Beat the Cold in a SHTF Situation

Here are a few good pointers for dealing with the cold in an SHTF situation.  Be sure you click on the article link and get the full detailed pointers.

From Personal Liberty

9 ways to heat yourself post-SHTF

1. Conduction

Prevent the direct transfer of heat from your body by using a sleeping bag if you are outdoors or a pad of thick blankets or thick layer of dry debris between you and the cold ground. Anything you can put down between you and the ground or use to raise yourself up off the ground will help to slow your loss of body heat and will keep you warmer.

2. Convection

Cover up

Body heat is lost when air moves over exposed skin, also called wind chill. We all know that if you are outside it’s a good idea to have gloves, a scarf and insulated boots in the colder climates. If your mother was anything like mine, she told you to cover your head because she was convinced that you lose most of your body heat through the top of your head……

3. Radiation

Layers to trap air

Another good way to heat yourself post-SHTF is to always wear layers of clothing. Layers help to trap the heat your body dissipates naturally……

4. Evaporation

One of the best ways to heat yourself post-SHTF is to control the amount of heat that evaporates from your body. Evaporative loss happens when we get too sweaty……

5. Permanent and semi-permanent fixtures

Fixtures installed in advance, such as a fireplace, can be used to heat your home post-SHTF well. But if you have the option to choose, go for a something like a wood burning stove, wood-fired cookstove or even a rocket stove heater or a potbelly stove…..

6. Portable heaters

Many people are familiar with kerosene heaters. These do not require electricity but instead use kerosene fuel to operate. The larger ones are 23,000 BTUs and will be great for larger spaces…..

7. Lanterns

Obviously, propane lanterns, oil lamps or kerosene lamps are not designed to be used for heat. But they can give off a small amount of heat that can raise the temperature in their immediate area if you need to heat yourself post-SHTF in a survival type situation. Using lanterns for heat inside an enclosed space or for an extended period of time should be a last resort option and is not recommended due to safety issues.

8. Stop drafts and slow heat loss

One of the biggest ways to stay warm in your home and heat yourself is to stop drafts coming in and stop heat going out.


9. Eat the right foods

Believe it or not, there are certain foods you can eat that will kick start the thermogenesis process in your body. As you digest certain foods, your body begins to produce energy. When the mitochondria get involved in digestion, heat is produced…..


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