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    Winter has arrived. What do you like to do to be ready?

    With the temps in the single digits a lot I thought I'd start a thread to help share ideas for being ready incase something happens.

    I like to keep an extra case of water in the fridge in the basement beings we are on a well.
    We have a ventless gas heater in the basement. I also like to keep a decent amount of firewood on hand.
    In our basement I have 120 gallon African Cichlid tank so I bought a small Honda EU2000I generator to power the pump and heaters.
    My wife likes candles so we have bunches of them all over the house for extra light and a little heat.
    Once in a while woot.com runs a deal on batteries so I have enough to run my collection of LED flashlights for a month.
    Also have a Weber Q1000 grill and a package of gas cans for it so I can make food.
    Also have a gas stove so we can use that to make warm drinks.
    There are probably 15 lighters of different types around my house as well and a couple cans of refill gas.
    We also have an 80 pound Lap Lab for heat.

    So what about you?

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    I've pretty much incorporated my "ready" routine into normal everyday living. Instead of just having one propane tank for the grill I have 4. And when one is empty I refill it so there is always plenty of propane on hand. Same with the gas can. I have 2 5-gallon cans. They get used for the mower, etc... but they get refilled regularly.

    My camping supplies takes care of most of the rest of it. I have an RV with a full kitchen/bath in it and heat and a portable generator. The house has a pellet stove for main heat and a ton of pellets in the garage at all times. I also have a wood stove in the basement and a full wood shed every fall. And I can run the house off of the generator if need be too. And I have enough fuel for the chainsaw and the tractor to get through the winter.

    We use bottled water for drinking in the house on a routine basis so I have 5 5-gallon carboys on hand.

    The only thing I have gotten in the habit of doing "just for winter" is I buy a case or two of canned soups/stews as an emergency backup. Everything else is pretty much just there as a normal course of living.
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    We've always been prepared for winter. In fact around here summer is spent getting ready for winter.

    We have an inventory of food that equates to around 3-4 months worth at all times. When an item is used from the shelf it goes on the list and replaced at the next grocery run.
    Water - we have a spring that feeds the house that is 20' from the front porch.
    Light - have high pressure gas lamp plus a couple Aladdin lamps.
    Heat - wood stove with at least 3 cord of firewood as backup.
    Cooking - being we have an electric stove, we use a Coleman propane camping stove. Always have at least 2 full 20# propane tanks.
    Tools - quite a variety of hand tools for any repairs needed.

    We lived off-grid for 6 years before moving to this place. We kept most of the things we used then. When the power goes off it hardly affects us at all even for extended periods.

    And if I need my tractor I always have at least 500 gallons of fuel depending on the time of year. Get my 1000 gal underground tank and 150 gallon farm tank filled each summer. Can also use that for transportation if needed in the VW TDI.
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    I'm far from off grid but always have a backup plan.
    Sandy and the noreaster two weeks later really hammered that home.
    Got plenty of wood, 4 cases of MRE's, Bobcat 250 gen, ect.
    Right now i'm off work so i am cutting a 1025R bucket load of standing dead oak to burn every few days to keep my other 3 cord in limbo.

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    Just like Coaltrain,
    During the summer months we prepare for the winter. The city plows are being gone over from one end to the other.
    As for myself I depend on our automatic 20KW standby generator (natural gas)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzldanz View Post
    Just like Coaltrain,
    During the summer months we prepare for the winter. The city plows are being gone over from one end to the other.
    As for myself I depend on our automatic 20KW standby generator (natural gas)
    GENERAC brand?
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    I don't depend on a generator. This thread is about being ready for winter, but I take it a bit farther than that - being prepared for a situation (which is a subject for another topic) where there are long term problems like no electricity for months, no fuel for trucks to deliver food to stores, and stuff like that. So everything I have for preparations only depends on a little kerosene and propane which stores well. After living off-grid for years has taught me alot.
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    GENERAC brand?

    Yes, Generac. Tried to get a Cummins Onan at installation time but they were backed up with orders.
    Starts fine at -30C.; (heated battery, synthetic oil)
    Current: 3320 HST cab with 59" front blower, Hydraulic chute deflector, Vertical Exhaust, Front Fenders,
    Grooved and loaded Front and Rear R-4's
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    Whelen warning lights, JD366 front blade
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