Emergency Heat Sources (no electricity required)

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Emergency Heat Sources
Prepare with emergency heat for a power outage

When the power goes out be ready with emergency heat.
Power outages happen. When the power goes out will you be
ready to keep your family warm? Not everyone has a wood stove
to fire up or a fireplace when the winter chill sets in, but
everyone can prepare for a frosty night.

When the power goes out, be ready with emergency heat. You
can prepare ahead with emergency heat sources! Below are the
best emergency heat sources (no electricity required)...

Emergency Heat Sources
You can stay warm without electricity, even if you don't have a
wood stove or a fireplace! Here are some emergency heat sources
that don't require electricity, so you can weather the storm and
stay warm anywhere...

#1: Handwarmers and toe warmers.
Don't overlook a camping and sporting favorite for staying warm
in cold weather. Use handwarmers and toe warmers in an
emergency even if it's inside your own home.

  • Heat Factory Emergency Warmer Pack. The Heat Factory
    Emergency Warmer kit, pictured top right includes a pack of
    12 pairs of hand warmers, 6 large body warmers, 6 pairs of
    toe warmers, 1 Mylar blanket and 2 glow Sticks.

  • Zippo hand warmer. Take a little help for surviving a cold
    winter's hunt by using the zippo six-hour hand warmer
    pictured at the top of the page. This pocket-sized hand
    warmer is made with rugged and durable metal to handle the
    rigors of your trek. It provides flameless, odorless warmth so
    it won't give your positioning away. Once you're done, refill
    it using easy fill technology so you don't waste lighter fluid.
    Warmth and convenience are easy to come by with the Zippo
    12 hour hand warmer. Read more about Zippo lighters.

#2: Heat Pal.
Another heat source is the Heat Pal ~ a non-pressurized alcohol
stove and heater. Heat Pal uses denatured alcohol, which is a bit
more expensive than propane, but it will burn well no matter the
weather. (Propane cylinders tend to freeze.)

Heat Pal is a multi-use survival item! Not only will it help you
warm food, but it provides added comfort to double as a heater.
Efficiently fueled by denatured alcohol, it's very safe even as a
boat or RV heater! In heater mode, it gives you ample heating
power for a cozy get-together outside and you can use the stove
for cooking or for keeping your food warm.

#3: Clay pot heater.
Another way to stay warm without electricity is to make your own
clay pot heater. This is a popular prepping idea and you'll find
many instructions on the Internet and it involves a terra cotta pot
and tea lights. Clay pot heaters really work! But they are not for
everyday use as they do pose a serious risk of fire if the candles
are too close together.

Here's a video to help you build one:
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Above, you can see how easy it is to make a clay pot heater.

You will need:
  • 8-inch pot
  • 6 inch pot
  • 4-1/4 inch clay pot
  • saucer plate
  • washers and bolts, including six-inch carrot bolt and washer.
  • tea light candles

#4: HERC oven.
In a sense a HERC oven can provide you with warmth in the same
way a clay pot heater ~ only it's more sophisticated and works
better. HERC stands for Home Emergency Radiant Cooking.
Pictured below, with a HERC oven you harness the thermal energy
from tea light candles and store it in quarry stones to cook.

It means you can cook anything, anytime, anywhere, regardless
of the situation. Bake, cook and dehydrate without the use of
electricity or gas, indoors or out. This amazing oven uses not one
but two methods of thermal energy transfer. Like your
conventional oven HERC XXL uses convection and electromagnetic
radiation (radiant) like the sun heats you when you step outside.

Fueled by tea light candles makes baking and cooking without the
use of electricity or gas easy, economical and even fun! The HERC
Oven provides an alternative cooking method for your family in
the events of limited resources or emergency situations.
Above is the HERC oven. It's fueled by 10 tea lights (Yes the same little
candles you get everywhere).

#5: Canned heat.
Canned heat is condensed alcohol gel stored into a steel can. Non-
toxic for indoor: The most common way to use canned heat is for
heating party food. However, it's also useful to boil water and cook
food for emergency such as power outage in a winter storm. Canned
heat is something that just takes the strike of a match or a lighter
to activate.

  • Magic Heat Kit. The Magic Heat Kit, pictured immediate right,
    is diethylene gycol fuel that's for use with camp stoves and
    chafing dishes. It's just as practical for fondue as it is for
    emergencies. Magic Heat is an incredibly simple source of
    heat. Unscrew the cap, light the wick, and you're ready to go!
    Ideal for emergency preparedness, camping, cooking ~ you
    name it. Each can provides 2 to 3 hours of heat. Enough heat
    to cook a meal, heats water, or just keep your hands warm.

  • Camp Heat. Pictured below right, Coghlans Camp Heat is for
    cooking or heating at camp; home or in emergencies. Each can
    burns for about 4 hours and the fumes are non-toxic and

#6: Body heat.
You already come equipped with the best emergency heat source:
your own body. When the winter storm hits, don't overlook the
obvious when it comes to emergency heat: your own body heat!

Body heat can be a comfort and a lifesaver ~ so go ahead and
snuggle up with your partner. Get cozy with the kids under the
covers. When you huddle and cuddle together you maximize your
resources, but in a survival situation remember this: some
materials will work better than others. For example, avoid cotton!

Why should you avoid cotton?  Materials keep you warm by trapping
warm air near your skin, but cotton traps the moisture near your
skin when you sweat. When it's saturated with perspiration it's no
longer providing the insulation you need. Instead choose fleece or
wool, which do a better job of wicking away moisture. Mylar also
retains body heat nicely.

There are a few kinds blankets to own to help you retain body heat:

  • Bivvy bag. The emergency thermal bivvy bag, right, is a  
    heavy-duty  tear-resistant, reusable, bag. It's made of a heavy-
    duty aluminized PE interior material, and comes with
    drawstring carrying bag for convenience—a great addition to
    your gear for hiking, camping, hunting, boating, fishing,
    survival and emergency kits.

