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Best Heating Solution for a Cold Garage?

 
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Dec 16, 2017 18:57 |  #16

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I did think not for a studio but for a workspace. Three things are needed, insulate, stop drafts, add heat. For insulation I used regular fiberglass and covered with plywood. For air infiltration, the garage door was the hardest to seal but adding rubber seals to the door made a pretty decent insulator. For heat, stay away from the gas/propane ones and use those oil-filled electric heaters. You don't want to be breathing fumes in an enclosed space though I guess for a studio, the lights might be enough by themselves. :)

For a space "part of garage," in a place of moderate climate, I'd also recommend oil-filled electric heaters, even two or three.

If we were talking about a permanent studio space in a place that spends a few weeks below freezing, I'd recommend a "real" HVAC system.




  
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Dec 21, 2017 18:58 |  #17

I have a ceiling mounted natural gas burning heater. Vented out the roof, with thermostat. Heats a 2 car garage comfortably (insulated garage in Kansas).

Not too bad price wise, thinking it was around $800 installed. Would do everything you want it to.

I know bosch I think it is makes a wall mounted dual unit AC and Heat that look nice, but I think it will be much more pricey.




  
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Jan 19, 2018 09:23 |  #18

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Jan 19, 2018 09:26 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #19

where'd you get that sweet turntable stand?


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Jan 19, 2018 10:53 |  #20

Funny thing is, I have that stove in my garage, but it's not plumbed in yet,. and that turntable looks exactly like the old Pioneer I had since teenage hood that I inherited from my step mother, that now belongs to my 18 year old Nephew...

But this image came from google images :)


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Jan 19, 2018 11:04 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #21

i kinda had a feeling. :D

the turntable i "stole" from dad back in high school looked a lot like that one too. The lid was not hinged so you not only had to have a place to sit it, but putting it back on while playing a record, especially under the influence of any kind of alcohol, was damn near impossible. lol


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Feb 04, 2018 10:29 |  #22

Garage spaces are notoriously cold -
I suggest using polystyrene sheets say minimum 5cm thick to create an insulated area first.
If you can insulate the actual floor using wood/vinyl - this will remove the intrinsic chill from a concrete floor.
Then add-in your selected heat source - varies:
- fan heaters
- A/c unit
- oil-based radiator

In Bulgaria during winter, temperatures can typically drop to -20C.
Here, we use wood-burners for heat - for most garage-areas, workshops, studios (external to the actual house)


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Mar 11, 2018 12:59 |  #23

Lots of good suggestions! We did a half a$$ insulation job on the gaps where heat was escaping and had 3 relatively average portable electric heaters acquired from Craigslist, OfferUp and such.

It worked out fine for the few shoots I did. Nothing major but enough to get them done. Now that the weather is warmer... all is back to normal.


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Mar 12, 2018 10:08 |  #24

Heating a space that is poorly insulated and has concrete floors is nearly impossible to transform into a photo studio. I would consider finding a rental studio if you want your clients and models to be comfortable. Your level of professionalism is determined by the lowest common denominator.


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Mar 12, 2018 13:47 as a reply to  @ tcphoto1's post |  #25

Great words of advice right there! ߑ


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Mar 12, 2018 14:36 |  #26

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Heating a space that is poorly insulated and has concrete floors is nearly impossible to transform into a photo studio. I would consider finding a rental studio if you want your clients and models to be comfortable. Your level of professionalism is determined by the lowest common denominator.

Agree, and since few garages have ceilings, it will be harder to regulate temperature/humidity. I agree with John, a professionally installed heat pump would be the way to go if you stick with the garage idea.


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Mar 12, 2018 14:47 |  #27

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18583768 (external link)
since few garages have ceilings,

really?

maybe that's a regional thing? I'm not sure I've ever been in a garage without a ceiling. I have been doing some work in my mom's garage, because it is huge, it is drywall finished all the way around. Not a super fancy neighborhood or anything.

The single car garage in my house (also my "studio") has a tongue and groove ceiling, granted, this house was built in 1962.

Doing more with less is why I like being a photographer. Even back when i worked in a "real" studio space, for "real" photographers, making things work was half the job. If you can pull a jedi mind trick on a client, producing great work in less than ideal conditions, i think that can become a good sales tactic.


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Mar 12, 2018 15:11 |  #28

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really?

maybe that's a regional thing?

Could be. I live in SoCal and never seen a garage with a ceiling. Newer home might be different.


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Mar 12, 2018 15:16 |  #29

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18516645 (external link)
If it's a temporary fix your looking for, you can rent a salamander/bullet heater, propane powered.
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Or how about this ;-)a

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Mar 12, 2018 15:19 |  #30

Get some hot models in there  :p


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