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Old 04-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #51
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Okay, so I have some short term experience here. Since I am a broke college student and have nothing, I had to quit heating my house (I live in Maine). I have a pellet stove, and oil heat, but couldn't afford it. My house is an old farm house from the 1850's on the water, so it gets extremely windy...and cold. Even in Maine, my house interior stayed around mid 30-40 degrees. Wearing thermal pants under jeans, wool socks, shoes, gloves, warm cap, thermal shirt and a sweater worked pretty good, especially if you're moving around. Only twice did I have to break out the hand warmer. Gloves are a must too. The fingerless gloves work good for things that require dexterity, like brushing your teeth, writing, or typing. Waking up is the worst and you're almost frozen, so waking up I would do 25 pushups, dips, squats, and situps. That seemed to help get the blood flowing and warm me up enough to be able to change in the morning. Soup is amazing for warmth, and holding a warm bowl of soup is great for thawing out stiff fingers.
A cheap zero-degree sleeping bag saved me. I couldn't sleep without it. Just getting inside it, and you'll feel the warmth in minutes.
Also I found that sleeping in a closet works great because you can run a space heater for a few minutes to bring the temp up.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:25 PM   #52
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Wow. Any south facing windows?

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Okay, so I have some short term experience here. Since I am a broke college student and have nothing, I had to quit heating my house (I live in Maine). I have a pellet stove, and oil heat, but couldn't afford it. My house is an old farm house from the 1850's on the water, so it gets extremely windy...and cold. Even in Maine, my house interior stayed around mid 30-40 degrees. Wearing thermal pants under jeans, wool socks, shoes, gloves, warm cap, thermal shirt and a sweater worked pretty good, especially if you're moving around. Only twice did I have to break out the hand warmer. Gloves are a must too. The fingerless gloves work good for things that require dexterity, like brushing your teeth, writing, or typing. Waking up is the worst and you're almost frozen, so waking up I would do 25 pushups, dips, squats, and situps. That seemed to help get the blood flowing and warm me up enough to be able to change in the morning. Soup is amazing for warmth, and holding a warm bowl of soup is great for thawing out stiff fingers.
A cheap zero-degree sleeping bag saved me. I couldn't sleep without it. Just getting inside it, and you'll feel the warmth in minutes.
Also I found that sleeping in a closet works great because you can run a space heater for a few minutes to bring the temp up.
Hope that helps.
Damn I'm glad I live in the south!
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Damn I'm glad I live in the south!
Screw you dude!!!! I'm FROM Charleston!!!!!!!!
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i got a interesting question what if the hole grid just shutdown tommaroe and i use natural gas to heat my home i dont have a fireplace or anythang and its dead of winter how do i heat my house? what can i build to heat my house with wood i got plenty of wood and lets say i cant go to town? the question is more directeded to i was dumb and didn;t prepare for the situation even tho yes i do have a generator and kerosene heaters but lets say i dont have any of those or in the long run kerosene and gas for the generator will run out What do i ?

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i got a interesting question what if the hole grid just shutdown tommaroe and i use natural gas to heat my home i dont have a fireplace or anythang and its dead of winter how do i heat my house? what can i build to heat my house with wood i got plenty of wood and lets say i cant go to town? the question is more directeded to i was dumb and didn;t prepare for the situation even tho yes i do have a generator and kerosene heaters but lets say i dont have any of those or in the long run kerosene and gas for the generator will run out What do i ?
If your natural gas supply is anything close to like ours down here it is all mechanical and the compressor station runs off of the natural gas it distributes. Which is pretty awesome here because it doesn't take much more than a light breeze to knock out electricity to half the county. I've heard estimates ranging from 6 months to 2 years longevity out of the compressor station if the grid completely collapses and nobody can get parts to repair the engines when they fail. If you have a natural gas line from a public utility running to your house you might look into a natural gas generator and hope the grid comes back up before the natural gas stops flowing.
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. . . what can i build to heat my house with wood i got plenty of wood and lets say i cant go to town? . . .
People did use wood before Ben Franklin invented the pot belly (metal) stove. I would think you could cobble something together stacking bricks and/or using field stones. The chimney would be a problem.

Our grid was down for three weeks after the ice storm. We heated the cabin with gas via a central air register. No power? No problem.
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ive herd of making it out of 55 gal steel barrel but the chimey is the problem

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barrel stoves have been popular for years. You can easily buy barrel stove kits(door,legs,collar). All you need is some metal stove pipe. People have been sticking stove pipe out windows for 100 years.

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While a good chimney is MUCH more preferable, one of these kits, one or two 55 gallon drums (cleaned of any flammable or toxic contents) and some stovepipe would be a darned good start. Be sure it is on a non-combustible surface.

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