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Dr. Acula and Friends: Emergency Winter Prep Tips!!! (411)

 
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Hmm. Nice advice but the kerosene heater part is completly wrong, you need to burn the wick every couple of weeks or so to keep it fuel efficient. That means letting it burn until the fuel is completely gone and after it goes out re light it a few times.
Here is a great link to everything you need to know about kero

[link to www.milesstair.com]
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No it isnt wrong... says so on my heater... do not let it burn empty... it will burn up the wick... no fuel means a dry wick... that means the wick will burn up and be destroyed

You a wick maker?
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I hate product placements but this is a good deal! I have one and its well made and awesome!

Its a hand crank/solar emergency radio with a flash light, and of course a radio... The radio works awesome! I live way out and this thing picks up better than an my car! And its pretty damn sturdy feeling!

It also charges USB devices... such as cell phones and mp3 players... THAT is the only reason I posting about it!

Its 14 bucks on sale... not too bad... but as always look around... before you buy!

I dont like the fact that it doesnt have the NOAA weather radio band on it!
But for the price... the light, the radio and the charging ability this is awesome


Ha! Got one for Christmas that has all seven NOAA weather stations!!
Also got a water purification system and portable solar panel!

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Jealous!!!!!! lol

Thats awesome!

and Solar panels are truly the gift that keeps on giving! lol

hf
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This year we obtained a number of battery operated motion sensor lights so we don't have to look for a light switch in the dark and use electricity. They're in the pantry, on the stairway, in the kitchen - anywhere that needs light where it's dark - even the hallway and bathroom. As they are on the floor just walking near them sets them on. It works great.

Motion sensor motion sensor combined with a light sensor allows light to turn on only when it is dark and only when motion is detected - auto-on up to 15 feet; auto-off after 30 seconds of no motion detected

Super-bright LED bulbs last up to 50,000 hours; stays off during daylight hours; Simple to install--no hardwiring; requires 4 AA batteries (not included)

Wireless Motion Sensor Light - 10 Super-Bright LED
[link to www.amazon.com]

Mr. Beams MB532 Battery Operated Indoor/Outdoor Motion-Sensing LED Step Light, White,, 2-Pack
[link to www.amazon.com]

Personal favorite
Mr. Beams MB723 Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight, 3-Pack
[link to www.amazon.com]
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"Also dont let it run out of Kerosene... that will burn up the wick and destroy it"

You need to "dry burn" kerosene heater wicks to keep them burning at peak efficiency, they can last many years...

Dry burning means... let them run out of kerosene.

Not only that, but lower the wick for a while to soak up any last remaining kero in the tank and relighting the wick till it burns completely dry.

Anyone who uses one of those types of heaters NEEDS to know that. Proper care makes a cleaner burn, which is safer to be indoors with.
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Hmm. Nice advice but the kerosene heater part is completly wrong, you need to burn the wick every couple of weeks or so to keep it fuel efficient. That means letting it burn until the fuel is completely gone and after it goes out re light it a few times.
Here is a great link to everything you need to know about kero

[link to www.milesstair.com]
 Quoting: . 21704402


No it isnt wrong... says so on my heater... do not let it burn empty... it will burn up the wick... no fuel means a dry wick... that means the wick will burn up and be destroyed

You a wick maker?
 Quoting: Dr. Acula
easy dude, if yours says not to burn the wick then maybe they came up with a new type but 99% of kerosene heaters on the market need to have the wick burnt every couple of weeks. This is and has been the case for many years. Also no I am not a wick maker but the link I left you is to a wick maker.
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an orange oil lamp?


[link to www.youtube.com]

And an oil lamp out of a beer can.

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Awesome thread!

bump
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Ha! Got one for Christmas that has all seven NOAA weather stations!!

Well you had a good Christmas...
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This year we obtained a number of battery operated motion sensor lights so we don't have to look for a light switch in the dark and use electricity. They're in the pantry, on the stairway, in the kitchen - anywhere that needs light where it's dark - even the hallway and bathroom. As they are on the floor just walking near them sets them on. It works great.

