Imagine this ... your electricity is out of service ... It has happened before ... Right !
How do you cook your meals, light or heat your home?
Consider alternative methods for cooking, lighting and heating.
Kerosene heater model # Heat Mate HMHR-1101 – Ace Hardware ~ $125 – 10,600 BTU’s – heats a 20 x 20 room - The Heat Mate HMHR 1101 uses unpinned wicks, so wicks can be trimmed 1/4" and readjusted higher about 3 times, so each wick should last for about 3 heating seasons. Suggestions: Heat only a portion of your home - close doors and use spring tension rods with blankets to close off specific rooms in your home that do not have doors. Buy and use a carbon monoxide detector for use with any heating appliance.
- Denatured alcohol - $15 per gallon
- Isopropyl alcohol 91% - $8 per gallon
- Certified - K-1 Clear Kerosene only – Clear like water not yellowed
- Purchase blue 5-gallon containers at Home Depot, Lowes, K Mart, Wal-Mart - $10 each – store the kerosene away from your home or garage in a separate “shed”. Blue represents Kerosene, Red Gas, Yellow Diesel.
- Also you will need funnels of various sizes, fluid pump or a Baster to transfer the kerosene
- Extra wicks
- Extra globes
- Mason jar - to check for water or containments in the kerosene – water bubbles or floating crud
- PRI-D or Sta-bil for Diesel extends the shelf life of kerosene
- Strike anywhere matches at Macey’s - $2.50 for 750 and / or lighters - 50 cents a piece
- Place the heater / stove in a drip pan and a away from flammable items
- A few drops of Potpourri Essential Oil will completely mask the kerosene aroma - $1.50 per bottle
- Tea candle lantern – Sportsman’s Warehouse or Recreational Outlet - $6 - $9
- Tea Candles at Big Lots or Wal-Mart - $5 per one hundred – a Tea candle lasts ~ 3 hours
- Burns - Kerosene, Ultra Pure liquid paraffin and Klean-Heat.
- As with any appliance that uses oxygen in the process of combustion, be sure to have at least two windows slightly open (1/2 inch) to provide adequate cross ventilation.
For more information on Kerosene heaters the best person to contact is Bette Miles,
who has done extensive research on heaters
Dear Joanne & Michael,
The amount of disinformation or outright ignorance of kerosene heaters is
amazing. In the e-mail just after yours in this morning's mail, a fellow sent
me a photo of a beautiful, mint condition Everglo radiant heater. He got it
for free. It was sitting on a neighbor's porch covered in snow, waiting for
the garbage man to pick up. That heater is worth at least $150.
Another example, because of the ancient buildings involved make
renovation almost impossible, a vast majority of the people in Holland
and on the island of Malta use kerosene heaters. Thirty miles across
the English Channel, the UK British Standards, all but outlaw kerosene
heaters as being unsafe. The State of New York agrees with England -
kerosene space heaters are outlawed. Connecticut and Pennsylvania
have contiguous boarders with NY, and half the people it seems heat
with kerosene heaters, so many that corner service stations have a
pump dispensing 1-K clear kerosene for their convenience. The
commonality between NY State and England? The natural gas industry
has much more political muscle than kerosene heater stores, so they
got the competition outlawed!
Kerosene / Carbon Monoxide
Kerosene - you may want to get a CO detector, we purchased a "
mobile" unit from Kidde, that uses 3 AA batteries, so that we
could take it to camp, in the basement, etc. if need be and recharge
the batteries as needed. Kidde Model # KN-COPP-B.
- What CO level is dangerous to your health?
as well as each individual's health condition. The concentration of CO is
measured in parts per million (ppm). Health effects from exposure to CO levels
of approximately 1 to 70 ppm are uncertain, but most people will not
experience any symptoms. Some heart patients might experience an increase
in chest pain. As CO levels increase and remain above 70 ppm,
symptoms may become more noticeable (headache, fatigue, nausea).
As CO levels increase above 150 to 200 ppm, disorientation,
unconsciousness, and death are possible.
- What should you do if you are experiencing symptoms
of CO poisoning?
poisoning, get fresh air immediately. Open windows and doors
for more ventilation, turn off any combustion appliances,
and leave the house. Call your fire department and report
your symptoms. You could lose consciousness and die if you
do nothing. It is also important to contact a doctor immediately f
or a proper diagnosis. Tell your doctor that you suspect CO
poisoning is causing your problems. Prompt medical attention is
important if you are experiencing any symptoms of CO poisoning
when you are operating fuel-burning appliances. Before turning
your fuel-burning appliances back on, make sure a qualified
serviceperson checks them for malfunction.
Courtesy of Michael Barr