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Emergency Preparation: POWER GRID Down in the WINTER

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  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I think he is confusing a “CO” (carbon MONOxide) detector with a CO2 (carbon Dioxide).

    It’s a bunch of GOOD advice. Pay attention to what temperatures you may have to deal with. And you can always end up dealing with a freak situation where it’s a lot colder than normal.

    I still like the rectangular style of Kerosene heaters, but I certainly don’t like paying top dollar for jugs of kerosene at retail shops. ($5-10 per gallon).

    I found a gas station that sells it at the PUMP for $2.98 / gallon. I called the local regional (small) airport, and they will sell me JP1 (jet fuel, is kerosene with some added chemical), for $3.54/gallon but I must bring ONLY FEDERALLY LEGAL containers for that fuel- BLUE containers, and they will “accompany me” to and from the pumping station.

    I wonder how good or how BAD it would be to use the ultra low sulfur diesel fuel? If it would be too stinky, etc? Or if it would be possible to put it thru a charcoal filter or something, to remove some bad component and make it less “bad” for indoor heating?

    I also have had good success with the GLASS, indoor style of Kerosene LAMPS (7/8″ wick).
    These put out, about 1,000 BTU’s each, as well as about 12 candle power of light.

    I am very DISAPPOINTED about the Dietz Hurricane METAL body lanterns, because they create a LOT of indoor air pollution. (they put out up to 1400 BTU’s and up to 14 candle power of light), but when I used them for heating, they were making me sick in less than 12 hours of use. Very obviously getting congested lungs, coughing, burning eyes, etc.

    Just to remind everybody, that ELECTRIC HEATERS, produce 3.41 BTU’s per WATT. So a 1000 watt heater will produce 3,410 BTU’s. (that’s about the same as from 3 kerosene Lamps!)
    You can warm up a smaller room that way. 4 kerosene Lamps, will be about 4,000BTU’s.

    Each lamp burns about ONE OUNCE per hour. (Kerosene, JP1, and diesel fuel, all contain about 130,000BTU’s per gallon= ONE gallon is 128 ounces.)… so THAT’s how you get 1000BTU’s per ounce!!!

    The FULL size kerosene LAMPS, typically have a reservoir of ONE QUART (32 ounces).

    Just about every day, you’ll have to “trim off” about 1/8th-1/4 inch of “crusty-wick”…BUT, I have found, that I can crank up the wick (to work on it), and by pinching it with a pair of needle nose pliers, I can pinch, squeeze the crusty part to loosen the crust, and then use the pliers to support-pinch the full width of the wick,and with my fingernail, I can scrub the tip of the wick, to remove the loose crust without fraying the wick.

    It’s then good for another burn-cycle, and I’ve lost only about 1mm of wick. This way, you can make each “wick-inch” last for about 3-4 weeks instead of cutting off 1/4″ each day.

    It’s a bit of a pain in the ass to refill the kerosene lamp each day, but hey, it gives you light and heat, and it’s silent, portable, and does NOT require any electricity.

    If you’ve ever had the experience of BUSTED-frozen water pipes, then you can appreciate having an extra way of getting some heat into that area, and hopefully prevent a disaster.

    For a crawl space, or some area where you don’t need to breathe the bad air, it would be GREAT to use a Dietz hurricane Lantern model, known as the JUPITER (cost about $33), because it has a reservoir tank that holds enough fuel for 72 hours!!! If you had a couple of those, depending on how large the area, you may be able to save your pipes.

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