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Hi all

 

What do we think is the best and safest way to keep my Westfield in good condition over the Winter in my garage? 

 

I obviously don't want huge electricity bills for radiators or heaters and ideally would like to just leave whatever it might be on in the day and night, so needs to be nice and safe.

 

Any ideas or help would be great.

 

Thanks

 

Chris

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corsechris

A 'car-coon' might be a better way. Very cheap to run and keeps the car in a dry atmosphere.

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Yanto

Humidity is the enemy not low temps, but of course the lower the temp for a given amount of water held in vapour form the higher the Relative Humidity, hence why heating helps.

 

Any openings to the outside will affect the ability to reduce the RH by using a de-humidifier or a heater or both, hence a sealed chamber is ideal to control the environment.  You don't have to buy a specialist carcoon, you can make one with heavy duty polythene sheet and gaffa tape to make a sealed bag, if you run a dehumidify in the bag as well it will soon dry the air then just turn it on periodically (emptying the water collector when required).

 

If you want a cheap dehumidifier you can use freezer blocks over a container and run a small fan blowing air over the blocks, it's surprising how much condensation can be collected, again this has to be sealed in the bag, and care taken to reduce air exchange when you change the freezer block. Also bags of rock salt will absorb lots of water, change them periodically, if you heat the salt it drives the water out so is reusable)

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Lyonspride

You can't leave space heater unattended, it's not safe.

 

But I've got my own setup :d

It's based around a Stanley 2000W Turbo fan heater, i've built a special temperature controlled plug socket with a 12v PSU, a digital temp controller and a heavy duty 16A relay, with a remote temperature fuse attached to the side of the heater. If anything went wrong, the heat would blow the fuse at 80c and cut the 12v supply to the relay coil, shutting down the heater long before anything bad could happen.

 

I also have a Delonghi 10L dehumidifier, set to what i've found to be around 60%RH, it can cost upto £20 a month to run, but it's keeping the car and a good few grand worth of tools safe from corrosion.

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Terryathome

Will it not fit in the dinning room or somewhere?

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DamperMan

I went in my single garage this morning to retrieve something from my camper van. The whole out side was soaking wet. Condensation ! I had promised myself but failed!, to seal up the garage and put a dehumidifier in there. That would work best for me. 99% of the time this is great, but when the ambient temp is close to zero the can ice them selves up or safely switch off.

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Steve (sdh2903)

I've plumbed in central heating on my recent garage build and it's been awesome. Just 1 1000mm rad keeps it warm with the insulation and not a drop of moisture.

If the garage is joined to the house maybe it's an option.?

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Thrustyjust

I just built my car before it cold cold and damp  :d . I do have a dehumidifier in the garage and I am used to working in there on my bikes when cold etc, so a small dose of man up and a body warmer works for me. :t-up:

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6carjon

Very jealous of central heating. My garage is dry lined and has a rubber/foam floor, with an insulated loft space to keep it a little warm. It is not centrally heated but usually about 3-4 degrees warmer than the outside temp. I do not seal up the doors as the ventilation is probably what stops it condensing ?  It also helps with ventilation from my fuel breather on the tank which can be a bit smelly....

Careful of fuel vapour !

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Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

:blush: the nearest my "garage" came to having heating!

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Meatibald Archpants

I'm feeling quite lucky that i never get any condensation in the garage whatsoever. Not sure why not though :d

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Nick Mace

The whole out side was soaking wet. 

 

So that's why you're DamperMan!  I was wondering.

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Martin Rice (Sparkymart) - Cornwall AO

You don't have to buy a specialist carcoon, you can make one with heavy duty polythene sheet and gaffa tape to make a sealed bag, if you run a dehumidify in the bag as well it will soon dry the air then just turn it on periodically (emptying the water collector when required).

found this on flee Bay a good starting point for a home made carcoon Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252589927289

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dombanks

I lived in the northwest in a garage covered in ivy... never a problem with damp. Just b*******ingly cold in winter.

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KugaWestie

:blush: the nearest my "garage" came to having heating!

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Dave you are supposed to fit the brake/tail lights to the car, not on tripods behind it facing forward  :d  :popcorn:

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