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My workshop is a wooden shed, 6 meters long by 2.5 meters wide, 2.3 meters tall, split into 2 sections (2.5 and 3.5 meters) with a sliding door and 15mm ply partition wall.
It's insulated on all sides, floor and ceiling with 50mm EPS (polystyrene slabs)

Door and window are upvc double glazed jobbies, it's totally water tight and i have 6 hit and miss type vents, these i can close off in winter, which i have done but left them cracked open a tiny bit... wondering if i should have these open, or totally close them and tape them up?

I have a frost heater in each part of the shed, the small side has a 60 watt tubular heater, and the main side has a 120 watt one... which the person who pays the electric bill is moaning about because they think frost heaters should be 30 watts max, they are thermostatic and i have the thermostat set on min, so they only come on in the night.

The logging thermometer in there shows that the min temp inside so far has been 3 degrees C, whilst outside has been minus 4 so the frost heaters are doing their job, there's a 2KW fan heater to bring the temp up when i go in there.

It seems that it just wants to sit at ~75% humidity tho, i'm near the coast in the Scarborough area, so it's wet here a lot, today is the first day it hasn't been drizzling for well over 2 weeks.

i have a compressor type dehumidifier, but that's useless at these temps, the coils just freeze up, then it pee's water everywhere when they defrost.

So i think i need a desiccant drum type dehumidifier, and ideally one i can pipe the drain outside on so it's fit and forget.
They all seem to boast that they are good for a 4 bedroom house and all that, and thus pull 100+ watts all the time.

Searching for shed or even caravan dehumidifiers seem to show those plastic boxes with a handful of desiccant granules in them.

I've figured i'll have to pay £100+ for one, but i really want a small one that i can either wall mount or sit under a bench, and be sized for a small area.

Do they exist?
Or is it usual chinese style marketing, and one for a 4 bed house really means it'll just about work for a small shed.

The desicant types I've come across are all based on Silica Gel and to re-genrerate the silica gel needs  cooking at about 120 C for a few hours so can't be drained outside.

See this thread of mine from a few years back - but airline only not the whole workshop !,11936.0.html

I use an EBAC  one. itís like a fridge in reverse so the coils freeze up , then thaw to remove the water  into a bucket or itís built in collector. It works well AND actually warms the shop a bit in the heating phase of the cycle .

tom osselton:
I use a DryStream 


--- Quote from: tom osselton on January 18, 2021, 08:24:36 PM ---I use a DryStream

--- End quote ---

Is't that a bit expensive kit to keep workshop interior slightly less humid? :scratch:


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