Sacred Order - Shelter Part 2

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    Sacred Order - Shelter Part 2

    The current weather event on the east coast presents an opportunity to discuss a couple of additional shelters that are not normally reveling in this area.

    Snow Trench
    The snow trench is a shelter that can be put together in about 1 - 2 hours. Dig a trench body width wide and a couple of feet longer than your body. Place all the excavated snow on the upwind side of the trench. Dig to the ground. Use limbs or a tarp to cover the top. Add some snow to the edges to hold the tarp in place. Line the interior with whatever is available. Climb in and seal the top except for the corner. Leave about 4 to 6 inches for ventilation.

    The snow trench protects from the wind and will usually keep the interior at or near freezing.


    Sheltering At Home
    Many folks in the south are literally trapped in their homes by the snow. Worse, they have lost power and have no backup heat source. There is a solution.

    Move the dining table to an interior room if possible. Place sheets across the table so that all sides are covered to the floor. Place the sofa and whatever upholstered chairs that are available along the sides of the table. Use the children's mattress on the sides if necessary. Place the sofa and chair cushions on the floor under the table. Stuff the cracks between the furniture and the table with towels, newspapers or whatever you have.

    Climb inside and pull the cover shut. You will be warm enough. Add sleeping bags, extra blankets, whatever is available. If the situation is dire enough rip up the carpet and use that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctr View Post
    Sheltering At Home

    Move the dining table to an interior room if possible. Place sheets across the table so that all sides are covered to the floor. Place the sofa and whatever upholstered chairs that are available along the sides of the table. Use the children's mattress on the sides if necessary. Place the sofa and chair cushions on the floor under the table. Stuff the cracks between the furniture and the table with towels, newspapers or whatever you have.

    Climb inside and pull the cover shut. You will be warm enough. Add sleeping bags, extra blankets, whatever is available. If the situation is dire enough rip up the carpet and use that.
    Years ago, I occasionally made a "fort" at home with large wardrobe boxes (of the sort used when moving the house contents to a new home). Open the ends of the box, climb in along with a blanket. The thick cardboard sides insulate reasonably well, and a blanket or couple of sheets can be draped over the outside and ends to really raise the temps. Not the best air to breath, after awhile, but can be far warmer than simply bundling up in a room. A poor man's sleeping bag, more or less. But I've found the added insulation of the cardboard to be a big plus over the "draped table" approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Years ago, I occasionally made a "fort" at home with large wardrobe boxes (of the sort used when moving the house contents to a new home). Open the ends of the box, climb in along with a blanket. The thick cardboard sides insulate reasonably well, and a blanket or couple of sheets can be draped over the outside and ends to really raise the temps. Not the best air to breath, after awhile, but can be far warmer than simply bundling up in a room. A poor man's sleeping bag, more or less. But I've found the added insulation of the cardboard to be a big plus over the "draped table" approach.
    I've heard many homeless folks use this type of setup with plastic sheeting.

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    Great tips. Also, lets not forget the obvious; SET UP A TENT INSIDE THE HOUSE. Cover it in blankets, or a tarp, if need be.

    If you have a mountain, or cold weather tent, make sure to use it, not a warm weather tent. Makes a big difference in keeping warm.


    QUESTION: I have some heavy duty plastic tarps. Brown on one side, silver on the other. Im assuming that for warmth, youd want the brown side exposed to the sun?

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    Search YouTube for CLAY POT HEATER - or FLOWER POT HEATER

    You can really heat up a small space and get it nice and warm with a candle.

    Make a safe one and it will be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Search YouTube for CLAY POT HEATER - or FLOWER POT HEATER

    You can really heat up a small space and get it nice and warm with a candle.

    Make a safe one and it will be fine.
    This is a really useful post for me. I'm going to turn off the heat and try this out!

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    Just don't use the little "tea" candles. Buy some larger candles in glass jars. They are still pretty cheap.

    Or you could even make an alcohol or liquid paraffin burner to put under the pots. Cheap fuel and you could really heat up a small room.

    Just be safe. Set it up on anything that won't burn. Even a cookie sheet and just be sure that whatever you creatively come up with...that nothing can tip over.
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