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  1. Emergency Heating Alternatives

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    My current house does not have any alternative heating options. It's all electric baseboard which for the size isn't too painful in the winters. But when the power goes out so does the heat. I have a small generator that will keep my appliances going but I need something for heating. I was...
  2. Testing my preps, Kerosene heater.

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    My back up plan for heat was to use a vent less propane heater from my ice shack in my home. Since so many people here recommend kerosene heaters I decided to give one a try. I bought a used one from a friend (Aladdin temp-rite 15) When I tried to light it produced tons of smoke and would go...
  3. Using Diesel in Kerosene Heaters

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have used kerosene heaters for about 5 years. They have actually been the primary daytime winter heat source for the last 2 years or so. Never heard of using diesel but just came across it and plan to try it. It is about half the price of kerosene ($2.35 vs $4.98 in my area). From what I have...
  4. Kerosene heaters safe to use inside home?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    My dad gave me a kerosene heater thats about the size of a 13 gallon trash can, it runs off kerosene. If i light it outside and let the initial smell of lighting it go away, is it safe to bring inside the house. I could probably cook off it cause its got wire all the way around it. could at...
  5. home heating oil ?

    General Discussion
    Any of you cats know if home heating oil is now ultra low sulfur?
  6. Kerosene storage

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hey guys! The next addition to my preps will be a new kerosene heater aaand Dietz lamps. I plan on ordering the lamps early next week and going to the local hardware store for the heater. My question is just how long will kerosene last if stored in a basement in the dark? I feel very safe...
  7. changes to shtf supplies with moving and winter

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So I moved to north eastern pa. The snow here is ridiculous and it's really freaking cold. So I added a few supplies and found the brighter side. I added a set of alpine cross country downhill ski's from Coleman military surplus. The are pretty good had to get used to the cable binding but I...
  8. my new bug in location

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So I moved from key to ne pa. I am 40 min east of Scranton in a gated community in the Poconos. I was concerned only being two hours from nyc... but my hopes are the impassible roads on winter will deter a large amount of evacuees. Plus how hard it is to find my house in the summer. The people...
  9. Diesel or kerosene for burning a tree stump

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We had some timber cleared at the homestead by a logging company, now the tree stumps have to be dealt with. The largest stump is maybe 30 inches across, while most of them are around 12 inches across. A buddy of mine suggested I use a chainsaw to cut groves into the tree stump, which I will...
  10. best oil for oil lamp

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hi, I have a couple of lamps and I find they smoke and get black, is there a better product to put in them to keep the glass clear and cleaner?
  11. Kerosene Heaters

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I use fuel oil and electric heaters. I keep the thermostat set at a low temperature, and then I use electric heaters around the house as needed, so that I'm not heating the whole house up. The furnace requires a fan to blow the heat. I'm looking to add some options for heating, in case the...
  12. BTU's: white gas v. propane....

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    A 20 pound propane refill is 17 bucks which contains around 4.2 gallons. A gallon of white gas cost 11 bucks at walmart. I am comparing BTU values per gallon. My point. I have a coleman cook stove where I got a 20 dollar attachment to hook up propane. I can find the number of BTU's per gallon...
  13. Buying bulk lamp oil?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Does anybody know of a way to buy lamp oil in bulk? I would like to fill a 55 gallon drum with lamp oil, and don't want to pay 13 per gallon by buying quarts at wal mart. Has anybody tried to contact the manufacturer and order wholesale, or does hazmat shipping kill the deal. I have a few...
  14. how to turn vegetable oil into kerosene

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have several dozen kerosene lamps and I would like to find a way to run them on vegetable oil. I know I need to thin the oil to make it more like kerosene or lamp oil but do not know what to use. I do not want a toxic odor either or something that will explode. thanks mooky
  15. Filling kerosene lamps

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have a couple of kerosene lamps and have started storing kerosene, but am finding it a messy process filling the lamps. I am using a funnel to pour from the bottle, but I am still finding a lot gets spilled, and it is too messy to fill the lamps in place, so I have to carry the full lamp...
  16. Indoor Propane Heater Questions

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So I posted a request for information and suggestions on kerosene heaters over here but a few people thought I would be better off with a propane heater instead. So what are your thoughts on a good indoor propane heater? Something that can use a standard tank [from what I've read so far they...
  17. kerosene stove? Supplemental heat?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm thinking of picking up a kerosene heater for the winter just to have around in case the electric goes out. I'm looking at one like this: Found here. Nothing too fancy. Battery ignition, fan, external fuel tank. I would only use it during the day when the family is awake and never when...
  18. This hard to get now.. imagine WTSHTF

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Just spent the last two days trying to stock up on Lamp oil and Kerosene, here's what I found. I live in a Tennessee County of about 50,000 people one major town and 4 smaller towns. My food and water preps have been moving right along so I started thinking about buying lamp oil for my 5 lamps...
  19. Freezing lamp oil?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    No, not for freshness... Ive been stocking up on lamp oil, wicks and lanterns. Since I have gallons of the stuff in my closet - I am thinking of moving it into the barn (saftey first). The barn is not insulated. Winters here are brutal and negitive temps are common. My question is, if the...
  20. Food Grade containers from a different angle...for kerosene

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So I work in a food factory. I get all the food grade containers I want for nothing. Some just ain't much good for storing food though. I'm wondering some things. Can I store Kerosene in a food grade HDPE plastic jug? I get these nice, stout, blue, 5 gallon jugs, just like a kerosene jug...