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Wed and Thursday last week it was old news Big Storm sweeping east,

make ready to expect power outages. Ya, don't really know why that end

part of the warning bothered me, but it did. I figured I'd head out and rent

a room at the Holiday Inn where they have a backup generator. All day Friday

it went on warning!! warning! Dr Smith! Warning!!. Friday nite 10Pm got up

after clicking TV off and just as straightening up.....beep beep beep alarm on

UPS units for the TV and Computer go off signalling loss of commercial power!!

FAWWK!! Waited for an hour tu see it it would come back on, no not that lucky

this time, temp outside 12 degrees minus 0 wind chill. Called a Friend he had

heater he could let me use hes coming over. I bought years ago a Mr Heater Buddy

gas heater but didnt know if it would work or was safe inside. Had to dig for an

hour to get thru more than 12 years of buying stuff and just cubby holing it for

later. There it was new in the box, fob detroit. Pulled it out of the box, screwed

the 2 gas cylinders on, Now would you be able to come up with 4 "D" batterys?

Inserted batteries and fired that mother up! Now wonder how long it will run on

2 small containers of propane gas? Got 2 extra cans. Well left on low to see how

long it would last. 9:30Am it started sputtering and ran outta gas Beep Beep Beep

Power comes back on!!! What an ordeal! Several lessons learned by old coot.

beep beep beep Power goes off again, picking up phone beeps again and power comes

back on and stays on.

I realize never looked at thermometer tu see what temp was at coldest time, guess

my mind was protecting me from knowing just how cold it was, I remember a frosty

Arctic Encounter in the USAF in below zero temps and primitive conditions and how

I never wanted to do it again. Or maybe I was just tu covered up with a winter jacket

and an old blanket and was tu lazy to crawl out tu find out it was cold, wich I already knew.

Moral of the story: If they say prepare for no power there just mite be a chance of that.

Alls well that ends well..........Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!



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I had to look. I can see why it was sputtering. I'm surprised those cartridges lasted as long as they did.

Merry Christmas and a Warm New Year!



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I thought I had it bad with the heater kicking back on every 10mins.
I plugged up the fire place with blankets and closed off the front bedroom (it's 40 in there now (she has a thermometer on her alarm clock). Since the wind stopped the main heating unit has went back to normal. I also dusted off the oil heater, I don't think that made a difference.

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We use those Mr Heater's in hunting season & they burn up those propane bottles like mad. We're going to figure out how to connect it to a 25lb bottle for next year. Also, I learned the hard way those heaters don't work over a certain elevation. It was in the manual I never read.



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Would of loved to sit in pickup but I couldn't find old spikey boots and the

bottom half of ramp from porch tu driveway was never shoveled and was a sheet of ice.

The bottom of the heater was set on the carpet in front of the TV

and I picked up heater several times and touched carpet wich was not

hot. It was set on low wich according to book with 2, 1 lb cans attatched

would last 3-12 hours. So I figgure 12 hours at low setting and 3 hours at

high power.



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Mr. FMB subscribes to the, When all else fails, read the manual, school of thought.

Who among us can say otherwise?

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Lugnut #3 is loose Mr Snippy.

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Do you have it set up to power the house yet?

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Freddie Krueger wrote:

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Yeah, the old-fashioned way. It'll silently donate up to 9.6 kW using truck 120V/240V receptacles or the optional home power inverter. I don't need that much power, wood supplies the heat. So, I use one 30 Amp extension cord that plugs into the 30A 240V receptacle in the bed of the truck. I run it into the middle of the house and plug in a 4x standard 20A/120V splitter into the receptacle on the extension cord. That gets me 7.2 kW, enough to run the heat pump water heater (it's way under 1000W in heat pump only mode), the blower, and all the lights and electronics I need. On top of everything else, silent power is true sine-wave clean power, unlike many generators. I've got a 12,000 BTU mini-split that runs on 120V and consumes about 750W continuous, if I'd just install the thing.

The whole load would be less that 2kW, 1kW continuous with a heat pump running, lasting a silent 3-10 days. If I had to, I can unplug and go charge up and import power from a fast charger down the street at the rate of 30 a kilowatt-hour. We were out for three hours on Xmus Heave for a transformer blowout. All I did was kind of prove the concept with a couple of those electric oil heaters and the refrigerator and a UPS for the TeeVee and audio. If it ever gets bad enough long enough, I know I can run the well pump on the 240V and use the truck's 2.4kW of additional power with regular extension cords.



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Wow. Who would have thunk it....????


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Guys, ( Or however you may identify )
The Mr.buddy heater assortments are a game changer.
Have used different models of them for years,and pretty much trouble free. Work great with a larger cylinder of choice.
Just be cautious when using an after market hose assembly. The hose usually has some sort of oil used in manufacturing that collects inside said hose and will cause burning/ignition problems.
Mr. Heater makes a filter between hose and heater that helps alleviate some of this.
Some good info on YouTube.

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Thanks IC, I'll check it out. It'd be nice to get away from gas altogether. I've seen some wood pellet grills now that are very portable.



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I found out my wood stove in the living room with a good fire going and its available space to sit a pan and a pot atop.
Can boil water and make coffee or boil up some spuds. Cook burgers in a frying pan. This is great for winter power
outages when you got a fire going most the time. I went without power for 52hrs a month ago during cold weather
and the one thing I could do is stay warm and do some cooking. Entertainment is void of course.

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