June Perry on sat 5 dec 98
Well, I'm moving to our new place soon and my new studio will be the two non-
heated, dry walled garages. Help! What can I do to seal the garage doors?
Also, I would appreciate any recommendations for heat that wouldn't involved
permits from the town. Does anyone have any space heaters that they could
recommend that would really do the job of heating those spaces. I need
something that I can just plug into a regular outlet.
I don't know anything about solar heat and I was also wondering if a small
solar panel set up requires major expense/installation/ permits, etc. As you
can see by now, I'm totally out of the know with this subject! :-)
Thanks for any and all suggestions.
June(trying to keep warm in S.Oregon with last nights hard frost!)
clay&maxwell on sun 6 dec 98
We just finished insulating our two car garage this fall. We used the
(sorry I can't remember the proper term) styro-looking insulation cut into
pieces to fit on our wood garage door and glued on with the appropriate
kind of glue. We then got an insulation "kit" that attaches to the sides
and bottom of the door and is basically a rubbery seal that keeps air from
leaking in/out. We got all of this at the local giant hardware store - I'm
sure someone there can point you in the right direction. We had a gas line
put in and purchased a furnace that blows hot air from the bottom as
opposed to the overhead types. It's lovely and toasty in the garage and
not too "windy" when the furnace comes on. My greatest problem now is we
have done such a good job on the insulating that I have to open the garage
door a bit when I am firing because of the fumes (not too mention I have to
stay out of the garage completely). Unfortunately we're all tapped out of
the $$ or I would consider an envirovent - maybe next year!
Sorry I can't help you with space heater etc. information. My impression
was that they were expensive in the long run because of the electricity
they use but I have seen them advertised lately and they don't seem
expensive initially. I'm sure someone on this list has more information
for you. :)
ps. I'm not sure of your long term plans but basically the garage is a
studio when the cars are out and a garage when the cars are in (when it's
cold and miserable out!) I feel a bit decadant in the morning when I drive
out of the garage into minus temperatures and I feel too warm in my van! I
still have to brainstorm about moveable tables and storage etc. but I am
very happy with this arrangement instead of dragging things up and down two
flights of stairs.
good luck, stay warm
in frosty Calgary
At 11:07 AM 12/5/98 EST, you wrote:
>Well, I'm moving to our new place soon and my new studio will be the two non-
>heated, dry walled garages. Help! What can I do to seal the garage doors?
>Also, I would appreciate any recommendations for heat that wouldn't involved
>permits from the town. Does anyone have any space heaters that they could
>recommend that would really do the job of heating those spaces. I need
>something that I can just plug into a regular outlet.
>I don't know anything about solar heat and I was also wondering if a small
>solar panel set up requires major expense/installation/ permits, etc. As you
>can see by now, I'm totally out of the know with this subject! :-)
>Thanks for any and all suggestions.
>June(trying to keep warm in S.Oregon with last nights hard frost!)
Milton Markey on sun 6 dec 98
In my house, I use a space heater that resembles an old-fashioned radiator.
Instead of circulating water through the "radiator," a quick-heating oil flows
instead, providing a quick, but effective heating source for this uninsulated
house. The heater I have has two switches, which allows the user to select how
much power the radiator consumes. When both switches are "on," the device
heats up quickly, using nearly 13 amps (1300 watts). When one switch is "on,"
the device takes a bit longer to heat up fully, but uses under 6 amps (600
watts). I usually heat a cold room with this device by turning on both
switches, then when the room is comfortable, I push one of the switches "off,"
to save power, but maintain the temperature. This heater plugs right into a
wall outlet, and costs around $50 new. I bought mine at a thrift store this
summer, for $12!
You might check the WWW for tips on insulating the garage door. When I needed
help lighting the gas heaters in the kitchen, I typed in "lighting a gas
heater pilot" on my browser, and hark! there were several articles I could
Another thing to consider is locating your kiln so it can serve "double duty."
I've seen some clay studios in which the kiln was close to the work area, so
the studio was heated, using the kiln's fire. Of course, adequate ventilation
and other considerations must be made, to avoid contaminating the air in the
Good luck to you!
Perfectly comfortable, seated next to my roll-about radiator.
J. D. Walker on mon 7 dec 98
Try the Sun twin heating unit. It works of elec.
Mike Gordon on mon 7 dec 98
Honnywell makes an electric heater that resembles an old radiator but
has some kind of oil inside.Reostat and safty device for tip-over shut
off. IN CASE OF EARTHQUAKE!!!! They have two sizes I think the prices
were $40.00 and $75.00 Mike