heating room for food storage

erin_mamaOctober 18, 2007

I am going to steal space from my garage for food storage. My 3 kitchen cupboards just aren't cutting it!

We have a detached garage with a small room (7x9) that was used as a workshop. It has a door and appears to be insulated. I want to use it to store canned food and dry goods. The garage is unheated, and all I really want to do is keep this small room above freezing.

First of all-do I need to keep the temperature above freezing, or is this a figment of my imagination? If so, is there a space heater that is energy efficient and safe to use for this purpose? Any other suggestions?

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lucy

Yes above freezing is very important, and possibly above ~ 45-50 F, as contents could be affected (separation, etc.) by drastic drops. I'd be more worried about what gas fumes would do to my dry goods though.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2007 at 1:33PM
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erin_mama

Ah... Thanks Lucy. I didn't think about that. Maybe just the canned food, then.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2007 at 3:51PM
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skagit_goat_man_

You could add more insulation to the room so a small electric heater would keep the temp you want without running all the time. Another consideration is the humidity level. You don't want your dry good to "cake" or the lids on the canned food to rust. But sounds as if this shouldn't be too big a project. Tom

    Bookmark   October 19, 2007 at 9:21AM
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emagineer

My first thought was adding insulation due to change in temps both winter and summer. An unattended heater would worry me. Although there are heating "mats" for workshops, etc. which could be used. Also heating strips which are safe.

The Greenhouse forum may have some ideas for you. They have many suggestions for managing temp changes and most of their buildings are totally without insulation. There must be some safe and suitable heating options on their forum which might work.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2007 at 10:57AM
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