Morning!

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Glorious – if rather cold – morning.

Yesterday was a complete mess. Sun never once came out, heavy overcast with lots of wind, snow started at dusk, lots more wind and a little snow overnight. But this morning is one of those crystalline clear, cold, utter still mornings that’ll make you rejoice for your senses – while you’re slowly freezing solid. Yeah, someday when I’m rich and famous I’m gonna get me one of those ‘propane heaters’ I’ve heard about, that you can run all night and then not spend the morning shivering in your coat while the fire gets hot. Decadent, boy.

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7 Responses to Morning!

  1. Ben says:

    I’ve been looking at those propane heaters lately. There are two basic kinds, one far cheaper than the other. The cheaper sort, (ventless) puts the flame and all of its combustion products inside the house with you, and isn’t supposed to be used in a sleeping room.

    I suggest that you settle only for the vented variety. If you were in the right place at the right time, you might be able to salvage one from a motor home or camper.

  2. Joel says:

    Yeah, we were just discussing vented vs. non-vented at the neighbors’ house a couple of days ago. It’s quite the topic of conversation this time of year.

    I have a couple of portables, one of which saw me through the last three winters in the trailer after the furnace crapped out. It actually worked pretty well, was safe to use (as long as I did my part) but it requires more propane than I can afford to spend every cold night. In fact they all do.

    When I build the bedroom, though, I definitely would like an actual small vented heater in there. With a thermostat, so I’m only heating the bedroom. Bet that wouldn’t take much propane.

  3. Phssthpok says:

    You do know they make 12v electric blankets, yes? http://tinyurl.com/zj4ldyr

    Current draw around 6 amps with a 50% duty cycle (3 amps/hr average). How much can your new and improved power system handle?

    Wrap your clothes in the blanket before bed, make sure the control is within reach and just click it on about 1/2 hour before you get up… Clothes are pre-warmed (no more cold morning nardle gargling…think fresh-from-the-dryer toasty), and you can wrap the blanket around you as needed while the fire stokes.

  4. Joel says:

    Dude, I don’t (usually) have any trouble staying warm through the night. It’s getting out from under the covers that presents a problem. Also: a 3-amp draw all night long? I don’t think my batteries would like that.

  5. Harry Steele says:

    You could go with the thermostat controlled ventless, and use a AA battery powered electronic thermostat that has a timer function, maybe set it to turn on 5 or 6 am? That way, you arent using propane all night while you are under the covers…

  6. Norman says:

    When I build the bedroom, though, I definitely would like an actual small vented heater in there. With a thermostat, so I’m only heating the bedroom. Bet that wouldn’t take much propane.

    I think you’re right. Something I’ve never figured out is why people go short on making structures highly energy efficient (read: very well insulated and airtight) and go long on bling so they can pay for the difference forever in high energy bills. A 2″ lift of closed cell spray-in under 5″ of mineral wool and a 6 mil vapor barrier is money hiding in the wall where it’s never seen but it’ll give you that $75-100/month to spend on the marble thresholds and fancy faucets instead of electricity or gas.

  7. Phssthpok says:

    Not all night long, just about 1/2 hour before you get up to pre-warm the clothes.

To the stake with the heretic!