all its a good heater just waiting to see my power bill , this sucker likes the juice. the dial was spinning so fast i thought it was going to fly out of the power meter , i bought it to take the chill out of the air on cold colorado winter days and it dose that .
November 26, 2014
Could use some number designations for repeatability, instead of an infinity arrow. Put two heaters in. One on each end of my 1000 sq. ft shop, two feet from the ceiling. Ten foot ceiling, well insulated. R 30 in ceiling, R 13 in walls. At 10 below zero, heaters on lowest setting will keep the shop at about 55 degrees 6 feet off the floor, no problem. Every thing I expected in these compact heaters and more.
July 9, 2014

But first, our customary drive-by over the unit’s top and most desirable features.

Features:

  • Commercial grade durability and performance
  • High BTU output of 17,060
  • Thermostat included
  • Forced air operation with cut off safety device
  • Fan delay for more power saving

Conclusion

Cadet The Hot One Heater RCP502S is not all about killer looks on the outside. This hot cake is constructed using tough as nails 20-gauge steel construction that is then baked on a powder coat paint finish to give it unrivaled levels of durability. So, whether you work in a damp basement or own an extremely busy industrial or commercial workshop, the Hot One will survive practically all sorts of conditions.

When it comes to versatile functionality, the hot one stands head and shoulders above the rivals. Not only does it incorporate a thermostat control dial and two different heat settings, but there’s also an automatic control temperature switch that lets you adjust the heat depending on your preference. There’s also a fan only mode to help save power.

As for the installation, The Cadet comes with a robust bracket so you can use the heater as either free standing or as a mountable on the wall or ceiling. The icing on the cake comes in the form of inbuilt high temp safety features that automatically turn off your heater when temperatures hit peak level.

PROS:
  • Very good quality craftsmanship
  • Fast start up with decent heat levels
  • Great safety features that include auto shut off and finger proof grills

CONS:
  • No handle for moving it place to place

Cadet The Hot One Heater RCP502S

How We Tested

As always, we’re never shy about disclosing our entire process to our readers. If you’ve been to our site before, then you obviously know how serious we are with the testing and reviewing phases.

However, we’ll go over the testing procedure just to put our new reader’s concerns to rest. Hey, we won’t beat around the bush; that’s not our style. I mean, you’ve probably been using home heaters for years, and you definitely know your way around one. But when it comes to taking manufacturers and brands apart and getting the right product for the right job, it’s no mere accident that you found your way here.

See, what makes us the most suitable resource for virtually anything and everything to do with heaters is the blood, sweat, and tears we put in testing every single product we review. So if you think these 10 meager heaters were tough, think again.

Product Name Power Garage Size Overall Rating Details
Mr. Heater F232017 MH9BXRV Buddy Grey Indoor-Safe Portable RV Radiant Heater 4,000-9,000 BTUs 225 square feet 8.5 Check price
Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage Heater 45,000 BTUs Up to 35x35 feet 10 Check price
Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Shop Heater 19,000 BTUs 600 square feet 9 Check price
Fahrenheat FUH54 240-volt Garage Heater 17,000 BTUs 700 square feet 8 Check price
Dr. Heater DR966 240-volt Hardwired Shop Garage Commercial Heater 45,000 BTUs 1000 square feet 7.5 Check price
Dimplex DGWH4031 4000-Watt Garage/Workshop Heater 13,640 BTUs 400 square feet 8 Check price
NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater 17,060 BTUs 500 square feet 8.5 Check price
Optimus H-9010 Garage/Shop Ceiling or Wall Mount Utility Heater 5,120 BTUs 400 square feet 7 Check price
King KBP2406 5700-Watt MAX Single Phase Paw Unit Heater 13,000 BTUs 500 square feet 7.5 Check price
Cadet The Hot One Heater RCP502S 17,060 BTUs 400-600 square feet 8 Check price

We had to invest thousands of man hours of total testing using hundreds of different heaters in different garages. It’s safe to say that we found out everything there was to find out about garage heaters. So calm down, relax, shop and feel at home because you’re in the safest hands possible when it comes to the best heaters for your garage or workshop.

