Thursday, September 13, 2012

The deadly bitter cold is heard rustling in the leaves...

Plans finalized....

Over the next two weeks I will be laying out over $1000 for heating oil, firewood, and a chimney sweep. The majority of our winter heating needs are now fixed, excepting some hard physical work moving and stacking wood.

Now I turn my attention to a few small things that would make being without power more an inconvenience than a real problem. A percolator, camping stove... things like that.

This weekend, an organization of the pantry and some judicious topping off of comestibles.

Next weekend... stacking firewood in places handy to the doors.... and in piles placed with malice aforethought.

What are YOU doing to get ready for a Winter of discontent?


4 comments:

Bob said...

Here in NC? Contemplating buying some swim trunks...

og said...

We're stacking firewood as well. The chimney is clean, and we have heavy wool blankets to pin over the windows at night.

Old NFO said...

Road trip to Hawaii... :-)

Bryn said...

Prepping, for winter and longer term instability....
4 months worth of dry goods (min.) for the household, more when we can.
Large propane cylinders for a camping stove, currently two - I want four if I can store them securely/safely.
I have two 700W generators, and enough fuel to keep the freezers going until they are empty.
Our current vulnerability is heating - we are entirely reliant on piped gas, with a couple of small electric heaters as backup. If the utilities die, I will have to take a sledgehammer to the fireplace that the landlord bricked up - we have a small pile of scrap wood in a secure yard.
I wish we were in a position to do more (diesel generator & fuel stock, coal/woodpile, more dry goods) but space & cash impose strict limits on us.
Weaponry - we're in the UK, so think medieval - crossbows, longbow, knives, maces and a selection of "historical re-enactment" items that can be made useful given 30 minutes and a grinder....
I'm working on a shotgun licence, but while the shotguns are affordable the licence and storage costs more than double that initial cost - and I need to be a member of a clay shooting club or similar (£200/year locally).