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What is the best way to heat a smaller shop. I have switched to propane from kerosene.
What size of shop are talking about? What is the building type/construction.
There is no "best system" for all small shops. There is only the best system for your given situation.
Propane is a good step up from kerosene assuming that you are going from an unvented kerosene unit to a vented propane unit.
Instead of telling you what is the best system I would tell you what to avoid. That would be any unvented system and any heat source, vented or unvented, that uses indoor shop air for combustion. Wood dust is explosive and should never be exposed to open flame.
I think in floor radiant with a NG boiler is the most cost effective and comfortable way to heat a woodshop.
In floor sounds nice. We are drilling holes in the floor constantly. That would scare the hell out of me.
My slab is 6" thick, the pipe for the heat is stapled to the foam insulation under the slab. You just don't drill all the way through, and when you abandon pins in the floor, you cut them off instead of pounding them in.
I get squeamish drilling holes in the floor though, but most anchors don't have to go terribly deep to do their job. The only thing I'm concerned about is a pipe not being where it's supposed to be and being too close to the surface.
The heat is outstanding, it keeps everything warm. Material, equipment, feet. Recovering time from doors being opened is surprisingly quick. My little shop has almost 600k pounds of concrete in the floor, once the floor is up to temp, there isn't much fluctuation.
Plus there's no air being handled or heating equipment being affected by dust. I wouldn't heat a woodshop any other way unless heat wasn't needed often. I'm in Minnesota, it runs almost 5 months a year.
You can pretty easily see the tubing in the floor with an infrared gun. My heating guy located tubing for me.
Best heat source for my shop.
On a professional site like this one, a smaller shop could mean 10,000 square feet to some. You might want to narrow it down a little.