Motion sensor motion sensor combined with a light sensor allows light to turn on only when it is dark and only when motion is detected - auto-on up to 15 feet; auto-off after 30 seconds of no motion detected

Super-bright LED bulbs last up to 50,000 hours; stays off during daylight hours; Simple to install--no hardwiring; requires 4 AA batteries (not included)

Wireless Motion Sensor Light - 10 Super-Bright LED
[link to www.amazon.com]

Mr. Beams MB532 Battery Operated Indoor/Outdoor Motion-Sensing LED Step Light, White,, 2-Pack
[link to www.amazon.com]

Personal favorite
Mr. Beams MB723 Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight, 3-Pack
[link to www.amazon.com]
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rockon

those are pretty cool!
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Hmm. Nice advice but the kerosene heater part is completly wrong, you need to burn the wick every couple of weeks or so to keep it fuel efficient. That means letting it burn until the fuel is completely gone and after it goes out re light it a few times.
Here is a great link to everything you need to know about kero

[link to www.milesstair.com]
 Quoting: . 21704402


No it isnt wrong... says so on my heater... do not let it burn empty... it will burn up the wick... no fuel means a dry wick... that means the wick will burn up and be destroyed

You a wick maker?
 Quoting: Dr. Acula
easy dude, if yours says not to burn the wick then maybe they came up with a new type but 99% of kerosene heaters on the market need to have the wick burnt every couple of weeks. This is and has been the case for many years. Also no I am not a wick maker but the link I left you is to a wick maker.
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just going by what i know dude

everyone that i seen becomes destroyed if u dry burn them...

I burnt 2 up in my younger days... lol

but thanks for posting that link :)

i dont know it all

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Awesome thread!

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[link to mapawatt.com]
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Those are both great systems!
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Being Australian, I hate winter... ANything below 10 degrees c leaves me really uncomfortable.

Good luck with this potential doomy winter~
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I hate winter too!

Its -4c (24f) here in Kentucky at 8:48pm and its mostly clear skies... it will more than likely get to -6 (21f) here before dawn

Its been 4 years since it got below 0 fahrenheit or -17.7c

It was -20c (-5F) on Jan 15h 2008 my Bday coldest day here that year. Year before that it got down to -23c or -10f

miserable lol
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Oh man, just reading those temps gives me the chills :p

My bday is the 13th of January, woo!!
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Being Australian, I hate winter... ANything below 10 degrees c leaves me really uncomfortable.

Good luck with this potential doomy winter~
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I hate winter too!

Its -4c (24f) here in Kentucky at 8:48pm and its mostly clear skies... it will more than likely get to -6 (21f) here before dawn

Its been 4 years since it got below 0 fahrenheit or -17.7c

It was -20c (-5F) on Jan 15h 2008 my Bday coldest day here that year. Year before that it got down to -23c or -10f

miserable lol
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Oh man, just reading those temps gives me the chills :p

My bday is the 13th of January, woo!!
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Oops, forgot to log~
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Being Australian, I hate winter... ANything below 10 degrees c leaves me really uncomfortable.

Good luck with this potential doomy winter~
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I hate winter too!

Its -4c (24f) here in Kentucky at 8:48pm and its mostly clear skies... it will more than likely get to -6 (21f) here before dawn

Its been 4 years since it got below 0 fahrenheit or -17.7c

It was -20c (-5F) on Jan 15h 2008 my Bday coldest day here that year. Year before that it got down to -23c or -10f

miserable lol
 Quoting: Dr. Acula


Oh man, just reading those temps gives me the chills :p

My bday is the 13th of January, woo!!
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Oops, forgot to log~
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i was just outside for a smoke and damn it makes my bones hurt! lol

greeting fellow capricorn!

