It’s a well-documented fact by now that I’m a giant sissy when it comes to cold weather in the shop. Luckily I live in Texas, and cold down here doesn’t take on the same bite as it might in someplace like upstate New York. Regardless, this year I’m looking into something like the Hero heater. It’s a forced-air unit and claims to easily heat a space the size of two-car garage. Okay Mr. Heater; you have my attention.
The Hero claims a 35,000 BTU-per-hour output with a cordless battery capacity of 8 hours use per charge. No cords and no propane refill per charge — this is already worth a look, but the fan noise, which Mr. Heater says is about 50 percent less than standard from other forced-air units, is enough to get us interested.
The street pricing here seems to run about $180, which is a small price to pay if it will push shop temperatures up enough that my extremities don’t feel frozen solid when I’m trying to work.
How do winter temperatures affect your shop work? Obviously it will be different for everyone depending on location, but what solutions do you recommend for Toolmongers as they go on working through the cold months?