It’s -13 outside. I was trying to make snow; I poured boiling water in a mister and was spraying it around outside. I think the droplets were too small; what came out looked like white steam and rose quickly out of sight. Bigger droplets were definitely frozen.. Anyway it was inconclusive. I checked the WoodMaster, which needs a lot of attention when it’s this cold, and the controls were dark! After checking switches & breakers, sure enough the power was out.
I can heat with wood or propane, but without power, I have no blowers or pumps, so we’re really screwed with a major outage. There was no weather happening, other than unusual (um, record breaking) cold, so I didn’t think it would be long before the heat came back on. It was about an hour, and the house only lost a degree or two. I had laid out the Mr Buddy heater and the Coleman lantern, figured I’d wait till 50 degrees in the house before lighting a match.
In the plan is a standby generator.