Friday, September 20, 2013

homeless mansion


HOMELESS MANSION

I think one of our homeless guys was reading from the same library as Vlad- his tent set-up is really efficient for high desert winter living.  As you know unless you are a sad little man who never heard of me and my minions until recently, which is highly probable since all the Gear Queers pretty much hog up the bandwidth and say nice things only about each other and treat me as a pariah as I dare to speak the name of those that do not pay advertising space, Vlad has been telling us of the Eskimo dudes and their shelters which use an animal fat candle to keep themselves warm over the winter ( not that summers are all that warm way the hell gone and up in the Arctic Circle, but to an Eskimo I imagine they are all shirtless and grabbing ass and having a wonderful time sunbathing ).  Here at our Food Bank which offers homeless services like showers ( Sweet Baby Jesus those things are a foul creature to behold at the end of the day ) and washing machines to the bums ( Homeless is now the accepted term, as Domestic Shelter Challenged didn’t catch on ), we used to offer the tent dwellers a heat candle for the worst of the winter temps.  The church folk  got together with tuna/cat cans and wind cardboard strips inside, holes facing up, pouring melted wax over the wax to fill the can and placed a few wicks on top.  The bums hated those.

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The candles smoked and deposited soot all over the guys  possessions.  Not that they had all that great of possessions, but to a guy with nothing to his name, a torn backpack and a fecal stained pair of skivvies is important.  The candles threw out a lot of heat but otherwise were a mess.  Then, the groups appointed Einstein got rip roaring drunk one night ( the preferred method of staying warm ) and caught himself on fire with the heat candle.  Turned into a friggin Roman Candle, and that was the very last heat candle we ever gave out.  Well, to wrap this up in the appointed word count, the other day I’m talking to one of the nicer guys, bathes regular and everything, and he is telling me how he got through last winter without Maddog 20/20.  Most homeless, being lazy pigs with a wicked sense of entitlement, just leave all their gear laying around as they go hop a train and go beg another shelter for services in another city.  This guy went around and got all the spare sleeping bags and made an igloo for himself.  His four-man pole tent has a layer of ( zipped open ) sleeping bags on the inside hanging from the poles lining each wall and the ceiling.  He did another layer on the outside, then covered it all with a tarp to keep the snow/rain off.  When he comes home at night he runs a little propane heater for two hours ( one disposable tank lasts him a week ) to take off the chill, then lights a candle in his fire pit to keep the heat at 40-50 all night long.  And this was a winter with long stretches under zero degrees.  Cool, yes?

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12 comments:

  1. Good post. Real world survival techniques. Staying warm is all about creating dead air space between you and the outside.

    And this is the problem with yuppie survivalist. They want to keep their 8,000 sq. ft. mansion warm. They think they can live through TEOTWAWKI in the manner they have become accustom to.

    Facing a power outages in winter? Drain your water lines and use blankets (or sleeping bags) to block off a small room. Then you just have to worry about keeping a small area warm.

    Invest in some Carbon monoxide alarms and you are all set.

    Idaho Homesteader

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  2. Insulation does the trick, doesn't it? He's smarter, or more sober, than the average urban camper.

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    1. He seems to be a guy you'd want to sit around and drink coffee and BS with.

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  3. you're secret admirer


    Candle Powered Heater on Youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oa7ifmHm4U

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  4. I wonder if the tent would be as warm if he had placed all the sleeping bags on the outside of the tent under the tarp.

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  5. Very cool. Great advice from people who already live under SHTF conditions.

    The vapor barrier (surface where warm and cold meet) should be kept outside the insulation, preventing condensation. Picture a cold drink on a hot day - the condensation is on surface. If only one tarp were on top, the condensation would get the sleeping bags wet. Two tarps would be better, preferable separated from contact from each other.

    Also, careful bringing gas heat source under air tight structures - might wake up dead due to low oxygen.

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    1. I'd have an intake PVC pipe for air, myself. Not sure what he does.

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  6. Not all homeless are crasy.around here we have one that is a vagrnt by choice.He uses a tarp tent in the summer but stores a sleeping bag at a friends till winter.A likable fellow in cold weather he sleeps in friends sheds and uses an artic bag.Baths in the lake and plays a decent guitar if you have a gathering.Hell to people that treat him nice he always speaks and offers to help if your doing something.He makes his own way and bothers no one.

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    1. Only about 5% here are truely crazy- it is a lifestyle choice.

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  7. If I do guest posts, can they have photos?

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  8. The homeless might study Mike Oehler's solar greenhouse and build a similar but much smaller solar heated shelter. The cold sink makes all the difference. The floor of the eskimo house is four feet higher than the entry tunnel.

    http://jamesmdakin.blogspot.com/2013/08/go-east.html

    http://www.undergroundhousing.com/greenhouse_book.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hV8Teiskfo

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