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August 15, 8:18 PM [GMT -5]

Excellent comments and suggestions. One exception, however, the recommended forced air is also notorious for rusting precision machinery and tools since they are still cold as the moisture laden warm air tries to warm them. While radiant heat may not get the tool deep in your tool box warm as fast as forced air, my lathe and mill no longer suffer from chronic rusting since I jerked the forced air and went with a ceiling mounted gas fired radiant heat tube that is exhausted outside. The best of all worlds, fast heat, no rust, minimal fire and flash concerns and it is very comfortable as it warm your bones through your clothes, like standing next to a nice campfire.

February 10, 12:15 PM [GMT -5]

I decided on a window unit heat pump for my 1000 foot shop in Virginia. With good sun exposure and insulation, the heating load is low, so even a small unit can keep the temperature at 62F when I'm working. Shade trees keep the cooling load low in the summer. I've tried propane heaters, but don't like the pilot lights and how they add so much humidity. The window unit heat pumps can be user-installed as long as there is 220V power near the opening.

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