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Do you heat your hangar during the winter?

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Hogster18/01/2013 08:42:10
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I store my models in a brick built garage which also doubles as my workshop. Now with temperatures well below freezing I`ve started using a greenhouse heater in an effort to keep the cold and damp at bay. I have also brought my Tx indoors as an extra precaution.

I`d be interested to know if others take any special precautions during the winter months.

IanN18/01/2013 08:55:33
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Yep. A Convector heater on a low setting plugged into a froststat, just to keep the edge off the temp, although I've been meaning to change the convector for a small oil filled rad when I get round to it

MikeS18/01/2013 09:43:14
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I keep all models in my attick. Its dry and does get warm in the summer but in four years never had any warping.

Mike
sticky fingers18/01/2013 10:13:34
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I,m fortunate I have 2 spare bedrooms of which 1 is a workshop, the other is where all my models timber , kitsand all and sundry go, all centrally heated .No probs with damp or cold.

Dave

Edited By sticky fingers on 18/01/2013 10:14:04

FlyinBrian18/01/2013 10:17:03
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I use an oil filled Rad with the thermostat turned down so it keeps the shed (well insulated) at around 15C.

Martyn K18/01/2013 11:41:20
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I also have a 2kw oil filled radiator in the shed/workshop/man cave but keep it turned down so that it doesn't freeze. The temp is usually only a few degrees (<5C) above freezing at this time of year.

The Tx's/radio gear and other electrical stuff (tools) haven't suffered in any way. The only sign of dampness is that any paper docs tend to bow so I now keep them in plastic sleeves.

I turn a ceramic heater on when I want to work in there.

Martyn

John Cole18/01/2013 13:47:09
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I think any problem is likely to be caused by humidity / condensation rather than low temps. In which case a dehumidifier is going to be cheaper to run than an electric heater. I use one.

Tim Hooper18/01/2013 13:50:49
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Posted by Hogster on 18/01/2013 08:42:10:

I`ve started using a greenhouse heater in an effort to keep the cold and damp at bay.

If that's an old fashioned gas or parafin heater, then it might well make more condensation than ever!

tim

IanN18/01/2013 14:07:23
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Posted by John Cole on 18/01/2013 13:47:09:

I think any problem is likely to be caused by humidity / condensation rather than low temps. In which case a dehumidifier is going to be cheaper to run than an electric heater. I use one.

Agreed that dehums help. I have one too. Anyone who hasn't used one will be absolutely gobsmacked at the amount of moisture they extract - and that's all year round, not just in the winter

You still need a heater when temps get right down though if you;'re going to work in any sort of comfort

Martyn K18/01/2013 14:19:17
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Posted by John Cole on 18/01/2013 13:47:09:

I think any problem is likely to be caused by humidity / condensation rather than low temps. In which case a dehumidifier is going to be cheaper to run than an electric heater. I use one.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll see if I can find one in our local bargain shop.

Martyn

John Cole18/01/2013 15:11:15
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Posted by Martyn K on 18/01/2013 14:19:17:
Posted by John Cole on 18/01/2013 13:47:09:

I think any problem is likely to be caused by humidity / condensation rather than low temps. In which case a dehumidifier is going to be cheaper to run than an electric heater. I use one.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll see if I can find one in our local bargain shop.

Martyn

Some people sell water-absorbing crystals as a "dehumidifier". That's not what I mean. What I use essentially contains the workings of a fridge, a fan and a water collector bucket and is electrically-powered. Something like This. Might get one from FreeCycle / Freegle.

Craig Carr18/01/2013 15:25:43
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Posted by IanN on 18/01/2013 08:55:33:

Yep. A Convector heater on a low setting plugged into a froststat, just to keep the edge off the temp, although I've been meaning to change the convector for a small oil filled rad when I get round to it

Ian,

Just in from poundstretcher, bought myself a 2kw oil filled rad for the garage..... Cost 40 quid.

Smaller 800 watt ones were £20

Craig

weasel18/01/2013 15:42:42
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Got the furnace running in the hangar sitting at 20c nice and warm its a electric convector heater been on since october,,, also have Shed well insulated. Have to keep the bairns warm !!!!
Weaz cold northumberland.....NE66face 5

Hogster18/01/2013 15:55:25
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Posted by Tim Hooper on 18/01/2013 13:50:49:
Posted by Hogster on 18/01/2013 08:42:10:

I`ve started using a greenhouse heater in an effort to keep the cold and damp at bay.

If that's an old fashioned gas or parafin heater, then it might well make more condensation than ever!

tim

No Tim its a modern electric one wink

Cookson18/01/2013 16:16:16
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Posted by John Cole on 18/01/2013 13:47:09:

I think any problem is likely to be caused by humidity / condensation rather than low temps. In which case a dehumidifier is going to be cheaper to run than an electric heater. I use one.

I have a de-humidifier ticking over but also have a small storage radiator on a timer to run on eco7

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