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Oh, wonderful....

Distinguished Professor IV

Oh, wonderful....

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Our power goes out here when a bird burps.  If I don't lose power it will be a miracle.  

 

And to make matters worse, Sunday is going to be very warm, or at least for part of the day.  I'd better start making a few small buckets of ice now in order to keep my chest freezer cold enough that nothing thaws out by the time the cold front fully hits and it's cold enough outside to put things on the porch.  It's packed pretty well, which will also help it stay cold.  And it's presently set to the lowest setting, which is about - 5, so that will help, as well.  There are a few somewhat local places where I could get some dry ice, too.  I've just got to make it until about 9:00PM, at which time it will be cold enough outside to keep things frozen.


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Assistant Professor

Re: Oh, wonderful....

Might not be too bad. We thought we'd lose power Wed night, but... nothing. In fact, all the ice/snow we had on Weds is now gone.


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Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Oh, wonderful....

Our snow and ice is gone here, too, so nothing to weigh the trees down, which is good. 

 

We had some pretty good wind a couple of weeks ago.  There were gusts that were powerful enough to make my hair stand on end, but the power didn't go out.  That time we had a warning, but the gust from this could be 20MPH higher than they were with the last one.  Unfortunately, I live on the side of a large hill that faces the eastern end of Lake Erie, and that wind just rolls right across that thing and slams right into the hill, which is actually a many miles long ridge.  And many of our roadways here, including some of the main ones, are lined on either sides by trees.  It's a pretty forested area, dotted by diary farms.  We even have a village a few miles from here called Forestville.  LOL.  

 

All I can do is prepare and hope for the best.  The longest time we've been without power here is about 36 hours, and that was back in 2003 or 2004, and caused by a wind storm like this.  A couple of years back we had one that knocked the power out for nearly a day.  I lost everything in my fridge and freezer, save a few things I transferred from the fridge to the chest freezer, like condiments, coffee creamer and milk.  


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Professor

Re: Oh, wonderful....

Hopefully you won't have to endure another power outage.  Do you have a wood burning stove? 

Professor

Re: Oh, wonderful....

The longest I've been without power is 8 days.  It's not fun. 

 

MarkJFine wrote:

Might not be too bad. We thought we'd lose power Wed night, but... nothing. In fact, all the ice/snow we had on Weds is now gone.


 

Sophomore

Re: Oh, wonderful....

This bird will try to avoid burping!

 

Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Oh, wonderful....


@maratsade wrote:

Hopefully you won't have to endure another power outage.  Do you have a wood burning stove? 


Nope.  I have a kerosene heater if it gets too cold, but other than the gas stove/oven, that's it.  Coincidentally enough, this house used to have a wood stove, but it was removed and the hole for the flue was covered over years ago.  

 

And eight days?  Wow.  I can't imagine.


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Professor

Re: Oh, wonderful....

Do you have the Buddy heater? If so, are you happy with it? 

 

The long power outages were awful -- my wife reminds me we had one in the summer and one in the winter, both due to storms. Both were a few years ago, and I hope nothing like that will happen again, because both were uncomfortable. although we both learned a lot about prepping, which was good. 

Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Oh, wonderful....

No, no Buddy heater, though I have been thinking about getting one.  Much easier, and cleaner.  

 

I have one of those taller, round kerosene heaters that stink when you shut them off.  Years ago the power went out for many hours during a really cold snap.  I went to town and got the only heater they had left, and a kerosene can.  I then picked up some fuel.  I brought it home, assembled it, fueled it, lit it, and the power then came back on.  Smiley Tongue   

 

Believe it or not, I still have the same kerosene (I store it well), which is perfectly fine, and have only used the heater for, perhaps, a few hours of total time.  

 

It's the type below, and the bad thing about it is that it's either on or off.  No heat adjustment.  

 

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Professor

Re: Oh, wonderful....

I have 2 of those -- but mine allow me to adjust the heater somehow by controlling the height of the wick.  They're very smelly, for sure, but they also put out a lot of heat.  I'm also thinking of getting Buddy heaters.  

 

"I went to town and got the only heater they had left, and a kerosene can.  I then picked up some fuel.  I brought it home, assembled it, fueled it, lit it, and the power then came back on."

 

Oh dear.  These things do tend to happen and they don't improve the misery of the day. Smiley Happy