This is a discussion on Emergency heat for an apartment. within the Urban and Rural Survival forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Originally Posted by Two Seven One Thank you. I'm sure a lot of people that have read my posts here over the last few days ...
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She's a native Texan born and raised but she can't do without the A/C
Its not an apartment but back when I was a kid we had a massive blizzard that knocked out power for over a week straight. My dad had a kerosene heater that he set up in the basement until it ran out of fuel but we stayed upstairs most of the time. We just dressed warmly and all slept together in the living room using thermal sleeping bags. Today I have a gas log fireplace in the basement, thinking about converting it back to a wood burner just in case.
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hate to tell you but it's not possible to do it safely with a modern stove - it's some prepper urban legend BS that got started years ago from a Jericho TV episode .... most stove & broiler section on stoves heat vent out of a little slot back of the range burners - there's no central collection point for the oven .... that's not taking the heat into consideration - a wood or charcoal fire builds heat over twice what the stove is insulated to handle .... it would be safer and eazier to start from scratch and build a masonry one ....
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Last edited by Two Seven One; 08-07-2016 at 07:50 PM.
quote------- "Hello all,
As in my earlier posts I'm new to prepping. I live in an apartment complex and am trying to figure out a reliable emergency heat system should I stay put for some time during the winter season. We are not allowed to have kerosene heaters and such due to fire code. Plus even if I were to have one I imagine gas fuels would be in short supply/availability. What are some good alternatives?
I know it might sound stupid but I was thinking I could tear my oven apart and convert it into a wood burning stove using torn out metal duct work to make a chimney for ventilation. My complex is surrounded by forest so there is plenty of wood.
Anyway, I'm here for advice and recommendations and sorry if I sound stupid and totally newbish. Thank you for your time. "
okay then moving on -well when I was a wee ladd we had a cabin it had a propane wall furnace did ok until the propane ran too low and dad shut it off -he then when out into the shed drug out an ancient cast iron pot belly stove
set it up on some cinder blocks and put the flue(pipes) out one of the windows and boarded/insulated the air gaps with I think was or used to be called a fire blanket? not sure what it was but it wouldn't burn or melt and that is what we used up in the northern Minnesota Siberian freeze called winter during deer season that year it was warm we were happy. now maybe you could do something like that but remember when you burn wood to keep warm -like a generator every one know your there -they can smell the wood burning for a good distance and during the day see the smoke with a propane they see smell nothing and those one pound can you can buy in wall mart last a day or so each and can be bought a few at a time and stored for ever.
better off starting with a closed head steel drum - they actually sell a $50 DIY kit (exhaust piping extra $$) for converting a barrel into a working heat/cook unit .... there's all kinds of blogs & UTubes on additional DIYs to increase it's productivity and usefulness ....
when you're out cruising around - keep an eye out in the industrial type areas for locations that have stuff like barrels, wood pallets & materials that could prove useful in a SHTF situation ....
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