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I went into the garage this morning with the outside temps. at 24*f and the unheated shop was still at 38*f I didn't think that was too bad . Too cold to work without heat ( at least for me lol ) Tonight it's going to 12*f so I'm sure it will be colder in there but what kind of temps are your unheated shops ? Does it take long to warm up when you try heating it ? I know once the floor gets cold it takes a long time to get warm even with the oil fired hot air furnce going , Al
 

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Since mine has 2 sides open to the world, pretty cold!
 
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It was 15 outside and 45 in the shop at 4:30 this morning when I went out to plow snow. Haven't had the heat going in days. I'm very glad I spent the extra time and money sealing and insulating.
 

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16* F outside this morning, so with the wood stove going it will probably be in the 50's. I'll have it up to 70* in an hour or so! ~~ Lowell
 
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The shop where I do the wrenching, is concrete floor poured on bedrock. It never goes below

freezing, and in winter, barely above 10*c (50*f). There's only a small oil stove in there.

I have rubber mats everywhere on the floor. Cold concrete just drains you, and is bad

for the legs.

My other shop, where I do my painting, is well heated/insulated, so I can keep it at what

ever I want.
 

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My shop is just a metal building, so its usually the same temp as it is outside, but I live further south than most of you, so we don't get as cold. However, any time it drops below about 50, I have a 175,000 btu diesel powered (jet engine) as my kids like to call it, that I use. If its 30 in the shop, the heater will warm it up to 60 in about 30 minutes, and my shop is 40x60. :thumbs:

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Unless it's below freezing or I'm painting, I usually work in my shop without the heater turned on. I don't mind cold nearly as much as real hot weather. When it's cold enough I have to work with gloves on because of the cold tools/metal, then I turn on the heat. Just too hard doing much with thick gloves on.
 

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I will add that it's 23F right now, so I just turned my shop furnace on to do a little straightening up....until I get side tracked! :smilewink:
 

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As long as we get updates of what sidetracked you!
 

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How cold does it get in the shop, with it being in the low 20's it is probably about 50 in the shop, Cold concrete floor and block walls and no heating, just what the sun does to the blocks in the afternoon.

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Right now I have a small shop with aluminum siding and it is usually about 10 degrees or so warmer then it is out side in the winter and reverse in the summer. I have one of those oil radiator type heaters and I'll go out turn it on and come back in and have a cup of coffee. By the time I go back out it will be comfortable.
 
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I think the average is about 15 to 20 degs. warmer than outside. -6F this morning so it will probably be cold. Have to fire up the waist oil heater then it will be nice and warm.
 

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I do have a basement shop that is heated but you can't get GT's in there, at least not in one piece. The garage is unheated and uninsulated so it's too cold to work in from November to April. I'm considering insulating it this summer or adding a insulated addition for working in the winter.
 

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The basement work benches at the house are at about 50 degrees, maybe a bit colder when temps dip below 0 f. The garage at the in-laws is uninsulated and open to the roof, with a wood stove at the back wall, it is pretty much whatever outside temps are, and this week that is going to be cold, wood stove will bump things up about 10-15 degrees in an hour or so. Don't plan to work when much below 20 f as my hands just won't take it for long. Of course when things break ya just do what ya gotta do......
 
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My shop is pretty much same temp as outside was the nite before. Warm sunny day, walk in and still cold from night before. Once open in warm weather, can come out later in eve and still about same as day was for awhile. Must be the insulation! Have Modine type ceiling heat, 75,000 btu and can warm up real fast if I wanted. Cement floor is always wet if cold in garage and open to nicer warmer day. It sweats a lot in spring/fall that way. With heater if starts to sweat, yet gets dried out as heat flows around if you stay out long enough. Still fairly cool at floor tho if I wana get down and low for stuff. Never put plastic down under slab, probly should have. Using foam like I have seen others do might be a good idea too. Course warm water in tubing flowing would be great, but have to keep it on all the time and expensive to build.
 

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it normally stays in the 30's in the winter it takes a lil while to get it up to where i can work comfortably not being insulated might have something to do with it and im only using a kerosene heater right now. onec the shop is finished however ill have my lil wood stove hooked up.
 

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My building that I built this year is all wood. Its suspended off the ground with a complete pressure treated floor. The building is 15ft wide by 10ft deep and 12 ft ceilings. It's not the biggest but does the trick. I insulated the ceiling with pink panther sheeting in between the rafters and sealed all the corners (and wherever else) with 3" thick foam insulation strips (curtesy of my buddies employer..lol). I also ran a strip across the top and bottom of both barn doors. It doesn't get too awful cold in there but when it does I use a 10lb propane tank with a 2 pod heater on top and it gets damn near 80 if I don't kick it back to low after the first hr or so. That's from 15-20 deg outside temp.
 
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My shop has no heat or insulation. It is 6* outside now and I bet the shop is 15*. I do not mind the cold at all. The wind we have right now is what I don't care for. It is 20-25 mph. I have new insulated doors to put in spring and then hopefully insulate the walls and roof. No heat planned, I have a wood stove but no space to put it.

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