 

All Types of Garage Heaters

With all the different styles, designs and types of garage heaters, making your choice can be a bit confusing. From the way they are powered to their mode of operation and even the way they create heat, there are all kinds of garage heaters to look at.

Fortunately, we’ve had time to see all the different models in action and know pretty much everything there is to know about these heaters. Why not let our expert reviewers tell you all about the different types of garage heaters and their respective categories?

  • Types of Garage Heaters According to Fuel

  • Electric Garage Heaters

These are by far the most common type of garage heaters when it comes to the fueling type. Electric heaters stand head and foot above the rest when it comes to convenience and low maintenance. All you literally need is just an electrical outlet, and you’re ready to go. You won’t even have to worry about constantly replacing the fuel like other types.

Electric powered garage heaters are also the least dangerous types compared to the rest. They are a great option for forgetful people since there’s no danger of using open flames or combustible fuels. Similarly, most electric models come with auto shut off features. They are also more efficient in heating up small to mid-sized rooms and won’t require any upkeep, maintenance or ventilation.

  • Natural Gas and Propane Heaters 

If you have a large, drafty space and are looking for a garage heater with a bit of power behind it, then the gas isle is probably where you want to be shopping. Both natural gas and propane are great options because they provide heat that’s about 5 to 10 times stronger than any electric model. Of course, they are more expensive to purchase, but they save more energy in the long run compared to electric models.

Their winning element has to be portability. Since they don’t need a power outlet, gas powered heaters are the most portable units you will ever find. But with the exception of a few ventilated models, gas heaters may not be the best for indoor use due to the exhaust.

Similarly, they require an incredible amount of maintenance and regular monitoring of the gas levels, so you don’t run out. Gas powered heaters are extremely dangerous because they use open flames and combustible gases to get the heat going. So take full caution when operation one of these bad boys and watch out for any gas leaks or loose connections that could lead to fire.

  • Types of Garage Heaters According to Heat

Fuel source aside, there are generally two types of garage heaters according to the mode of operation. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

  • Fan Forced Garage Heaters

The concept of a forced air heater is pretty simple and straightforward, but let me recap it real quick. A forced air heater heats up some conductive coils and pushes room temperature air through it; effectively heating up the air itself. Forced air vents are probably the most popular type of heater due to their easier installation process.

Forced heaters are great at heating up a whole area even with constant moving. They are also incredibly convenient since they have thermostats that let you set the precise temperature and it can automatically run when needed to keep the space at that temperature.

Sounds great, isn’t it?

The only downside is that it takes a while to get a room at the desired temperatures. And if there are any pen doors or windows, it’ll take even longer.

  • Radiant or Infrared Heat

As the name suggests, radiant or infrared heaters direct heat forwards to objects or people that are close by. This makes them perfect for people looking to heat small areas within a larger area such as a patio table or work bench. Their mode of operation can be compared closely to that of the sun which provides a more comfortable kind of heat than forced air heaters. That’s because instead of heating the air, it uses heat waves that pass through people and objects.

The strongest advantage of infrared heaters is that they heat up almost immediately without any delays waiting for an entire room to heat up. There’s also no fan, so there’s no incessant humming or loud noises.

The only limitation with these types of heaters is that you have to be directly in front of them to enjoy the benefits. You won’t really feel the heat if you’re constantly moving around the workshop.

Main Features to Look Out For When Shopping for Garage Heaters

When you’re out buying a garage heater, you want to make sure that it includes all the basic features you could possible need.

Want to know the basics?

Just like any other appliance, the more customizable your heater is, the better and easier things will be. If you go for a basic unit, you might face common issues like one heat setting or a heat path that is nowhere near where you need it. If you’re a bit confused about what function you need and what you don’t, why not have a look at all the main features and see which one suits you best.

  • Adjustable Louvres

If you’ve been paying attention to recent heater designs, adjustable louvers are usually the first feature you notice. See, not all workshops and garages are designed the same.

As such, people need something to help direct heat to where it’s needed the most instead of having to move, spin and turn your heater all the time. Adjustable louvers come to the rescue by pointing the heat through a series of directions for a maximum heating effect.

  • Power Cable Length

When you’re out shopping for a garage heater, it helps if you can find one with a long enough power cord. This will allow you to place the heater as close to the workstation as possible to receive quicker and more efficient results.

