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We all cringe at the thought of the winter power outage. It’s a terrifying thing to deal with. For so many of us we are limited in our options when the power goes out. Backup power is a cornerstone of any prepping system. You have to have a way to generate backup power in a disaster. Of course, that solution is yours to decide but I wouldn’t leave it out of the picture.
We are going to talk about a few methods of providing alternative backup heat sources. Only one is going to require power.
The other backup heat sources will require hard work and some stockpiling. No matter how you slice it, the winter and the cold will get in and take over, if you let it.
HotHands Hand Warmers
HotHands are small to medium packs designed for heating you up can go a long way both in the outside and in the home.
During a power outage when heating systems are offline, these can be your lifeline to extremities. While they only last a short time, they are still very effective.
You can also get electric hand warmers. These will last longer, but of course, you will need a power source that may not always be available.
A small space heater and a portable generator can do a lot if you get the family into one room. It can even make the nighttime much better.
These heaters do not require lots of energy and most models will be able to run, even on a decent solar generator. Keep that in mind.
You need something that is going to generate heat in the dead of winter, especially at night.
Lots of people are opting for a woodstove in the home. These little iron gems will put off massive amounts of heat when its cold out.
Also called rocket stoves, they are not wired to the grid and only require wood to heat your home. You can even cook with them.
If you have the means and the room, a wood stove as a backup heat source is no brainer.
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
If you can't afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.