Heating Your Shop
For every shop and climate, there's an efficient solution
Synopsis: Whether your shop is located in an attached garage, basement, or outbuilding, keeping it warm during the winter months is important for woodworkers in most regions. Don’t go shopping for a shop heating system without first reading this overview by Fine Woodworking senior editor Andy Engel. From choosing the type of heater and learning about the different ways heat warms a building to comparing fuels and deciding where to locate a heater safely in your shop, this article covers it all.
My first woodworking shop was in a garage in northern New Jersey. I cobbled together some insulation, weatherstripping, and an old woodstove to make the shop mostly habitable—for me. For my tools and projects, though, I suspect it was a hostile environment. Morning often found the shop below freezing, which precluded storing glue or waterborne finishes there. Stoking the stove quickly launched the mercury into the 80s,…