Imagine installing an infrared garage heater 10 to 20 meters away from your workstation. There’s no way the heat is getting to you unless you move closer. In case your heater comes with a short plug cable or it requires some hardwiring, get an extension that maintains high voltage.

  • Carrying Handle and Wheels

If you’re looking for a light and portable heater for your garage, it helps if it comes with as many mobile features as possible. One of these features is a carry handle that lets you carry and reposition the heater easily.

Sure, this may not be an essential feature initially, but you’ll be cursing yourself when you have to awkwardly ferry your heater from one place to another. Similarly, the handle lets you carry the unit without burning your fingers off.

  • Wheels

Castors and wheels are both extremely useful features t have on a garage heater. These little accessories enable you to move your heater without needing to lift it from the ground. As garage heaters are getting larger and more powerful, lifting them can be bad for your back and dangerous for your health. Wheels let you ferry the whole thing even while it’s still in operation.

Safety Features

We’re still on the same topic of features, but I feel obligated to mention that the following features should be treated as mandatory and not optional. When it comes to you and your family’s health and safety, not a single compromise should be made no matter how much money it will save you. The top, must-have safety features on garage heaters include:

  • Tip Over Off Switch

It’s not entirely uncommon for all sorts of items to get knocked over every now and then, especially in a busy garage or crowded workshop. Getting a heater with tip over sensors guarantees that the unit will shut down if it falls over and avoid any horrible fire hazards and accidents.

  • Overheat Protection

Since heaters generate massive amounts of heat, using them continually for long periods of time puts the machine at risk of overheating. Once your heater becomes too hot, it’s prone to getting damaged or too hot to function. Overheat protection comes in the form of an automatic shut off system and in-built safety switch so the heater turns itself off it hits critical internal temperatures.

  • Cool Touch or Wire Guard

When you’re running a heater anywhere near people, the last thing you want is for it to get too hot to the touch. Whether there are pets, children or even adults, accidents do happen and someone may end up touching the sweltering heater. Buying a heater with a high-temperature wire guard or a cool touch surface helps avoid any accidental burns.

Tips and Secrets to Heating your Garage Safely and Efficiently

As with any other source of heat, there are certain precautions that have to be taken to ensure proper use and user safety. Did you know that heaters have been pointed out as the sole cause of over 50,000 fires in the US every year?

This is why you need to take superfluous care when using your garage heater. Hopefully, the following tips will help you heat your workshop or garage safely and efficiently.

  • Insulate

If what you need is total efficiency, then the first thing you will have to do is insulate your garage or workspace. This will help prevent any heat from escaping and as a result, save you a lot of heat and energy.

As a matter of fact, some homeowners start insulating their garages and find that they don’t need a heater after all. But if your home is still cold and frigid after insulating all the garage walls and ceilings, then go ahead and buy a garage heater.

  • Check all the Windows and Doors

It doesn’t make any sense to heavily insulate the walls and ceilings of your garage only to leave the doors and windows as they are. Any gaps around the windows or doors are very likely to cause draughts and will allow plenty of heat to escape from your workshop. If your windows are not insulated, go ahead and add some sealant or caulk to fill in all these gaps, keep the heat high and the heating bills low.

  • Choose the Right Heater

Both the safety and efficiency of your garage heater will be influenced by the type or model you get. Before you even buy one, you should make sure that it is designed for your size garage; no more, no less. So make sure you measure your workshop accurately to get the right heater in there.

  • Check Out Local Ordinances

You have to know your area code before you install any type of heating appliance in your detached garage. As you will no doubt find out, there are some things that local authorities will not allow.

For example, some states require you to have a permit before installing a heating unit. Others require an inspector to come and inspect if your garage meets the clearance requirement rules. This will really help you avoid any problems with the authorities.

  • General Safety Tips

There are a few common general safety tips that anyone who owns a garage heater needs to observe. The first rule involves never leaving your heater unattended. If you’re going out, make sure the unit is always turned off.

Similarly, make sure the heater is disconnected before you carrying out any cleaning and maintenance practices. Additionally, you should make sure that flammable substances such as sawdust and debris don’t come into contact with the heater. Last but not least, it’s highly advisable tt you keep a fire extinguisher nearby in the event of a fire.

