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How To Heat Your Home Without Power

How To Heat Your Home Without Power

We’re getting into the winter months in the United States, and many areas are already experiencing cold weather. This, of course, means that keeping our homes warm is always in the back of our minds both for our own comfort and for the safety of people who are physically weaker such as the elderly or very young who may not be able to handle exposure to colder temperatures for long periods of time.

But what can you do to heat your home during an extended power outage such as a disaster situation in which public utilities are not operational? Fortunately, there are options for heating your home when the power is out. A writer going by the name of Rich M gives us some options, and here they are along with our commentary:

  1. Propane: If you are like many people living in older homes and rural areas, you may already be used to heating your home with propane. Please note, however, that the propane “forced air” heaters used to heat your home still requires electricity to use, so that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about ceramic heaters, sometimes called catalytic heaters, to heat your home. These work very well to heat rooms in your home.
  2. Kerosene: Another portable heater option. Rich M advises that this may only be cost effective if you live in an area where people already use kerosene to heat their homes.
  3. Passive Solar: Of course, this means planning the building of your home to take advantage of the angles of the sun, but, if you haven’t built your home yet, then this may be something worth planning to take advantage of.
  4. Coal: Because coal is rock filled with petroleum, this isn’t an ideal solution, but it may be an option to use in a pinch to keep from freezing. The biggest issues are going to be ventilation, both to keep the coal lit (it requires a lot of oxygen flow) and to keep fumes from your living area), and to use a fireplace or wood burning stove lined with fire brick. Note: long term use will damage your fireplace or stove.
  5. Animal Dung: Obviously, this is a last ditch effort because who wants that in the house? But burning dried dung has been done in other cultures for centuries. So, if you have nothing else to work with (not even trees to chop down for wood), then this may get you through until you can get a better fuel to keep your home warm.

Now, you can likely think of other options for fuel that you can use beyond what is listed here, and it would be a good idea to keep that kind of information in the back of your mind. Better to make plans now and have options than to suffer later for lack of planning.

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  • used motor oil, spare tires.
    a hot spring is a really nice thing to have.
    if the emp kills all the cars just burn the rich folks limos.
    railroad ties burn durty but hot, same for telephone poles.

  • Good suggestion Telephone Poles contain Copper Sulfate and that would be
    released in to the Air when burning, not sure about Railroad Ties they
    may also contain hazardous materiel of course that would depend on age
    too! There are a lot of sources for Wood to burn myself I use old Pallets or box spring frames got at least another year supply left have had my pile for 3 years now got them for free from a recyclable materials person who recycles the insides even got them delivered for free saved them from going to the landfill and he saved money too (no Dump Fees).

  • the Germans just made diesel fuel from co2/water, blue crud!!!!
    amazing the oil companies allowed it to be announced, or even tried.
    solar powered liquid ox/hydrogen made from water ain’t easy but can be done,using tiny air pumps like the ones for fat tires.
    a trip to the moon on that stuff.
    lol

  • CO2 and water I do not see how as the world consumes millions of Gallons of that everyday that is the base for Soda Pop Co2 Is not flammable. However take some water run electric current through it and you have a Hydrogen generator. I can not remember the exact process but I think you might find it on youtube. I did read up a little about the process using H2 Water minus the O and some how using Copper & Steel https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/new-way-to-turn-waste-co2-into-road-ready-diesel-fuel/articleshow/55562850.cms You can also convert your garbage in to Methane and run a generator off of that. There is some guy on the internet selling plans I think for around $10.00 but don’t quote me on that. 🙂

  • somehow the Brilliant Germans did it again,and the OIL MOB allowed tit to become known yesterday a real first,the Audi outfit did it.
    they will never allow it in the USA.
    blue crude is sent thru a normal refinery,using wind power amazing.

  • What did Hillary have to hide, she didn’t do anything wrong, did she??? why didn’t she give all her emails??? shes is an alcoholic, drug addict, a liar, murderer of Seth Rich, and Vince Foster who turned her emails to Wikileaks, she can’t walk, can’t talk, was coughing, and pedophile billy boy had to talk for her, you wanted them to be president, are you a retard stupid liberal demon-rat, we the people voted for a non politician that is not stealing us blind, and you want more theft of our money, and destruction of our economy, you have shit for brains
    look at the high waste, and pollution our cars are producing, a 200 mpg Porge vapor carburetor sitting in the patient office collecting dust, liquid gas does not burn, Volkswagen has a 264 mpg diesel not coming here, boycott the oil company owned auto company’s, spread the word.
    The only thing that will bring us out of this depression is free energy, hydrogen from water, have this as your debate, you can make all the hydrogen, as you drive from a tank of water, you know our space shuttles,are powered by hydrogen / oxygen made from water, tell every one not buy a new car / truck, to boycott the auto company’s, when they can’t sell their pieces of junk low mileage vehicles, they will have to bring out water to hydrogen powered vehicles, and kits to change the vehicles now that we have, just think what our world would be like with free energy. Do you want your world back? spread the word boycott the auto company’s that are destroying our world. the inventor of the water to hydrogen auto was murdered by our Democrat Government, get
    mad get real mad of the Democrats. Also audit all the Senator’s and representatives, they have wasted, and stole our money, make them repay all, and tax them. Do these 2 things, and the Demo rats will be finished, don’t do this and the civil war, will escalate, and the economy will collapse, get this out all over the USA. this is the only thing that will bring the economy around.put this out , and spread the word to boycott the auto company’s don’t buy a new car/ or truck. do this Trump, and we will have our dreams back again. Heating your home with Hydrogen.

  • I was reading where the Korean’s came up with a one step process for Diesel by using Copper & Steel for removing the 0 from water leaving H2 then mixing in the CO2! What the Germans are doing is using wind and solar generated power to charge the water and separating the H2 From the O then mixing the CO2 in creating a crude oil compound and that is sent on to be refined. The Koran’s say their come out ready to use! The German’s will have a plant on line next year they say.

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