Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Fishing Report Clubs - LIMITED MEMBERSHIP - Join Today - FREE   01/24/2018

      Fishing Minnesota had added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who also provide detailed fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area  you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency and quality fishing reports provided in the club and less so in the regular fishing report forum open to all members. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If  you want fishing reports  around your area, I would Join Now, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

  • 0
Sign in to follow this  
Bigbartguy

nat gas garage heater - Hot Dawg vs Mr Heater Maxx

Question

Bigbartguy

hi again folks

I'm finally ready to buy a nat gas Garage Heater but am looking at 2 in particular - Hot Dawg vs Mr Heater Maxx. Both are 75btu units. The Mr Heater is about $100 cheaper than the Hot Dawg.

Do any of the HVAC experts have an opinion about the Maxx? I've never heard of it before and all of my buddy's of the Hot Dawg.

thanks!

I just want one that will work forever, cost nothing, and clean my garage for me. My wife already doesnt qualify so I'm hoping a heater will do the trick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

20 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
loosegoose

I have had a hot dawg HD45 in my 24x28 garage for about 8 years and I haven't had a lick of trouble with it. I keep it at 45 all winter long and of course crank it up when I'm out there. I estimate the cost from $20 to $30 per month. It's small, reliable, efficient and fairly quiet. I don't have any experience with the mr heater so I can't speak to that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
blue_healer_guy

Dito with loosegoose.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
PerchJerker

I am looking at these units right now too, I'm curious to hear what people say about them. My neighbor has a Hot Dawg and likes it a lot.

How big of a building are you putting the 75,000 btu heater in? If the heater is too big for the area you will cycle the heater on and off too frequently (not good for the life of the ignition module), and you won't get good heat distribution because the fan isn't running very much.

I'm going with a 45,000 btu in a garage that's 30 x 28, I have a buddy with a 45,000 btu in a garage that's a little bigger than that and he says it works great. Originally I was planning on a 60,000 or 75,000 btu unit but I've been talked into the 45,000.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
FRESHWATER PETIE

Get the hot dawg!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Bigbartguy

I've got a 3 car garage - not sure about the actual size. I think someone recommended 60k, but also 75k. I have a heater guy coming out tommorrow to 'officially' give me a bid. I'll let you know he says

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Umma Gumma

I have a Lennox 30K BTU (looks just like the two you mentioned) in an insulated garage with 9 foot ceilings, and it does very well in there. A lot depends on the level insulation you have in your garage, but I can get it to 70 degrees in about a half hour when the temp is zero outside, and keep it there rather easily. Sometimes I think the sizes recommended by the manufacturers are a little big, but then all 2 and 3 car garages are not the same size.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Whoaru99

Dunno whether or not it's technically "legal", but I went down to a local plumbing/heating place and bought a used furnace for like $100 converted (to LP). It seems to run fine and has been CO checked for heat exchanger cracks, etc.

Of course, you need to rig up an exhaust pipe and something for a plenum but those were pretty easy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Bigbartguy

I just got a quote for a new heater, gas line and vent install. They recommended a 75btu heater (reznor). WOW, $1600! I'm doing this myself. I'll just pay to have someone pipe the gas into the garage and I'll vent it myself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
PerchJerker

You said you have a 3 car garage? I would like to know the sq. footage and the ceiling height, and if you're insulated or not. I think you are being oversold.

I've got a buddy with a 45k btu in a 30x30 insulated 3 car garage, easily keeps the heat at 45 degrees, takes it up to 70 degrees in 20 minutes when he wants to do that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
dewydog

You are being way over sold. Unless you are making your garage a living room you only need the 45btu. I installed the unit and venting myself with no experience at all. Of course the wife made me get it inspected. Everything was perfect and the venting cost me less than 100 dollars at Menards. I bought the unit and with in 3 hours i had it running. Just my two cents. smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
river-rat4

Bigbartguy-

Have you considered "Infrared" gas heater?

Heats objects (floor, walls...) instead of the air, which goes out the garage door when opened.

I bought one last year, installed myself. I am very happy I went Infrared. (I have a pipe threader and all of the tools/knowledge for hard piping= cheaper).

I have a 50k btu propane unit that is used to heat a 24x26x9 1/2 foot high garage. It is recommended for a three car garage. (My garage- insulated garage door, WALLS- r13(2x4) CEILING- 2x10 (r38)).

Insulation is the key. This is power vent unit. (can vent out of side wall, or roof)

I can help you out if looking at this angle.

