dear ferfal, bought your book last week for a couple ladies at my dentist office. i bought yours cause you "been there, done that".my question in on home heating and cooking. i assume argentina uses natural gas? was there any disruptions in supply? what about propane and wood use? thank you very much,
Hi, thanks, hope they like my book. :-) If its not too much to ask, I'd love to hear what they had to say about it, specially if they're not preppers or survival minded. The idea is to open the eyes of as much people as possible.
About your question, we're going through some historic low temps here right now, lowest temperature record in the last 10 years. Yes we mostly use gas, and as I write this there’s problems of supply and protest taking place. The government says there’s no supply problems, but reality doesn’t agree with them.
Specially the poor or those that live outside city limits (and therefore apparently matter less, or at least are out of sight/ out of mind) they are having the greatest problems because gas is getting harder and harder to find, tanks get sold fast and there’s simply not enough to meet the demand. While those that are connected to the city network may have little gas pressure, its of course far worse to not have none at all. Again, this goes along to what I often mention about the cell-like behavior in cities during tough times. Like a living organism, the efforts are placed to keep the core going as well as possible and when sacrifices need to be made, they cut the limb so to speak to save the nucleus.
Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, but its worth mentioning for those that think cities are always the worst place to be in during a crisis or SHTF event, its not always the case.
Some people are using kerosene or wood heaters (some people die because of poor ventilation while doing so) wood is also used for cooking.
I’d like to make a special mention regarding wood burning cooking stoves. I’m not the first one to notice how terrific they are when there’s problems, both for heating and cooking. During the Sarajevo siege these were best sellers my friend. Don’t wait until a freaking war (or God knows what other problem) is all over you. Have one of these, they are also fun to use. Check on Craiglist, check ebay or yard sales, maybe you get lucky and find a cheap one.
Regarding staying warm, many of the camping tricks also apply. Some times when there was no power, we would just sleep all together in the same room, the master bedroom, covered with lots of blankets and hugging, with a crack on the window for ventilation. Also a hot water bottle helps keep staying warm. These go under the groin between the legs so that blood flow spreads heat all over. Cover the head which is a point through which you lose a lot of heat. I also have some of these very cool reusable warmers, they can be used again just by boiling them. VERY, VERY handy, and I used them during my camping days, they are still good over a decade later and many uses. Do yourself a favor and check them out if you have no idea what I’m talking about.