Alternative Heat for your home

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  • Wood Burning stove or fireplace

    80 55.94%
  • Gas heater or fireplace that doesn't require electricity

    39 27.27%
  • Space Heater (propane/kerosene

    31 21.68%
  • Shivering under blankets

    22 15.38%
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    Heat with a pellet stove, requires electricity but can run for 5 days also off a deep cycle marine battery. Have a small generator to power the essentials (mostly tv!). Can cook with the trusty Weber grill.

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    I have an airtight type wood stove located beside the high efficiency forced air propane furnace . I cut in a filtered 14"x20" return air register above the stove . Furnace fan set to constant running . Wood stove heats 3900 sq ft 3 story home and furnace kicks on if the stove gets low . 6k generator to run the furnace fan and freezers during frequent power outages . Living on a farm , food and cooking are never an issue .

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    A good, and different, point of view I recently heard discussed was to not heat the house, but the person. So much wasted energy heating all that space, and only a small amount actually heating the people in it. Granted, this may be of limited usefulness for those in very cold climates. But even then, the energy demand can be greatly decreased.

    One example: Electric blankets (or electrically heated mattress pads). Can be run off deep-cycle batteries with a small inverter. Or better yet, they sell electric blankets for RVs that already run off DC voltage. Thus minimizing the inefficiencies of converting from DC to AC (and often back to DC again). The electric blankets run off relatively small amounts of power and put the heat right on you instead of heating all the empty space. No, they will not keep your whole house warm and your pipes from freezing. But you can use a lot less energy for that if your body is taken care of.

    The batteries themselves can be charged from your generator as needed, but will minimize the fuel burned if you aren't trying to heat your whole house for hours.
    One example - you're already running the generator a few hours a day for your refrigerator/freezer... charge your deep-cycle(s) then too. Not with a small 1 Amp trickle charger, but a larger "smart" unit that can bulk charge at higher Amps (depending on battery capacity, of course) then reduce current acordingly. This will drastically cut down on time and fuel required.

    Many more ideas over at How to Make an Emergency Home & Mobile Battery Bank
    I have no affiliation with that site, just found it helpful.

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    Heat has never been a problem, I live in SE Florida, but the loss of air conditioning does present a slight problem during a power outage because it forces me to get off my backside and switch to generator power. Someday I'll get the automatic transfer switch.
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    If your worried about losing power, getting some deep cycle batteries and power inverters can help! I'm considering getting some 800w inverters they're only under $100 a pop.

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    How many of you thought of the type of backup gun when you read the title of this thread? Be honest. Maybe I just need help...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caertaker View Post
    How many of you thought of the type of backup gun when you read the title of this thread? Be honest. Maybe I just need help...
    Yes, I did and that is why I did not read it the day the subject hit the forum.
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    I have a generator that will run the refrigerator, lights and television
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximpactguns View Post
    If your worried about losing power, getting some deep cycle batteries and power inverters can help! I'm considering getting some 800w inverters they're only under $100 a pop.
    What do you plan to operate with 800w inverters ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckinbutch View Post
    What do you plan to operate with 800w inverters ?
    My Flux Capacitor.

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    We haven't had a problem since we moved to Florida. We have a gas grill for cooking and gas water heater. Real cold only lasts for a few hours as a rule. We had a freeze (cold as 29º) a couple of years ago.

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