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Emergency heater if furnace dies in winter?

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Emergency heater if furnace dies in winter?

I live in Winnipeg and our winters get cold, like minus 40 cold. What type of heater should I get in case the furnace dies in the middle of winter that could get us through a couple days until the furnace is fixed? Something that could heat a big room. What do you guys recommend?
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gbill2004 wrote: I live in Winnipeg and our winters get cold, like minus 40 cold. What type of heater should I get in case the furnace dies in the middle of winter that could get us through a couple days until the furnace is fixed? Something that could heat a big room. What do you guys recommend?
Get a few cheap, small electric heaters. Make sure to plug them into different circuits to not overload your breakers.
Also, turn on all lights/electronics.
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engineered wrote: Get a few cheap, small electric heaters. Make sure to plug them into different circuits to not overload your breakers.
Also, turn on all lights/electronics.
Why do you recommend electric over a radiant heater?
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engineered wrote: Get a few cheap, small electric heaters. Make sure to plug them into different circuits to not overload your breakers.
Also, turn on all lights/electronics.
Turn on?
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gbill2004 wrote: Why do you recommend electric over a radiant heater?
If you're referring to electric oil heaters, they're just more expensive/bigger/slower/quieter. Either way it's still electric heat.
chimaican wrote: Turn on?
Lights generate 100% heat. The amount just varies by the wattage. 10x100W lights is as good as a 1000W electric heater.

OP, your stove can also be put into service in an emergency. Just use care to be safe with it.
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Lol, findng it quite humorous the posts here regarding ELECTRICAL OPTIONS

Cuz more often or not if someone is without heat for an extended period of time in the Winter, it’s due to a POWER OUTAGE.

Such as the GREAT North American Ice Storm of January 1998

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/January ... _ice_storm

Anyone who went thru that ... be it without power for a few hours ... DAYS - WEEKS - or even MONTHS

We all learned a few things are necessities to keep warm in the Winter, any or all of the following

* A Generator
* A Wood Fireplace
* Or a Gas Fireplace

There were a ton of folks who bought & installed either Whole Home Generators after that, or a Gas Fireplace (or insert)

We had a wood fireplace, and were extremely thankful we did. Slept on the floor in the family room, and cooked on the back deck on our Gas Grill. Biggest takeaway ... BE PREPARED

And that... it’s all fun and games (a camp out adventure) for the first 24 hours ... but wears thin FAST.
No Electricity = No Furnace, No Stove, No Showering with Hot Water, etc

And really sucks when it’s happening for miles & miles around (Whole Provinces) ... so there’s not going to a hotel to get away from it all, and not easily done even if you could ... when it’s winter and your house could freeze ... or worse burn down from crazy things happening (lots of stories about both).
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A Gas fireplace works well when the power is out... Make sure you get a ceramic glass panel and not a tempered glass, it rejects so much more heat into the room.

We use ours almost daily in the fall / winter.
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Gas fireplace is best for power outages. Always there and ready. My 7 year old can turn it on.

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