Brandt

btunell@msn.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
RobertELee

I would definetly go Infrared. It is a lot more comfortable than a regular heater.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
castmaster

out of curiousity, how fast does the infra red heat up the space if you leave the thermostat set at 50 and want to bump it up to 70?

any issues with thermostat being thrown "off" by a wall thats warmer (closer to the heat source) than the rest? does a guy need to put a little more thought into location of the thermostat?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Down Deep

I have a 36 X 30 garage and I installed a 75K Hot Dawg. The garage is insulated and rocked. Even when the temps are below zero this unit will get the garage up to sweatshirt comfort in 10 minutes. I don't keep the garage heated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
MNice

Radiant heaters are slow to warm up the area, not a good solution for heating "once in a while".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
onemagnum

deweydog, what kind of heater did you install? I have a similar garage.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
eyes'

We have 3 heated garages... 2 of them have Hot Dawgs and the shop has 2 Infrared heaters... I would not go with the infrared. they make just as much noise as an overhead heater does and they don't dry out fishhouses very fast...

Just my 2 cents...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
trackerbrent

I was going to go with a similar unit in my garage, but too expensive. I bought a brand new Amana 80k btu house furnace. Really nice, with a stainless steel heat exchanger. I hung the furnace horizontal from the ceiling, suspended with unistrut and all thread. I do not have a plenum on it yet, just bent a piece of panning over the heat exchanger to direct the air for now. I am working on getting a plenum made so I can run duct out and cut registers in. I paid $350 for furnace, $25 for material to hang it, $40 for thermostat and stat wire, $60 for flue material, free gas line (buddy had some extra), about $10 in black iron to gas it and I am done. So about $500 and I have a heater that is more efficient, more btu's,better quality and will heat my garage in about 10-15 minutes under below 0 conditions. Just thought I would through this out as an option to the traditional garage heaters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
river-rat4

castmaster,

I leave the garage around 50-55 degrees all winter, heats up fast enough for me. It would depend on the size of garage and insulation.

I agree with the above mentioned. I would not recommend it for the occasional heating, but also keep in mind that heating once in a while causes ALL of the objects in the garage to condensate which equal rusty tools/toolboxes, steel shelving, car jacks or anything metal.

I have the infrared unit hanging across the front of the garage, closer to one side. It is only about 9 foot long. I have it direct vented out of the side wall at about 8 to 9 foot off of the ground. I have the thermostat located on the side wall about 10-12 foot away without any issues arising. The wall with the thermostat does not get direct heat.

I am very happy with it.

btunell@msn.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
dewydog

onemagnum,

I have the 45btu hotdawg. I love it and so does my dog!! Installed the dogy door so he can sleep in the heated garage. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      Has your tip up been in deeper water, shallower or the same? I’m hoping to get some iced this last weekend of the season. Devils Lake in ND is a good bet.
    • Mark
      Catching a lot of them in 34 feet
    • tca12
      Back on the Horseshoe chain I put in another 7 hours seeing zero pike yesterday.  I must be using the wrong decoys since I can draw in sunfish, crappies, bass, and catfish all day.  Finally caught a pike on a tip-up outside the house so at least I didn't get skunked again.  Looks like that will do it for spearing season unless I can figure out a North Dakota lake to try...
    • Reid Saarela
      Quick report from last weekend: Fished a couple midlake reefs in big bay and the walleye seemed to be non existent aside from a few dinks, although, the action was pretty decent. Jumbo perch, tullibee, and a few crappie kept me busy. From hearing other people’s late season reports along with my experience last weekend it seems like a lot of the walleye have moved to different types of structure, perhaps shallower?? I’m not sure, but had very few marks that appeared to be walleye.  
    • IceHawk
      Agree Pike they new there Stuff bought a few guns there and great prices!
    • IceHawk
      Anyone one of you guys ever use Dave Smith decoys?  They sure look realistic but wow come with a price. I like the avian X and I have a couple custom painted from a artist friend that look real good also.  Yes I  realize  a lot of people  don't use decoys. And I realize there is a time and situation for that  But I'm kind of a decoy junky lol! i rarely find my self going with out any. 
    • mrpike1973
      I agree Ice Hawk. I liked Sportsmans seemed to have more people that actually fished and knew what they were talking about for help.
    • IceHawk
      Great vid on my bucket list also. I always loved seeing those peacock fisherman throwing  those woodchoppers. Seems like a very aggressive fish I need to target someday 
    • IceHawk
      Bring a scoop of each and try a variety the fish will tell you what they are preferring. 
    • IceHawk
      Boy your lucky sure miss the one in St Cloud  they always seem to carry a great selection for everything. We are kind of limited with only Mills and Scheels . Dicks just doesn't have it for me. 
  • Share & Have Fun