View Full Version : Torpedo Heaters?


MetallicaMatt
12-22-2008, 12:10 PM
Who uses them?

I want to put one in my 2 car garage, but I'm worried about fumes...

also, theres not a lot of room with all of the sh*t in there, so I don't want to catch anything on fire, since they throw out a lot of heat, but mainly in 1 direction.

Recommend anything else? There is a wall mounted heater in there, connected to the gas in the house (but it faces the wrong way lol)

QuickSilver
12-22-2008, 12:21 PM
the fumes to get kinda bad after a while. I heat the garage up before i go out then just kick it on then off to keep it decent.

01ssreda4
12-22-2008, 02:05 PM
i have only used them in large shops and the fumes weren't bad. keep anything at a distance from the front of it, as it does get quite warm there.

DCsLS1
12-22-2008, 05:49 PM
you can get a little mini one my step dad has one in his 2 car garage fumes arent to bad and heats like a mo fo

DCsLS1
12-22-2008, 05:53 PM
like this one http://www.air-n-water.com/product/E55.html

RacerXLs1
12-22-2008, 10:03 PM
We used them. You can smell it,but i'd rather smell that then be cold..

3rdgen92maro
12-23-2008, 03:53 AM
i use one all the time in my buddies shop it keeps it pretty warm. like everyone else said the fumes arent to bad but its worth dealing with the fumes to stay warm

Jon5212
12-23-2008, 06:11 AM
They have torpedo heaters that run on propane as well probably wouldn't smell at all.

TJ
12-24-2008, 09:07 AM
kero heaters work great. they smell, but never been an issue with fumes with me.
either a 2 car, or a 30x45 shop. its more the heat that will get your eyes rather than the fumes if its too close to your working area. i usually face it away from where i am.

the propane heaters work great too. some arent quite as loud as the kero heaters.
i have found that sometimes my eyes will burn a lil depending on where i got my bottle filled.
my eyes are sensitive. i dont know what is the difference in propanes. but sometimes it bothers me.

Slowhawk
12-29-2008, 11:00 AM
Both heaters could kill you if the place isn't vented.I use to use a 32,000 BTU propane heater.It would warm up my garage in under 10 minutes then you put in on a low setting.BUT after a few hours I'd get dizzy and have to open up the door to circulate the air.

ndfrsd6
12-29-2008, 10:01 PM
yeah i used them once and that was it ! the smell just got to me and it lingered into my house lol...my wife didn't like that :D

NHRATRANSAM64
01-03-2009, 06:14 PM
Propane torpedo heaters are awesome. They heat very very well and don't smell. In fact I can't even notice much of a smell at all while I'm working on the car. :nod:

BADD SS
01-03-2009, 08:28 PM
Just got a propane 50,000 btu torpedo, it's great, heats my 22x30x 16' high garage beautifully.

jomomma
01-07-2009, 07:50 PM
ive got one running on kero. the smells not bad, but it is kind of loud!

FANCHERFAST
01-12-2009, 12:20 PM
i normally crack the door just a bit, becuase the 65,000 BTU Kero will run you out of the 2 car garage. smell is not bad at all.

Lickeyman
01-12-2009, 02:16 PM
I ran my old one off 50/50 waste vegetable oil/kerosene when I could get it at the restaurant I worked at. Supposedly the newer ones are more finicky.

Sorta had a food smell ;)

One time I overfilled it with vegetable oil and it took a while to start but it still ran. Probably like 85% WVO

Sideways240sx
01-12-2009, 06:46 PM
I have had 1 propane, and 2 kerosene. The propane heater i used was horrible. Worst fumes, and would kill you. Then i got a 55,000 btu kerosene. I ran it on kerosene for the first yr or 2. Then kerosene became hard to find by me, and i switched to diesel. Diesel has been great. about 1 month ago my 55,000 btu kerosene heater took a crap on me. So i picked up a 70,000 btu kerosene. It is even better. There is very little to no fumes once i got it all adjusted, has a thermostat that works great.

I am heating a 50ft by 30ft drywall/insulated garage with 14 ft cielings. If you were to buy one, i would definatly say kerosene over propane.

