I did a lot of tests about heating my small home (3 Bedroom/1 3/4 bath 1240 sq.ft.) with alternatives to a older electric furnace and then test how I could heat my home if the electricity stopped. That meant cooking and heating in a fairly well insulated house that had very bad double pane and some single pane windows but good insulation. It was cold but not freezing as the average night time temp was 15-20 degrees F. at night and about 35-40 degrees F. for the days high. I used a mid range Mr. Buddy heater using the 1 pound propane bottles to quantify how much fuel was required to heat the house to about 65-68 degrees F.
I did not run the heaters over night because Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning tends to happen when people sleep. It did not freezing inside the house when I turned off the electric heat. The house cooled down to about 50 degrees F. That is a bit brisk to wake up to but you probably won’t get Hypothermia starting up the Mr. Buddy heater.
My result were the room with the heater got warm within about 10-15 minutes but I had to add a small battery powered fan to move the heat through the house. After adding the fan, the rest of the house reached 65 degrees in 45 minutes and I did nothing more than adjust the fan or the heater placement other than point it at a doorway to the rest of my house. I don’t have an open floor plan in my house. So your heat and fuel usage may vary but my basic trial should give you a basic idea about what you need to heat your home in winter. I tested using the Mr. Buddy Heater the same way but using a common BBQ grill tank and got about 6 days worth of heat with about 5 gallons/pounds from the larger propane tank. I have no idea how well the Mr. Big Buddy heater will work I used a cheap O2 battery camping fan powered by 2 D cell batteries to push heat from my mid range Mr. Buddy heater. I’m not sure of the post but the test is on this site. I don’t delete publish posts of this site unless the post is wrong and very badly written. You have seen the bad spelling and grammatical mistakes. So you know I don’t delete posts unless they are completely awful.
Butane stoves are the bomb if you have an electric stove and need a back up cooking source. Probably the best back up source for cooking if you can’t afford a $4,000 + wood stove from the Amish and the cords of wood to burn and learn how to burn wood in that stove to bake and cook. Well while learn the bake you can keep your house warm.
You need a simple, effective way to cook and boil water that won’t kill you via carbon monoxide poisoning. It has to be easy to use and safe to store fuel in a small apartment or home and it must be a Multi-tasker good for several type of environments. Okay I add that last part….
Butane stoves is great for cooking! Caterers have been using the little burners for years and they are very simple to use and the fuel is relatively low cost to buy. There are people that use less than a can of butane to cook a Months worth of food. That could be possible though I can’t do it. But I know you could cook at least a week’s worth of meals if you plan ahead and are frugal with the fuel. A butane Stove costs about $20.00-50.00 depending on the store. Camping stores and Foodservice stores tend to have the best prices for the butane fuel cans. A case of Butane fuel costs about $12.00-$24.00 as of last summer. I’m not sure of current butane costs this month as I have already stocked up. I still think adding a Butane stove at double the cost of buying the stove and fuel would still be a bargain to have an alterative/ backup cooking method rather than be a slave to electric and gas prices. You can control what you buy and not the PTB’s or the Public Utilities offer you as take it or get evicted min. standards of many local governments.
I think I have done some great work getting prepped. The first was getting a very efficient wood stove. Buying and stacking good dry wood for that stove. I much prefer a neighbor stopping by and saying the love the smell of the wood smoke rather than someone getting pissed off that soot, ash and unpleasant smells are pissing of my neighbors.
Don’t let wanting perfection stop you from prepping. The Mr. Buddy heater was me just trying to stay warm if the electricity stopped. I now have a wood stove and don’t need that Mr. Buddy heater in my Hone but it can work great for camping or setting up a warm up area in winter. I did not waste any effort and I could help some one with that heater and fuel to keep them warm in winter. You build your preps in steps starting from the base line. As you improve your steps you free up more resources to help friends and family to build up their resources.
Preppers seldom are selfish. I can’t speak for all preppers but we want more more people to get prepared. We don’t offer a handout but we offer a hand up, on how to prep effectively on small budget. We know prepping can be hard. We have been there and done that.
I’ll be adding the Challa bread to my recipe page. It seemed a tad sweet to me so I think I’ll go with a bit of salt on top rather than sesame seeds. Ironically the braiding of the bread worked out better than I had anticipated. I have to say the challah bread made some of the best French toast ever!