work shop heaters

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work shop heaters

Postby younggun » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:02 pm

with winter coming up, was looking at getting a heater for the shed...

Does anyone know how much a gas one would be, like a spit water or something??

Kmart has an arlec enforcer electric heater.. says it does 20m2 2400 watt. Its only $149. Anyone used any heaters and have any comments??
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Postby younggun » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:07 pm

these are the ones made by spit water...

called the spit fire

this one is diesal:

http://www.spitwaterqld.com.au/heaters/direct_fired.htm

this is gas called the jet fire:

http://www.spitwaterqld.com.au/heaters/hd.htm#L
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Postby Dale » Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:14 pm

I'd steer away from the electric heater as your power bill will go through the roof!! I have a gas heater similar to the jet fire J8 (can't remember the brand name) and it will heat a four car shed in about 15 min then i turn it off and kick it back on about every 45 min, i have even lent to mates for parties in farm sheds and they have ran it all night and kept everyone warm! also handy if you do a bit of spray painting!
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Postby younggun » Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:36 pm

thanks mate, if you could find out a brand name some where that would be great...

do you remember where you got it from or roughly how much it was??
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Postby Dale » Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:49 pm

I got it at a charity auction for about $400 I think, it was a couple of years ago! My father has it at his indoor tennis center at the moment, if i get time tomorrow i will get the details for you.
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Postby PJ » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:07 pm

Weld two brake drums together, just go to a truck dealership and ask for two used ones, they should give you em free as they just chuck em out.
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Postby younggun » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:59 pm

PJ.. what do i do with these brake drums...
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Postby JIMBO » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:17 pm

i have one at work mate its a ceramic type face plate with a massive house type bottle my workshop is 150sq/m it doesnt warm the whole place but it certainly keeps any area warm.
for a 20 x25 it is plenty sufficient.
it uses alot less gas than the spitwater jet heaters.
i,ll get a brand name in the morning and post it.

also he meens weld the brake drums together and burn wood in them...not very practical for inside
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Postby Stevo » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:22 pm

Lift them over your head a dozen times then you will be nice and warm :)
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Postby younggun » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:47 pm

that would be great thanks jimbo...

you know where I could get a pic so I can visualise what you mean?? Do you know roughly what they are worth??
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Postby younggun » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:49 pm

Jimbo do you mean one of those tower heaters??
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Postby JIMBO » Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:07 am

younggun wrote:Jimbo do you mean one of those tower heaters??


howdy mate just got into work and yeah its a tower heater with a ceramic face the brand name is S.A KROMSCHROEDER . i didnt buy it.
its a mates he,ll be in today so i,ll ask for an agent for ya.
it puts out 7.81 k/w .

get back to you later on mate.
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Postby younggun » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:10 am

yeh I have one of those tower heaters out side... thought about getting one for the shed (still might) biggest prob is they are big to move.

But they are alot cheaper then the jet fire style heater
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Postby JIMBO » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:13 am

oh f#&k! i just realised what you ment.i dont meen tower heater like you meen this one has a large gas bottle and a trolley atached and it is roughly 400mm x 300mm of ceramic face plate.

NOT ONE OF THOE OUTDOOR HEATERS WITH THE CHINAMANS HAT STYLE. :)
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Postby fish » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:15 pm

move to queensland ,you don't need heaters. :wink:
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Heaters?

Postby Tony » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:18 pm

Yep, I'm all for air conditioning, how do you keep the place cool ?
Heaters ?, sh#t, thats the last thing we need here in Perth.
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Postby younggun » Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:10 pm

admitidly ive only been to perth once.. but it was cold!

By the way.. im heading back in June... how far from the CBD are you tony??
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Postby PJ » Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:36 pm

Sorry yeh i shoulda been more descriptive. What we do at work is we get two old brake drums, weld theyre open ends together face to face, then cut some thick wire mesh so it will sit in the bottom of the drums, weld some legs on, doesnt need to sit tall just enough to let oxygen in, maybe 5cm tall legs. Then for the top, you cut a round piece of thick scrap steel, we use 8-10mm stuff, and secure it to top so it pivots sideways, like a sliding lid so you can put wood in, then right near the top in the side of the top drum, drill a hole and weld in some scrap exhaust stack (5 or 6inch stock from truck stacks), that comes out the side then immediately goes vertically upwards.
You just shove wood in it and it heats up nicely, you can put a stovetop kettle on there to keep your brew warm, etc...
Sorry bout the description, im not the most descriptive person in the world.
We weld it all with standard mig mild steel wire too, you should really use cast rod as the standard mig welds will eventually crack from different expansion rates to the cast, but it will still hold strong cos of the weight.
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Postby Toddy » Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:15 pm

Yeah i've got the same set up in my shed pj, but i rolled up a ring out of 200*10 flat to put between the 2 brake drums.
It's a nice tight fit and hasn't got any weld on it, they work great! my shed is 20*20 and turns into a sauna if i put to much wood on.
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Re: Heaters?

Postby slideways » Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:36 pm

Tony wrote:Yep, I'm all for air conditioning, how do you keep the place cool ?
Heaters ?, sh#t, thats the last thing we need here in Perth.


we got these fans that r about 40-50 inch. bloody big. but they have a water tank on the bottom and a set of nozzles that spray water in the airflow. realy effective. and they are safe around electrics. realy effective.
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