Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
When we moved into our present home 35+ years ago, my father-in-law gave me a salamander to use.
1st thing...it was louder'n'hell, 2) it sucked all the O2 out of the air, and 3) made my garage smell like a Bi-Sate bus terminal. NO THANKS!!!
I found a warehouse going out of business, and for $200 I bought a year-old 75K Btu hanging gas furnace. 20 ft of black-iron pipe, 2 shut-off valves and unions, a simple wall-mounted thermostat, some angle iron, 3/8" studs and nuts, and a roof chimney I was in business. I keep my 2.5+ car garage at a minimum of 50 degrees F, and at 10 degrees outside I get a degree-a-minute rise. When working I keep the t-stat set to 70.
I was at a former coworkers house last week dealing with a Ford Focus/key issue and noticed in his 5-car garage he had an electric heater mounted in the upper ceiling corner. It was about 12" X 12" X 10" with integral blower...and it KICKED ASS!!! outside temp was in the 20s, and this little heater easily kept the garage warm. I'm waiting for a call back for brand and details.
Get some years on you, lose some circulation, and see how using your hands in a cold garage works out for you.