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Fine moto shop here:http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_anders_bike_shop.htmlPatrick HayesFremont CA
A simple kerosene heater turns my unheated garage into a heated garage. I just lighted the heater and in about a 1/2 hour it'll be sweatshirt temperature in an a hour or so t-shirt temperature.Craigslist + $50 = heated work space
I've got a 14x20' shop, but am worried about the kerosene/diesel heaters. Some of my bikes have fuel in the tank, and there's solvent and other chemicals around. Is the ignition hazard real, or just my "heated" imagination?
All of my bikes have fuel in the,m and are parked in the garage. Unless they are perfusly leaking fuel on the concrete and you are tap dancing with flint soled shoes you'll be fineI had up to 8 motorcycles, snow blower 5 gallon gasoline and kerosene cans all full along with various solvents and oil in the garage while the kerosene heater was burning away. I keep flamables at least 3 feet away from the heaters and have never had an issue.
Okay. At my work the insurance agent made the shop guys buy a flammables safety cabinet to store solvent, fuel, etc. And that's with a hot air heating system that doesn't present an ignition hazard. The safety lockers are pricey ($700) but I could wait for a used one to show up.
Unless you have all NEMA 4 explosion proof electrical system there is always an ignition source. Safety is a great thing and safety process should be followed. But work and home are 2 different animals. Where I work we are 100% PPE anytime you walk into any of our shops or jobsites. I''ve never put on a hardhat, safety glasses, hearing protection, safety to shoes or a Hi-Vis vest to walk into my garage.
It ain't much, but it's warm and dry....
Not complete PPE, but I'm sure you (and I) even at home put on safety glasses, hearing protection, boots, when needed. Part of my concern is that my shop is attached to my house. A fire could take everything.Re this issue, I've got a relative who is a Lt at fire dept. I'll ask him.
My garage is attached as well and the basment steps are in the garage. So if fumes are going to accumilate they'll flow to the basement and pool there until the boiler lights and then the big boom.
I talked to the fireman. He advised that I shouldn't be worried that the diesel/kerosene heaters are an ignition source, even with the shop's containers of fuel and solvent. I should be worried that they are carbon monoxide generators. He recommended using heaters w exhaust venting to the outside.
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