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Old December 22nd, 2020, 02:15 PM #1
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best way to heat a home when power goes out?

I always wanted a wood stove in my home for this purpose, but that's not going to be an option for now.

Sure we could be talking about the end of the world, but let's say a snow storm knocks out power for several days. What are good an easy ways to keep the home warm enough?

Sure I could just get in my arctic sleeping bag to prevent death, but that won't keep the pipes from freezing.
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Generator of some kind , i would say propane tanks or natural gas .
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Kerosene heaters are inexpensive and can crank out plenty of heat.
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If there is no wood burning fireplace in the house and no natural/propane gas, your only option would be a generator with enough amperage to run a fridge and couple space heaters.
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During 1999 ice storm we lost power for three days.
We heated with a wood stove and ran the whole house on a generator.
Life was still pleasant.
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Kerosene heaters are inexpensive , and can crank out plenty of heat .

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Our 20Kw natural gas Generac serves us very well
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I would be wary of kerosene heaters inside your living space. Noxious gasses will do you in instead of the cold!
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One of the two furnaces in our house burns propane but the fan inside it obviously needs electric, so it is hooked up to our generator, which also provides backup power to our well pump, refrigerators, some outlets, the cooling fan on the hot water heater, et cetera, so we're good when the electric power goes out.
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If you have natural gas, a heating stove in the basement works well. Otherwise, woodburning.

In either case, make sure it's a direct vent (b-vent) model. These take combustion air from the outside instead of inside the house. You don't want to be sucking heated inside air for combustion.
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