low tech tips for cold weather survival 

Gleaned from being homeless, winter camping and historical examples of pre-central heating cultures.

- Pile all the people together in one small room and close off all the others. Heat the room with body heat! Tell stories to keep morale up.

- Use a bed warmer. Pour hot water in a metal canteen, wrap in a towel. Put it in your bed by your stomach to keep core warm.

- Eat a night snack. Calories will keep you warm.

- Make a bed tent with a sheet...

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low tech tips for cold weather survival 

..There was a reason people used four poster beds. It creates a small microclimate you heat with your body. This really works! In some tipi using cultures a bed tent was called an ozan.

-Buddy system. Two or more bodies in a bed will keep hypothermia away and allow for a good nights sleep.

- Dress in layers! Wool is great! Layer your bedding, too, this traps more air, which is insulating. Don't forget your sleeping cap!

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.@ewankeep

Also roll up towels to put at the foot of your door way.

Roll up towels to put at the base of your windows.

Scarves of any type help conserve a lot of heat.

Close all of your curtains at night. Keep non-south facing curtains closed. If the suns shining, let it in.

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.@ewankeep

Keep dry. Evaporation cools you off. You can go out in the snow (properly wrapped up) but don't let yourself get wet.

Wool is remarkable even when it gets wet, it doesn't have the cooling effect as cotton.

Make a pillow fort and tent in your space.

Remember aluminum foil reflects (and can help contain) heat.

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.@ewankeep

Standing on cold concrete can leech a lot of heat from your body.

Thick plastic padding can help (maybe some foil between floor and padding).

If you have power and a computer, never underestimate how much heat a computer can throw off. Maybe farm some crypto-currency. (Note: all of this could shorten your computer's life expectancy, but better it than yoy)

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.@ewankeep

Sustained low stress movement (e.g. walking) is a great way to warm up. Don't sit huddled under a blanket. Instead walk. If you feel yourself wanting to take off a layer, ease off.

Don't get yourself into a sweat, because you're body will need to cool down (e.g. burned to hot and now need to cool back down, which is an inefficient use of calories).

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@takeonrules @ewankeep I know my family looks at me a bit strange, but I do a ton of "dancing" while standing since I don't have a walking desk at home. I also wear a cap often.

Glad I am on the right path with my low tech warmth!!

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@PresGas @takeonrules Dancing is great! I love that!

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.@ewankeep

One more: if you have a room that has no exterior walls (e.g. walls that are to the outside), this is your space to operate, but make sure there's a bit of ventilation.

Be wary of carbon monoxide poisoning or hypothermia

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@takeonrules Good points.

A good rule of thumb is CCR - convection conduction radiation. These are the three ways heat you loose or gain heat. Conduction is contact. Cement floors will conduct heat away from your body. Convection is loss through air movement, trap air close to your body. Thermal radiation is how your body looses heat just on it's own. You loose a lot of heat through your head, so if you're cold wear a hat!

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@takeonrules I can tell not every message in this thread is loading for me but:

You can also change the outside environment some if it's gonna be cold for a while! Depending on the size of your house it might be worth it to pile up snow against the walls. free (just add labor) insulation!

(As other comments say, make sure you account for potentially getting sweaty, and be aware that exercise when cold is extra strain on the cardiovascular system - just because you can do it in the summer, doesn't mean you can do it in the winter!)
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@takeonrules (I live in an urban environment where it doesn't snow very often, but we do get cold drizzley rain. I have shower curtains up around my "porch" to serve as a baffle to reduce convection during egress. That sorta setup can be useful too. The "fwooomph" of pushing open a door on an otherwise well-sealed room can encourage a lot of air transfer, lol! @ewankeep

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@emsenn @takeonrules This is quiet air zone is a great idea. In colder climates they are often built into the architecture. Cool you figured out how to DIY one for your location!

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@ewankeep It also means I have an outdoor lemon tree even when it's 20f out in the town at-large, which is a rather nice gardener-flex! @takeonrules

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@emsenn @takeonrules Snow is a great insulator!

Winter dressing is a whole other toot thread! Winter bikers and cross-country skiers know that a big part of keeping warm is ironically, not over heating. This is why you want wicking base layers, to wick your sweat away from your body, and midlayers and outer layers you can peel off if you get too hot. You want to prevent sweating. Windchill is also vicious, so throw on a wind breaker or parka shell.

low tech tips for cold weather survival 

@ewankeep wear socks to bed. People forget how much heat they lose through their feet. Keep an airspace below the mattress if you can. You lose heat through conduction if the mattress is in contact with the floor or ground. Don't use an air mattress, the cold will cause it to deflate overnight.

low tech tips for cold weather survival 

@WanderingBeekeeper @ewankeep tucking long pj pants into your socks goes a long way for keeping warm, too!

low tech tips for cold weather survival 

@ewankeep The only other trick I know is to make an indoor heater using candles/tea-lights and a ceramic plant pot/tray.

low tech tips for cold weather survival 

@kawaiipunk Here is a link to how to make one of these flower pot heaters.

survivalpunk.com/ceramic-flowe

I haven't actually made one of these, but I'd like to see how it works.

I already posted on how to make a DIY oil lamp.

mspsocial.net/web/statuses/105

Do be careful of carbon monoxide and open flames when using oil lamps and these flowerpot heaters!

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