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warmer than it is here.
hell I dunno. emergency winter? I have camping crap, all the gas bottles, water purification system. outdoor barbecue grill to cook on if no power. I have two generators anyway and keep extra fuel. A snowplow on the tractor. Two four wheel drives.
we keep food stock for about a month and a minimum of a few gallons of bottle water on hand. We have four space heaters, wood stove, and oil heat as well..
we lose power every winter. sometimes for over a week. I think we just became used to it.
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warmer than it is here.
hell I dunno. emergency winter? I have camping crap, all the gas bottles, water purification system. outdoor barbecue grill to cook on if no power. I have two generators anyway and keep extra fuel. A snowplow on the tractor. Two four wheel drives.
we keep food stock for about a month and a minimum of a few gallons of bottle water on hand. We have four space heaters, wood stove, and oil heat as well..
we lose power every winter. sometimes for over a week. I think we just became used to it.
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rockon

glad ur prepared!
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About the kerosene heater wicks--there are different types, at least there are at Home Depot where I got mine. Didn't realize that when I decided to get extra wicks later in the year and had to go back home & look at model number to determine which kind I needed. A carbon monoxide detector is always a good idea. Cost is comparable to a good smoke detector.

When you have no heat, setting up a tent either a real one or one made with blankets in a room will give a bit more warmth. It's fun for the kids, too.

Water storage using all types of food-safe containers is fine short term, but if you are doing prepper type storage, fruit juices leave behind bacteria that permeates the plastic they come in and bacteria grows after a while. Milk containers split and leak after a few months--mine started leaking at around the 6 month mark. 2 litre soda pop bottles are good as well as household bleach bottles.

I keep many bleach bottles filled with water in the bathroom cabinets for flushing toilets if those pipes start to freeze. Also, sometimes hurricanes & blizzards knock out the water processing plants power or your own well pump.

Pipes freeze first at the elbows so if you don't have a lot of insulation you should concentrate at those areas. If you don't know whether or not your roof might cave in from accumulated snow, start asking around to see if you'll need to preposition a ladder and have a long handled push broom on hand. This NOT anything you want to learn the hard way.

Plan ahead for your dogs' toilet needs. If they aren't paper trained and are accustomed to going outside they might refuse to go in a raging blizzard or hurricane so have a big stack of newspapers handy to put down on plastic in a corner. Tape plastic on the wall, too. While they can still go outside, catch some urine on a few pieces of newspaper and put the papers in a garbage bag for use later in coaching them to use the newspaper lined area. Or you can buy stuff at the pet store to spray on the papers or just get pre-scented pads at the pet store.

Take frequent breaks when shoveling snow; you could strain your back without realizing it until later. Heart attacks have occurred when shoveling snow, sometimes to those who had no previous cardiac issues especially if they were not accustomed to strenuous exercise.

The Mormon prep guide covers just about every contingency in greater than expected depth--that's their thing and they are good at it. Said to be the most comprehensive prepping guide on the market, you can download it free at:

[link to www.ldsavow.com]

Scroll thru table of contents and find out what you need to know. Paper copies are available for sale online.

Last Edited by Ralph--a house dog on 12/30/2012 11:40 PM
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warmer than it is here.
hell I dunno. emergency winter? I have camping crap, all the gas bottles, water purification system. outdoor barbecue grill to cook on if no power. I have two generators anyway and keep extra fuel. A snowplow on the tractor. Two four wheel drives.
we keep food stock for about a month and a minimum of a few gallons of bottle water on hand. We have four space heaters, wood stove, and oil heat as well..
we lose power every winter. sometimes for over a week. I think we just became used to it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30903996


rockon

glad ur prepared!
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comes in steps.
your are cold, you are hungry, you have no transportation you are stuck, you have no water, you have no power.
overtime you start to learn your lessons the hard way...
it is sixteen degrees here right now and dropping. I just went out and looked at the stars with a telescope.
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warmer than it is here.
hell I dunno. emergency winter? I have camping crap, all the gas bottles, water purification system. outdoor barbecue grill to cook on if no power. I have two generators anyway and keep extra fuel. A snowplow on the tractor. Two four wheel drives.
we keep food stock for about a month and a minimum of a few gallons of bottle water on hand. We have four space heaters, wood stove, and oil heat as well..
we lose power every winter. sometimes for over a week. I think we just became used to it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30903996


rockon

glad ur prepared!
 Quoting: Dr. Acula


comes in steps.
your are cold, you are hungry, you have no transportation you are stuck, you have no water, you have no power.
overtime you start to learn your lessons the hard way...
it is sixteen degrees here right now and dropping. I just went out and looked at the stars with a telescope.
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its 20 here... so it aint too far behind lol i just smoked :)

Kentucky is my lo-cal
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About the kerosene heater wicks--there are different types, at least there are at Home Depot where I got mine. Didn't realize that when I decided to get extra wicks later in the year and had to go back home & look at model number to determine which kind I needed. A carbon monoxide detector is always a good idea. Cost is comparable to a good smoke detector.

