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Use propane, natural gas, or elelctric overhead radiant. If one were to put new hot water system on top of old slab you need to consider what loads you are going to put on top of it. Thin concrete and flexible hose won't cut it. Saw cuts will fragment the concrete like a cut cake. My 2 cents.

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We built a 64x72 shop last spring and put a geo-thermal unit (ground source) in it. It works great. The highest electric bill i had last winter was about $125. A bargain when it is 5*F outside. Plus the A.C. is nice too.

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Bringin up AC is an excellent point. A well insulated shed can develop humidity problems during the summer and while AC may seem a luxury it controls humidity very effectively. We have a closed loop geothermal system in the farm house, an open loop in the old shop, and a propane boiler in the new shed all feeding floor systems. On extremely hot days if you open the new shed and let any hot air in the cold floor will cool the air down after the door is shut and you will get floor condensation. The equipment stored in there also gets condensation so that should be a consideration too. The old shop gets condensation on the windows sometimes just as any house will on extremely hot and humid days, but is drasticly better than the new shed on the same days.
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been looking for heat solution for 75'x75'x18 shop, Im thinking of a Thermo cycler, implement dealer put them in, looks and sounds awesome. one unit, one wall exaust, 3 to 4 degrees from floor to ceiling no ceiling fans or tubes every where, any one have one of these units? They look really simple yet have a computer controlled thermostat so you can ajust the temp according to when your working. I think the price is high but I havent priced tube radiant. 15000 installed. Dealer intown has put them in many city shops and large comm. warehouses. Equip dealer got rid of oil buners and radiants for these units and the mechanics love them. They run on lp, nat gas or fuel oil.
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Good blown in insulation and radiant heat would be pretty cheap and easy to do. We have a 60x100 and it runs on 500 gallons of propane a year.
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How about using one of thoese carbide crack cutting machines that highways use to router out cracks on the cement highway . Then fill the groove with grout instead of tar after putting the heat tube in . Could be a b***h of a job though as the re-bar might not always be in the right location IE - too high . I think that using a couple of propane unit heaters would be the easiest and cheapest solution for you .
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