Chris

ponyhater27
01-12-2009, 07:06 PM
We have a kerosene Ready Heater I think its like 110,000BTU and that thing can heat up a large area rather quick. We have a thermostat for it that you plug into the heater and then plug the end of the thermostat into extension cord. Works really nice and you don't have to unplug it and plug it when your hot or cold. The fumes aren't really noticeable to me but your clothes will smell like kerosene after your around it for awhile.

BriancWS6
01-12-2009, 08:48 PM
I have used one for about 9 yrs and I don't have any problems with fumes with mine. I even started running off road diesel in it last yr cause it's cheaper, gotta love the farm/ag permits.

All of them that I have seen have a thermostat on them even if it is just a dial with no temp marked off, which is how mine is. It's easy enough to adjust it to turn off once it reaches a comfortable temp.

Boosted 99 TA
01-12-2009, 09:35 PM
i used a 60,000 btu in my 2 car garage, works good i dont think the fumes are to bad i dont usually crack a window or door and ive always felt fine, i dont like letting the heat out

ATwelveSec02Z28
01-13-2009, 05:53 PM
I have a propane... its OK since it heats.... but dont spray brake clean.... chlorinated solvent goes to ground and gets burned by heater and fumes are horrific.

Im in the process of getting a gas mobile home heater, vent it out the gable vent and instant heat.

Slowhawk
01-27-2009, 08:13 AM
Who uses them?

I want to put one in my 2 car garage, but I'm worried about fumes...

also, theres not a lot of room with all of the sh*t in there, so I don't want to catch anything on fire, since they throw out a lot of heat, but mainly in 1 direction.

Recommend anything else? There is a wall mounted heater in there, connected to the gas in the house (but it faces the wrong way lol)

The best is to use a natural gas heater setup. The fumes from a propane or kerosene could kill people in the house after long exposure's.

JL ws-6
01-27-2009, 11:10 AM
I have a propane type space heater, it does stink after it's been running in the garage for a couple hours. I have louver vents in the top portion of the walls at both ends so there's some airflow all the time, and it still smells.

It does beat working in the garage when it's 10 degrees out, only bad part is the tools are always still 10 degrees, and so is the car even though the air's warmed up.

A space heater is alot better option, something that's got an exhaust vent that you can put outside. Lots of people these days upgrading them to mroe effecient ones, so you can find a used one cheap, hang it in the corner, and get in touch with your local propane company and get them to hook it up for ya to a big bottle that you can have put on a small slab outside. I've looked into alot of options, that was once of the cheapest ways to go about it.

Other way was a small wood stove and a metal chimmney out the wall, but the thought of having a stove burning in the same 24x24 area as a bunch of nitrous and a 55 gallon drum of fuel, and 50 grand worth of race car still doesn't sit too well with me.

yak
01-27-2009, 01:01 PM
i got a 70,000 btu kero heater. heats the garage from 30* to 75* in an hour and a half with the window open. when the window's open the fumes aren't bad at all. It's nice working in the garage in january in shorts and tee shirt when it's 10* outside. My dad's a chemical engineer and is usually a fume nazi, I got yelled at all the time when my car was cam only with no cats because it smelt 'too bad' he came into the garage once when I had the kero heater going for a couple hours and was like, "well it smells, but its less than I had thought it would"

JJsnowking
01-27-2009, 09:08 PM
The best is to use a natural gas heater setup. The fumes from a propane or kerosene could kill people in the house after long exposure's.

:eek2: Thats a crazy ass statement. natural gas can and will kill if not vented properly.

Silent killer (http://www.negasco.com/safety/co.php)

2gofast
02-06-2009, 08:57 AM
I use a propane heater and it is fine.

I also put the CO2 detector in the garage (normally in the upstairs of the house) when using it to make sure I don't kill myself. The readings on the detector have gotten quite high. I just vent the garage every now and then to let fresh air in.

If you don't have a CO2 detector - get one they are very cheap insurance.

RsSean
02-06-2009, 09:09 AM
I have a 2 1/2 car garage and only one torpedo heater. Readdy Heater Pro 115 it is a 115,000 btu heater. It runs on kerosene. Some gas stations around here have where you can pump it. It has like a 8 gallon tank. It last a way long time. Longer than 8 hours. It has adjuster knobs on the bac k to filter fumes and other knobs to turn up and down the heat. The room will get hot before the fumes will get to you any ways. Hope that helps