My shop is a smaller space but is dedicated. It fits my benches and tools nicely so that I have room enough to work on projects of various sizes. Check out the previous series of posts on my sons' desks. I did move the desks finish work to my garage but a single desk would have had plenty of room for finishes to be applied.
In the winter though, the shop becomes nearly unusable.
In the worst of the winter, the temperature in the shop would fall to the upper 40's to low 50's. As you can see, I had 2 radiant electric heaters in the shop. If I turned these on and came back in an hour or so, I could get to the upper 50's and maybe even 60's. Overall, the shop isn't fun in the winter with this temperature range.
So...I decided to investigate other heating options. I talked to my residential HVAC folks and they said a Resner style heater would be more than enough for this space. It's a gas burning heater with a fan.
Now that I had a plan, it was time to execute. I had to remove an air filter first and do some pathwork on my walls.
Fortunately, when I had this space built, I had a gas stub out placed in the shop for future use. I just wish I had taken advantage of that years earlier. The HVAC folks did a great job of running additional gas pipe and a new electrical circuit and they did it while keeping the impact on my shop to zero.
The location of the heater is approximately where the old air filter was. It's size is pretty similar too. As you can see the front has some adjustable louvers to control the air flow.
The heater has a simple chimney going through the roof. You can see the gas and electrical hookup along with the simple blower that passes over the heating coils.
One additional benefit of this heating system is that there is a standard programable thermostat so that I can keep the shop in a more normal temperature range for woodworking. I'm really looking forward to this winter and the woodworking I should be able to accomplish.
I'm heading to California to help my folks out on some projects but when I get back, I hope to really tackle some new tool storage.