Shop Heating Choices
Winter is on the way. Is your workspace ready?
Synopsis: The day Ken Textor picked up some #6 screws in his unheated shop and they stuck to his ungloved fingers, he began investigating heating options seriously. He decided to heat an area that would allow him to glue, finish, and do intricate woodwork, leading him to the first major decision of heating his shop: how much of it do you heat? He chose to use solid-foam insulation and evaluated safety, economy, and simplicity in choosing a heat source. He settled on propane and explains why. A side article highlights the heating choices four other woodworkers chose.
Clouds of breath vapor sometimes obscured my cutting line but never seriously bothered me. Nor did 20 years of wearing long Johns and two pair of wool socks significantly slow down productivity in my Maine-based woodworking shop. But the day I picked up some #6 steel screws and they stuck fast to my ungloved…