When you have no heat, setting up a tent either a real one or one made with blankets in a room will give a bit more warmth. It's fun for the kids, too.

Water storage using all types of food-safe containers is fine short term, but if you are doing prepper type storage, fruit juices leave behind bacteria that permeates the plastic they come in and bacteria grows after a while. Milk containers split and leak after a few months--mine started leaking at around the 6 month mark. 2 litre soda pop bottles are good as well as household bleach bottles.

I keep many bleach bottles filled with water in the bathroom cabinets for flushing toilets if those pipes start to freeze. Also, sometimes hurricanes & blizzards knock out the water processing plants power or your own well pump.

Pipes freeze first at the elbows so if you don't have a lot of insulation you should concentrate at those areas. If you don't know whether or not your roof might cave in from accumulated snow, start asking around to see if you'll need to preposition a ladder and have a long handled push broom on hand. This NOT anything you want to learn the hard way.

Plan ahead for your dogs' toilet needs. If they aren't paper trained and are accustomed to going outside they might refuse to go in a raging blizzard or hurricane so have a big stack of newspapers handy to put down on plastic in a corner. Tape plastic on the wall, too. While they can still go outside, catch some urine on a few pieces of newspaper and put the papers in a garbage bag for use later in coaching them to use the newspaper lined area. Or you can buy stuff at the pet store to spray on the papers or just get pre-scented pads at the pet store.

Take frequent breaks when shoveling snow; you could strain your back without realizing it until later. Heart attacks have occurred when shoveling snow, sometimes to those who had no previous cardiac issues especially if they were not accustomed to strenuous exercise.

The Mormon prep guide covers just about every contingency in greater than expected depth--that's their thing and they are good at it. Said to be the most comprehensive prepping guide on the market, you can download it free at:

[link to www.ldsavow.com]

Scroll thru table of contents and find out what you need to know. Paper copies are available for sale online.
 Quoting: Ralph--a house dog


awesome! adding some of this to the OP!

thanks!
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Greatly appreciated tips OP.. Just wondering was your name inspired by Mitch Hedberg?
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bump for later....too freakin tired to read right now...all the owrds are running together.

Goodnight Doc!
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Greatly appreciated tips OP.. Just wondering was your name inspired by Mitch Hedberg?
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your welcome! :)


Naw i actually hadn't heard of him until about a week ago...

But I gotta give credit to the TV show Scrubs... and a random event being the deciding factor to use it lol
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bump for later....too freakin tired to read right now...all the owrds are running together.

Goodnight Doc!
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Good Night Nika! :)

I'm not far from dream land myself lol
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Everyone should be prepared. Like in the olden days. Those where the times when their was no government to come and save you. You where on your own :)
People have become to complacent. Nobody wants to see another Katrina happen, or Sandy. Just takes a little thought and preparation. If you can't get everything, I'm sure one of your neighbors can help. Just like you could help them with certain things. This is just like they did years ago, before all the amenities. Everyone banded together to help each other.
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And an oil lamp out of a beer can.

[link to www.youtube.com]
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How did he do that without ripping his hands to shreds?

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Just recalled something one of my neighbors did when I lived 'up north' during a blizzard. To keep snow from piling up outside your door, a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood or a picnic table turned on end can be braced perpendicular or parallel (a few feet out) from your door, oriented in the most effective way to create a windblock.

The windblocking material can be braced with concrete blocks or whatever really heavy waterproof items you can find.

Makes it much easier to step outside to start shoveling. This also makes a spot your dog might be willing to go outside to so that you don't have to mess with as many newspapers.
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