Garage Heater Care and Maintenance

When it comes to garage heaters, the care and maintenance practices differ with the type of model as well as the kind of fuel used. For electric heaters, the maintenance practices are virtually non-existent save for the usual cleaning up.

It’s the gas-powered models that require a mountain of maintenance practices. For starters, you have to monitor the heaters regularly so you don’t suddenly run out of gas. Secondly, you have to remain very vigilant for signs of gas leaks or any loose connections that could pose a serious fire hazard. And lastly, gas-powered models will require you to constantly replace depleted fuel canisters once it runs out.

Warranty

Did you know that all garage heaters produced are usually modified by the next version?

That’s right; this is exactly why foreseeing or predicting the quality of fabrication and shelf life of a specific heater becomes a nightmare. Fortunately, the length and extent of the manufacturer’s warranty is always a sure way to know what to expect.

It indicates the calculated level of trust and confidence that the brand itself has placed in their own product. Which is why going through heater warranties and their terms is the best reliability indicator you could possibly find. Manufacturer’s warranties for heaters typically range anywhere between a few months all the way to years.

However, some recognized and established brands may even give decades on their warranty. So ensure you check out the warranty length, its terms as well as what previous buyers are saying about the garage heater before you buy.

FAQs

Do I need extra insurance if I get a heater?

If you’re going to install a heating unit in your detached garage, then you will have to get an extra insurance cover for it. That’s because detached garages and workshops don’t fall within home insurance coverage. As a result, any accidents or incidents caused by these appliances will not be compensated.

Making sure that your garage heater is tightly secured and equipped with all the latest protection features really helps prevent accidents. However, getting extra insurance will guarantee you protection in the event of an unforeseen incident.

Can we change the thermostat to a wall thermostat?

If you’re looking to change your garage heater’s thermostat and turn it to a wall thermostat, then nothing’s stopping you. You might, however, want to know that depending on the unit you purchase, tampering or changing the thermostat might void the warranty. That’s why it’s vital to read through the user manual and proceed to contact the manufacturer directly before doing anything.

Do all electrical garage heaters have to be hardwired?

While hardwiring a heater offers safer and more powerful operation, this heavily depends on the model. Some electric heaters will require permanent hardwiring while other more portable models have plugs for plugging into any outlet. In the end, the decision whether or not to get hardwired installation will depend on the unit you purchase.

Some heaters for garages will have to bet hardwired for more permanent installation. However, other units just plug into an outlet. Either way, both units heat the same way. The only real difference is that with hardwired installation, you will have to contact a certified electrician. Since there will be some serious wiring that needs to be done, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

So before making any purchase, make a conscious choice whether to have your heating unit permanently installed or if you prefer a more portable unit that can be moved around. If you want a mobile heater, then choose one that’s more compatible with the very same outlet in your garage.

What kind of plug do garage heaters use?

Typically, the type of plug your garage heater will use depends on the size and power of the unit. Every model varies with regards to power consumption.

If your garage outlet can only accommodate a 120V heater, make full sure the one you purchase doesn’t need more or less voltage. Have your outlet looked at by a professional to you know exactly what type of heater to purchase or if you’ll have to install another compatible outlet.

 

9 Total Score
Our Recommendations

As always, we can’t leave without giving our customers a few worthy mentions. We know our heaters inside out, that’s why our buyers appreciate having some recommendations from guys who have experience with these units.

If you’re looking to go all out with super fast heating for your large workshop or garage, then the only unit you will ever need is the Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage Heater. Boasting of a compact design that can pump a serious amount of 45,000 BTU, the HD45AS0111 is definitely one hot dawg and probably the best garage heater.

But that’s not even the best part guys!

Throughout our entire list, we are yet to see heat coverage that even comes close to Modine’s unit. People with massive garages, workshops, cellars and commercial spaces will appreciate the large 1000 square feet of coverage. No more braving those cold, chilly mornings or working with almost all your fingers frozen stiff. Get your commercial space warm and toasty with this Godsend heater today.

Price
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10
Durability
9.5
Design
9

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