When we protect stupid people from hurting themselves, aren't we
screwing up nature's natural selection process? Shouldn't we let
nature weed out stupidity instead of encouraging it's growth in the
human populace?? ;>)
Other's have offered suggestions...I'll just offer a story.
Many years ago, my old Perfection furnace had a lever on the gas valve
that allowed the user to turn on the gas manually during a power
failure. Since the blower would obviously not work, the manual said to
use a 10 minute on - 30 minute off duty cycle to avoid damaging the
furnace. I guess they trusted people to follow instructions back
One year I noticed that my furnace would not kick on consistantly and
had to have it repaired. It turned out to be a sticky gas valve which
they replaced. Unfortunately, new codes did not allowed gas valves
with manual controls since people must have gotten stupid since the
furnace was originally installed.
The following winter we had an ice storm that left us without power
for 5 days. Kerosene heaters kept the house barely livable since the
weather cooperated to some extent, but had I not had a furnace problem
the year before, I would have had a much more comfortable experience.
Running any modern furnace to heat without a blower is plain ol, as
stupid as it gets, moron dumb.
Maybe. My old furnace never had a blower to worry about. It was 1950's
vintage, relied on gravity and worked very well.
What you need is an alternative heat source that doesn't use AC power.
Kerocene heaters are one possibility.
A "ventless" LPG heaters are also OK.
They can keep one room confortable and a house from freezing in most
A generator will cost much more than a "backup" heat source and may be
difficult to impossible to start when you really need it.
If you are going to spend money on an alternative heater then spend it
smart. Buy a vented cabinet gas heater with a window venting kit.
Those heaters take their combustion air from the middle layer of the
triple walled vent pipe and exhaust their products of combustion through
the center pipe of the same assembly. They burn no heated air and leave
nothing inside the home but heat. They do cost more then a portable or
unvented combustion heater but they don't have the long track record of
causing and aggravating respiratory ailments in children and the
elderly. They also lack the portable combustion heater's long record of
death by fire or asphyxia.
"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous
I have a simple system.
After the power enters the house, the line is split one line has a
light bulb and siren - this is left on to tell me when the power is
restored. The other serves the contents of the house. No chance of
running the generator longer than necessary.
I leave a radio turned on, and a couple lights. plugged into the "house
power". Run a couple chosen appliances off extension cords from the
generator. No chance of hurting a lineman by back feeding. Alerts me when
house power is restored.
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