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Alternative Heat Options

Updated: May 8

Do you have a plan of how to heat your home in cold weather? If you plan on using wood to heat your home, you will need a lot if that is your only source of heat. Plan on purchasing cut wood during the year so it is ready for use when you need it. If you are cutting, make sure to stack it off the concrete or ground so it doesn't break down. You will want to cover it to protect it from the weather.


Wood Burning:  Make sure wood stack is able to stay dry, by covering it.  You will need a lot if it will be your only alternative heat source.  Have a good quality log grate that fits the inside floor of the fireplace, a secure screen to prevent anyone falling into the fireplace or fire popping out on your floor.  You will need a good quality set of fireplace tools.

Maintain your chimney to make sure there are no cracks and clean it out of creosote, to prevent a house fire. Consider a chimney liner and vent.

Coal Burning: Store coal in a dark dry area so it will not break down before using.  You will need to clean your chimney if you burn coal as well.  Storage options for coal, trash cans with lids or make a wooden coal bunker.

Portable Generator:  You will need plenty of fuel if this is your choice.  Make sure you purchase a good quality generator with wheels for easy placement.

You may consider hiring an electrician to make adjustments to your electrical panel to shut down the regular electrical flow to your home from the electrical company so in an emergency you could use your back up generator.

Solar Generator: These are awesome!  You may consider extra solar panels etc, converter and storage batteries.

Portable Kerosene Heater: Pick one of these up from Home Depot or online at Amazon.  The Dura Heat Indoor Kerosene Heater along with extra wicks.  Purchase kerosene in larger quantities from Crus Oil.

It is a great option for alternative heat for your home. Make sure you light and extinguish outside for much less odor in your home, that make a huge difference. 

 Purchase kerosene fuel in 5-gallon containers and store them in a covered area, at a safe distance away from your home. Be sure to rotate your kerosene to keep it fresh. Check with your local municipal fire dept. for regulations as to how much you can store safely.

There are many, so do your homework and find out what is best for your needs


See the article on Sources for Kerosene

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