Thanks for the link. Eighty bucks is pricey.
But worth it, if it works. As for me, I'd
keep my ceramic heater, and use the eighty
bucks to buy more electricity.
But then, I may not be typical of all users.
Tuesday Feb 16, 2016
Last night, I had a rare but welcome service
call. Less than inch of snow. The weather guys
are saying that a snow storm is expected,
leaving plenty of snow. I got home about 10 PM
and it was snowing, but no new accumulation.
8 AM wake up, finds seven (7) inches of wet,
heavy heart attack snow on the side porch. Not
what I wanted to see. Now, it's time to go shovel
and see if the snow blower runs. And if it works
on this wet and heavy.
Guess a hearty breakfast and a few ibuprophen
will be my best friend this morning. A couple
years ago, I tried a headset radio and listen to
news and information while shovelling. Might try
And it's still Tuesday. I cleared most of the snow
from one vehicle, fatigue took over. Find out there
is a travel advisory, the snow plows cannot keep up
with the snow. I am going to cancel all my plans,
and stay home. Eat, go back to bed, read books, watch
some TV shows. Just cancel the entire day and wait
The 2 that I bought has great reviews. They have a thermostat and can
cycle between the heat settings and even turn itself off when temps are
reached, then turn itself back on and cycle through the heat settings again.
IOW, it'll heat up the oil in the radiator, turn itself off while it
radiates the heat, and when it cools down, it'll do it again. It's not
using power to heat all the time - only uses power to heat the oil and
when it's to temp it cycles off. Make sense?
The net power used is the same. One difference is it is RADIANT heat
- which heats you without heating the air around you. Actually, it is
partly radiant heat, as the air does get heated somewhat by contacting
the body of the heater - but it is primarily a "radiator", so a draft
or opening a door doesn't dump all the heat (contained in the air) out
People in farm country would put plastic over the windows
and stack some straw bales around the houses years ago. The
fortunate ones had a good windbreak north and west of their houses.
It was also nicer if the outhouse door wasn't on the north or west
side of it.
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Both good idas. I've got some window plastic. I'm
sure the park would disapprove if I used hay bales.
This summer, a friend crawled under and found some
holes in the insullation. He was kind enough to call
out sizes for me. I cut pieces to shape, and slid
them in. Also handed in screws, drill drivers, washers,
etc. Hope that helps, it certainly must help.
If you have enough snow to work with, shovel it up against
house as high as you can depending on how much you have.
Around here we call it 'banking the house'. Snowbank against
the house that is. Sure makes a difference! I call my house
form for an igloo. If there was enough snow I would bury it!
If I had that much snow I woul MOVE. Around here if we get 4 inches a
couple of times a year that is a lot. I think we have had about 12 to 16
inches at a time about 3 times in the 60 years I can remember. Some years
One time when I was a kid, I burried my legs in snow
(while wearing a snow suit). Entirely to my surprise,
that was warmer than being on top of the snow.
Yes, the banking sounds like a great idea. My snow
is presently about one inch or less, but I'll do that
when the moment presents. Thank you.
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