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Heat without a fireplace?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by nwwoodsman, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Last year our in-laws brought their generator over when the power was down for a week and half with 2 feet of snow here in Vernonia. That won't happen again this year.
    Anyone have any ideas to heating a room with no fireplace or generator running?
     
  2. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    Baked beans or chile good ole natural gas

    or as Hank Hill would say Propain and propain accessories

    what else solar take a lot of expense to set up enough to heat a house

    no fire place how about a wood stove good enough in case of emergency all gather around the wood stove

    good insulation
     
  3. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    Propane or kerosene heaters, I vote propane it's cleaner and easier..
     
  4. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Steel pot. A big one. Start a fire in it! :)
     
  5. CaughtSteelin

    CaughtSteelin Oregon Member

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    Like others, I vote propane heater. They can heat a good chunk of a house.

    Also don't do the above. Starting a fire in an enclosed area sucks...yes I was young and dumb ONCE or maybe twice. :paranoid: For the record nothing burnt down as it was an proper maintained fire.
     
  6. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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  7. PDXGS

    PDXGS Aloha... yes, Aloha, Oregon Member

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    Kerosene or propane....either way you should install a vent. CO poisoning is a bytch.
     
  8. dobanion

    dobanion North Portland, Oregon Member

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    You are in Vernonia, and you DON'T have a wood stove?
     
  9. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    Coleman makes a couple of propane heaters that have catalitic converters?? that can be used inside closed buildings.
     
  10. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    you the Mr. Buddy rated for indoor and outdoor use. Fishermans has the big buddy on sale for $119 and they work awesome.
     
  11. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I have seen this product at Bi-Mart. But, on the box it does say to leave a window open if you use it indoors.
     
  12. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    As an ex-volunteer fireman, and as a son of a professional fireman who carried out many dead carbon monoxide victims, let me chime in and shout: ANY INDOOR COMBUSTION HAS TO HAVE A CHIMNEY TO LET THE POISON GAS OUT!

    Any flame, whether catalytic or open fire, creates poisonous gas whether there is smoke or not. There has to be a chimney to let hot "burned" gases rise up out of the house. If not, the poison gas cools and recirculates down into the room. Carbon monoxide is the killer: colorless, odorless, and heavier than air---it settles and pools up from the floor level. It binds with the blood to prevent oxygen absorbtion, and builds up rapidly over time in a cumulative progression. Victims get a headache and get sleepy and stupid, and relatively quickly pass out and DIE in their beds or chairs. Lucky survivors noted that their pets died first since they were on the floor, and escaped.

    If you want some kind of indoor emergency heater, also get a bunch of cheap aluminum dryer ducting and sheet flashing to create a covering chimney to exit the house through an upper window or hole high in the wall. Better yet, create a second duct to feed fresh outdoor air to the heater so that cold air is not sucked into the house somewhere else. Never close off the chimney until the fire is dead cold, because it is still producing carbon monoxide if there is any burning still happening.

    Read the newspapers: every cold spell there are many deaths and near-deaths from indoor burning without chimneys, or from idiots running generators inside their attached garage.......................elsullo
     
  13. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    I have one of those in my garage in the winter and it is great. I got the optional power adapter to run the fan all the time and the hose to run it off of my big propane tank. Keeps a two car garage warm enough to work in shorts while it is snowing outside.:thumbup:
     
  14. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    If that is the "big" Mr. Bubby that is a great deal. We rent a condo for work and we use the Mr. Buddy heater in the garage in the winter It rocs
     
  15. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    That is not the big Mr. Buddy. The one we use is much larger and uses a seperate tank,
     
  16. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    I have 3 Mr. Buddies - shop, boat, and garage and they are worth their weight in gold. Like the other poster said buy the kit to use the large tank instead of the little bottles and keep warm all winter. But for emergency use you cannot beat it other than a wood stove. Plus I have noticed if someone waits till late November Fishermans often sells the Big Budy for $99. Great deal but that Joes is gone now I don't know if they will do that and that is why in general I think their prices have risen.
     
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  17. BryanO

    BryanO W.WA Member

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