  • Down sleeping bag. As a result of duck down insulation
    capabilities, a down sleeping bag, such as the one right made
    of waterproof fabric will retain body heat nicely. The
    microscopic air clusters found in down feathers creates "loft"
    that traps heat and keeps you warm.

  • Fleece blankets. Fleece retains heat beautifully! Keep your
    own body heat with fleece blankets as a layer under your
    bedding in winter or to take with you camping. Alternatively,
    ou can add a fleece liner to your sleeping bag for winter with
    the convenient liner, right, (or use it as a summer camping
    sleeping bag). Have you picked your prepper sleeping bags?

  • Mylar blankets. You can retain 90-95% of body heat with a
    Mylar blanket. Mylar reflects heat back to you.

  • Wool blankets. Wool is an especially important blanket to
    have in the outdoors, but it's itchy. Wool has an excellent
    warmth to weight ratio, is one of the best natural insulators,
    effectively regulates body temperature and even continues to
    provide thermal warmth when wet. The grey wool blanket,
    right, is designed to be as soft, non-scratchy and odor free as
    possible. It's an ideal blanket for your car for emergencies, for
    tailgating and for camping.

#7: Hot Stones and hot water bottles.
Many preppers haven't fully considered how hot stones can keep
you warm. Before we get into the details of how to use hot stones
as a source of emergency heat, know that some stones are
explosive in nature. You'll need to get the right kind of stones (that
won't explode). Look "high and dry"

Wondering how to do this? Outdoor Life shares the best practices
how to boil water with rocks:
Hot water bottle
Want something a little safer than hot stone? Then use a hot water bottle.

Hot water bottles can cause burns and you must avoid
prolonged direct contact to skin. What's more , bottles should
be replaced after two years of use, and you should check
stopper for wear and tear damage at regular intervals.

#8: Kerosene Space Heaters
One option for an emergency heat source is to use a kerosene
heater. Kerosene heaters that are portable or permanently
installed and can certainly take the chill out of the air, but the
pose risk of fire, burns and asphyxiation.

  • Have a kerosene heater? Get a CO Detector. If you have
    a kerosene heater, be sure to get a CO detector, pictured
    right. Kerosene heaters consume oxygen as they burn and
    can be extremely dangers if they're in a small room that's
    unventilated. Asphyxiation is the greatest risk next to fire

#9: Butane space heaters.
The Tooluxe Double Coherent Source Butane heater, right, uses
standard butane gas cartridge for portability. It has a ceramic
burner, swivel body, and a pressure sensing safety shut off

It pays to be prepped and ready for a blizzard or extreme cold
weather with emergency heat sources.

#10: Propane Space heaters.
Another option is a propane space heater. Ordinarily propane is
not good for inside use, but Mr. Heater is the exception.

  • Mr. Heater. Mr. Heater is a prepper favorite. This indoor-
    safe portable and reliant radiant heater has been approved
    for indoor/outdoor use for spaces up to 225 square feet.
    It's clean-burning, nearly 100% efficient. It connects to a
    propane tank (event the small and convenient camping
    ones). This propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb.
    cylander and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed
    spaces like large tents up to 200 square feet.
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  • Catalytic heater. With the Camco Olympian Wave Cataytic
    heater there's' no electrial drain or battery connection, which
    makes it the ideal solution for boondocking and dry camping.
    The Camco Olympian produces enough heat to warm 230
    square feet of space as with an RV. The heater operates on
    low pressure gas and can be wall mounted or used as a
    portable unit. It is equipped with a 100% safety shut-off valve
    to prevent accidental non-ignitions fuel discharge. The built-in
    automatic Piezo electric sparker will last for 20,000 starts.
    Catalytic heating is 99.98% efficient (flame type heaters
    waste up to 45% of all heat produced), resulting in a more
    efficient and low-cost heat. Camco Olympian Wave heaters are
    designed and built to provide years of comfortable, radiant
    heat and economical LP Gas consumption for your home, RV or

About a generator....
A generator converts power into electrical power for use ~ having a
generator to power portable heaters or backup a furnace could be a

Having a generator handy is an obvious way to keep warm without
electricity, but not every climate requires a generator. The downfall
of a generator is that you will only have the means to stay warm as
long as you have the fuel, so make sure to keep that propane tank
full for the winter. They are also noisy, and they can cause death if
used improperly:

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Most preppers don't realize that
    the cause of death during an ordinary blackout is carbon
    monoxide (CO) poisoning. Generators used indoors  in partially
    enclosed spaces can kill from carbon monoxide. The Kidde CO
    Detector, right, has a carbon monoxide alarm with digital
    display to help provide your home with extensive protection
    against the dangerous threat posed by this odorless and
    colorless gas.

  • Electric shock or electrocution. You shouldn't use a generator
    in wet conditions. Also, don't plug the generator into a wall
    outlet. This dangerous practice is called "back feeding" and
    presents a huge elecrocution risk.

  • Fire. Another problem is the fire hazards. The best tip here is
    to always store fuel outside, never store fuel in the house or
    garage. This includes gasoline, propane, pr kerosene.

Be sure also to stop the drafts.

  • Close the doors. If you train everyone in the house to close
    the doors you'll keep the heat in the individual rooms.

  • Use your noodle! A simple pool noodle or even a towel can
    block the draft that comes under the door.

  • Pull down the shades. Your blinds can help provide a little bit
    of insulation from the cold.

Happy endings...
Prepare now your emergency heat for a power outage. You'll be
cozy and happy you did should the power go out. Just use your
equipment wisely and safely.

Be sure to
get a Carbon Monoxide Detector!

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