Survival Basics – Emergency Heat

Survival Basics – Emergency Heat

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How do you heat your house in an emergency? If you live in a house with a fireplace or wood stove, then your set. On the other hand if your like us and live in a rented townhouse which doesn’t have a fireplace or even a gas stove, your choices are limited on how to provide emergency heat in a power outage.

We use a portable propane heater as our solution. The heater is a Big Buddy made by Mr. Heater and is capable of putting out 18,000BTU. It easily heats up a master bedroom in 20 minutes and then have to shut it off. It’s much more safe then using kerosene which can spill and burns much dirtier then propane. Propane also stores indefinately unlike gasonline, diesel and kerosene which breaks down over time.

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14 Comments

  1. I have been lead to believe kerosene heaters have never caused a death or fire, anyone else?

  2. Obama Lama Ding Dong

    I purchased the smaller version on sale for $65, … have used it 2 years now, using the 16.4 oz canisters, … works GREAT!

  3. How much heat would you get if it was about ten degrees out? I live in the north east and fuel is expensive. 

  4. Propane and kerosene in well ventilated areas only, do your research you can be suffocated or wind up with brain damage…
    Example: The natural gas from a stove top after it is burnt stays in the air at about head level and when you breath in the odorless left over vapor it attaches itself to your blood hemoglobin that is reasonable for carrying oxygen throughout your body,
     so depending how much of this burnt gas you breath in will be the deciding factor how much oxygen your body does not get…

    My rental place has a Gas stove top but I use a cheap electric stove top do to the above info… Just be sure you turn the gas valve off behind the oven before you ever do this so you don`t blow yourself up.

    Would be great to see a DC heater, maybe with super capacitors running off a 12V deep cycle battery ? I`m very green in this area…

  5. I really hope nobody takes this serious. You mentioned that kerosene heaters have "a bad track record"…really? Find me one home fire that was caused by anything but Improper usage of the heater. Your solution is to bring an explosive gas into the house. Brilliant! And as far as the smell it only occurs during startup and shutdown for a short period. I'm not a kerosene salesman or anything. I just don't think you've thought this through. Kerosene stays stable unlike gas and some other fuels so it can be stored for long periods. If you don't have a fireplace and loose power kerosene is an excellent choice…far far and away better than propane…AND FAR SAFER! Do your homework

  6. Yep this is great! I have done this before it saved us from freezing one year. Great video!!

  7. i am enjoying the videos but can you turn up the volume on your mic?
    i am straining to hear you.
    thanks

  8. There's always a chance of a pressure regulator failing catastrophically, however you usually have a better chance of being struck by lightning. This is one of the reasons why you get a 12 foot hose extension so the bottle isn't near the unit. If this ever happened you simply shut off the bottle and it'll burn itself out of remaining fuel in seconds. Thanks for bringing up another important safety factor to keep an eye on. And NEVER operate these heaters if your not around.

  9. I just saw a video of a friend of mine that had the heater itself catch fire. I also have one of these, I just suggest that have a fire alarm next to the my buddy, and don't walk away from these. The model that had the problem was different than yours, but perhaps a smoke alarm right next to the unit would be a good idea.

  10. I agree, it just happened to be where it was set up at the time, I should have moved it just for making the video.

  11. I didn't think about the window cleaner possibly being flammable. Even though when we're checking for leaks there isn't any open flames at that point, this is a valid concern. Thanks for letting me know.

  12. Well done, but next time please use more light or don't stand in front of a bright window, makes the video too dark. Thanks

  13. fantastic info, thank you :))

  14. very good vid'' i need to look into this big buddy….I noticed you were using blue glass cleaner to check for leaks…just a warning, some glass cleaner is flammable, like the kind you use in your auto windshield washer bottle,that doesn't freeze easy , we had a hell of a fire with one back in a shop where i was a mechanic.. i suggest using dish soap instead..cool…

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