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Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:52 am
by dianefairhall
Where are you, Margaid? We don't have gas or mains drainage, either. We had a gas (Calor) hob when we moved in but we don't like them so had it replaced. So in a power cut we don't have a cooker. Must attend to that. SSE are usually very good at fixing power cuts quickly.

I hope your cats are healing nicely. I'd thought of a microchip flap but we don't get bothered by other cats so it's just a basic huge one to accommodate our George who's a bit of a bruiser. They don't find the weather conducive to going out but have to for ablutions.

I've been really impressed by the Eglu - we were worried it might blow away but so far so good. The girls shelter in the shrubbery during the day and don't seem fazed at all.

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:17 am
by Hen-Gen
It’s often the case that us country folk have no main services. Here we do have electricity and water but gas is bottled. Most folk have at least two and sometimes three ways of using energy ie coal, bottled gas and electricity.
I’m OK for heating and cooking but need to do something about lighting. One gas lantern and sundry torches are no good.
Has anyone used these lithium power packs that are rechargeable but give hours of power in the event of a power cut? I have a generator but it has to be under cover and belches out toxic fumes. Pretty useless really.
Power cut yesterday for 5 hours. We live with it. But cuts in the Spring when I’m rearing chicks are another matter. Hence the question re lithium power packs.
Hens are inside virtually all the time this time of year. Recently installed my electric hen feeder. Solar panel is useless but battery lasts 90 days, allegedly. Hopefully in the Spring when hens are let out it will thwart the starlings. Vermin proof feeders are a joke. The starlings have learnt to sit on the plate en masse and steal all the pellets. I’m beginning to think the hens may have to be fed thrice daily and not have constant access to food.

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:41 am
by LadyA
I too have multiple forms of heat. Oil boiler (which I no longer use, as oil is too expensive), a multifuel boiler stove which heats the house great, but the kitchen, where it actually is, hardly at all! It's designed that way, because the house is well insulated, and even using the slow cooker makes the kitchen warm up! The stove is a "back boiler" model, as the open fire that was there had a back boiler, so the stove is inserted into the fireplace, connected to the boiler pipes that were already there. Then I also have overhead electric heat panels, which are quite efficient. I've always cooked on bottled gas. It's very economical, and when we first moved here, every time the wind blew, the power went off! But the electricity company did a huge upgrade years ago, so it's rare for the power to go these days. I do have a gas lantern and always keep lots of candles on hand. The biggest issue would be water, because I'm on a well, and of course, the pump won't work if the power is off. Generally, I keep a couple of 5 litre bottles of water on hand over the Winter, and I have 600L of rainwater stored outside which can be used for flushing the loo.

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:27 pm
by Margaid
dianefairhall wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:52 am
Where are you, Margaid? We don't have gas or mains drainage, either. We had a gas (Calor) hob when we moved in but we don't like them so had it replaced. So in a power cut we don't have a cooker. Must attend to that. SSE are usually very good at fixing power cuts quickly.

I hope your cats are healing nicely. I'd thought of a microchip flap but we don't get bothered by other cats so it's just a basic huge one to accommodate our George who's a bit of a bruiser. They don't find the weather conducive to going out but have to for ablutions.

I've been really impressed by the Eglu - we were worried it might blow away but so far so good. The girls shelter in the shrubbery during the day and don't seem fazed at all.
Half a mile east of the A49 at Craven Arms in Shropshire. Not exactly in the middle of nowhere! The gas and drainage infrastructure stop at the last of the "town" houses about 300 yards away but the other side of the river.

I'm not really bothered - we had no gas or drainage where I used to live and the water came from an Artesian borehole so we used Calor gas for heating as we didn't want to risk contaminating the water supply by any oil spillage. Not all groundwater is drinkable but ours was fanatastic - I had to fit a big under-sink filter here as the chlorine could be tasted in coffee!

The "Poultry Palace" is a super design of wooden house - the plans are in a book called Poultry House Construction. If I ever get back into poultry keeping I'll make one using the recycled boards that Solway use to reduce the red-mite problem. Glad your chooks are all safe.

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:29 pm
by dianefairhall
We use these "candles" in power cuts, you just have to remember to keep them charged. Ours aren't these, we've had ours about 10 years but it will give you some idea. They change from the mains.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Flameless-Ca ... 871&sr=8-8

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:42 pm
by Margaid
I have a couple of LED "lantern" torches, other torches and an oil lamp. To say nothing of dozens of tealights if I need them. As log as I have light to read I'm perfectly happy!

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:33 am
by LadyA
dianefairhall wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:29 pm
We use these "candles" in power cuts, you just have to remember to keep them charged. Ours aren't these, we've had ours about 10 years but it will give you some idea. They change from the mains.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Flameless-Ca ... 871&sr=8-8
Those are a great idea! I have several battery operated candles here too, but they aren't rechargeable. Although, I use rechargeable batteries in them. They take AA batteries.

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:00 pm
by bigyetiman
We have a couple of Edwardian oil lamps from OH's great grandparents, much treasured and kept beautifully polished. They do throw out a lovely warm glow and quite comfortable for reading.
We also have some rechargeable lamps as well

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:11 pm
by dianefairhall
Ah, Craven Arms! Never been, but where we used to live in Yorkshire there was a pub called the Craven Arms and whenever I googled it to see the current menu I used to get Craven Arms in Shropshire come up. I wondered how it got its name. Is there a pub there?

Re: Batten down the hatches

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:28 pm
by Margaid
Yes, The Craven Arms! and the Stokesay Inn. Apparently the Lords Craven owned Stokesay Castle which is nearby and the pub and so the town was named after them. It was just two small hamlets/villages Newton and Newington (or new Inn). It was the building of the railway station which made it a railway junction (and cattle market) that caused the growth of Craven Arms so very few buildings before mid 19th century except for the Newton and Newington areas of the town.