October 15, 2012
Survival Skills: How To Stay Warm During a Power Outage - 3
by Tim MacWelch
For those of us with functional fireplaces or working woodstoves, the impending cold weather doesn’t seem too bad. But most people in America don’t have a stove or operating fireplace. For those who rely on electric heat, or a system that needs electricity to burn fuel, the thought of utility outages and winter storms can be scary.
Here are some important things to consider when heating your home without power.
Don’t Try To Heat The Whole House
Don’t Use Combustion Without Ventilation
Heat From Light
No Fire Indoors? Then Put It Outside
Next, get some rocks from a dry location or a few more of those bricks. Then, fire up the grill or build a fire outside and throw the rocks or bricks in the fire to heat them up. Let them sit for about 45 minutes and then scoop them out with a shovel. Get all the coals and sparks off of the bricks or rocks. Drop them into a stainless steel cooking pot. (Other types of pots may get damaged by the heat, and galvanized buckets can release toxic vapors under such heat, so stick with the steel pot.) Carefully bring the hot rocks or bricks inside and set the pot of hot stuff on your heat-proof platform. Repeat as needed every few hours.
Clearly, you have a lot of work ahead of you if you do lose power in the cold, but thankfully you have a lot of options as well.