Heating Options – Keeping Warm is Essential
Even warm climates have days and nights that get cold when there is no heat to take the chill out of the air. And with no electric or fuel oil delivery, it can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Here are some options to consider.
Fireplace/wood stove – I know you might be saying that you don’t have either a fireplace or a wood stove, but they both can be easily installed in a home. These options, however, require a great deal of wood, which may cause two problems. The first is where to store a large supply of wood. The second is your neighbors knowing you have heat and they will want to stay with you when winter hits. Sharing heat isn’t bad, but they will also want to share your food and water stash. If you live in an area where neighbors are not an issue, this small sized wood stove may work well for you, providing not only heating, but a cooking surface, as well. It is called the Hi-Flame Shetland Wood Stove. Keep in mind that much larger wood burning stoves are available, as well, but may not be necessary for your needs.
Clothing – Hopefully, if you are a “shelter in place” prepper, you will have set aside enough warm clothing to get you through a winter, if necessary.
DIY Paint Can Heater/Stove – This is a super option, easy and inexpensive to make as a DIY project. All you will need is empty (never used!) quart and/or gallon sized paint cans (available @ The Home Depot and Lowe’s), double sized toilet paper, rubbing alcohol (the 70% bottles you’ll find at WalMart), and a can lid lifter to attach to the side of the can. You will find this heater/stove also presented with Cooking Options. WATCH VIDEO
Kerosene Heater – typically, kerosene heaters need to be vented, but they do an excellent job heating small areas, like a bedroom.
Propane Heater – You may be asking if you can use your Coleman camping stove to heat your cold rooms. A query directed to Coleman asking if their camping stoves can be used indoors for cooking (specifically) yielded the emphatic response of “NO!” because of dangerous, even fatal, fumes. In the absence of electricity, we cannot even rely on the exhaust fan over the kitchen stove. The same applies to using camping stoves as indoor heaters.
Soda Can Solar Heat – When I first saw this video, my immediate response was, “Genius!” Not only is it a super source of heat, the DIY part is so much easier than others which may appear similar, and the cost is extremely low. A unit can even be positioned in any south-facing window to take advantage of available sunshine. The presenter had success capturing sunlight filtering thru trees. Click here for a video on how to make one. WATCH VIDEO