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Prepared for this Winter

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Prepared for this Winter

There's lots of country folk lore signs of a tough winter.
In preparation for this winter I've obtained:

  • A petrol generator

  • 220 Amp/Hours of leisure lead acid batteries + inverter

  • Fuel containers filled with petrol

  • 20 litres of drinking water

  • One tonne of smokeless coal

  • 50 litres of diesel for our 4x4

  • 20 kg of bread flour

  • 20 kg of rice

  • 20 litres worth of skimmed milk powder

  • spare bulbs/batteries

  • Winter tyres for the 4x4

  • 50 Kg of road salt

  • One month's dog food


The dogs should be worried as I've not bought any extra meat for the freezer  Wink
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

Your nickname isn't PluscomUK is it? lol
I think he mentioned having generators and all sorts of other supplies?
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

Your dog's be even more worried if you download the recipes from here.
http://www.cookyourpet.com/frames_intro.htm
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

I am considering buying a UPS, I think will be blackouts.
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

Quote from: AlaricAdair
There's lots of country folk lore signs of a tough winter.
In preparation for this winter I've obtained:


  • 20 litres of drinking water

  • 20 kg of bread flour

  • 20 kg of rice

  • 20 litres worth of skimmed milk powder



You will need way more Drinking Water than that, that's only 10x 2 litre bottles !!
Add a portable Gas Stove, and 2 tin openers !!
And plenty of tinned food.
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Your nickname isn't PluscomUK is it? lol
I think he mentioned having generators and all sorts of other supplies?

I did.
Somewhere !!
Here's one example thread I found, there are others !!
http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,120240.msg1054970.html#msg1054970
http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,120240.0.html

To which AA also contributed !
I have been Snowbound for several weeks when I lived in Norfolk.
We keep a few weeks supply of non perishable food on standby, tinned & dry.
Plus AA battery powered chargers for the Mobiles, and a Battery powered 12v PSU for the Plusnet Router.... giving 8 hours RT, same as my hudl RT
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

well they were saying something about blackouts on t he news last night but it seems like some half assed scaremongering cobbled into a "good news" story about how some international company has created an off grid backup supply system for itself but that they wont be initializing said off grid supply system until after the blackout starts ....

@aa
how long will 220 Ah batteries realistically last ? or is it a stopgap measure until the genie kicks in ?
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

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Quote from: AlaricAdair
There's lots of country folk lore signs of a tough winter.
In preparation for this winter I've obtained:


  • 20 litres of drinking water

  • 20 kg of bread flour

  • 20 kg of rice

  • 20 litres worth of skimmed milk powder



You will need way more Drinking Water than that, that's only 10x 2 litre bottles !!

We have plastic boxes, that each hold 12 x 2 litre bottles, which are either filled with tap water, or out of date bottled water, purely for Self Washing purposes, 48 litres atm, which we add to as more bottles become empty.
Similarly, two boxes with drinking water, again 48 litres total, which we increase as Winter approaches, all kept in a Garage adjacent to the property.
As they go out of date, they are added to the above containers.
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

Quote from: AlaricAdair
There's lots of country folk lore signs of a tough winter.
In preparation for this winter I've obtained:

  • A petrol generator

  • 220 Amp/Hours of leisure lead acid batteries + inverter

  • Fuel containers filled with petrol

  • 20 litres of drinking water

  • One tonne of smokeless coal

  • 50 litres of diesel for our 4x4

  • 20 kg of bread flour

  • 20 kg of rice

  • 20 litres worth of skimmed milk powder

  • spare bulbs/batteries

  • Winter tyres for the 4x4

  • 50 Kg of road salt

  • One month's dog food


The dogs should be worried as I've not bought any extra meat for the freezer  Wink
Any applicants for a room at Adair Towers?
Fuel containers filled with petrol ? 50Lt  Diesel, batteries, you will have a  grand bonfire night if that lot goes up !
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Is there a legal limit to the amount of petrol or diesel you can store on private premises ?
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

Quote from: AlaricAdair

There's lots of country folk lore signs of a tough winter.



And ...... would you care to enlighten us "townies" with the "top ten"..... ?
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Is there a legal limit to the amount of petrol or diesel you can store on private premises ?

yes and they vary from council to council, if you have a properly bunded storage facility then the limit changes but in general your allowed either 2 x 10 ltr cans of fuel in your garage or 1 20ltr can and 1 10ltr can  of petrol
however if your a H&S compliant facility with properly bunded and ventilated external storage unit your limits are different but the storage containers have to be UN approved 20ltr packed fuel cans and the area has to be properly signed and subject to regular inspections.
the original legislation was the Petroleum Spirit (Motor Vehicles &c) Regulations, 1929 which were updated in the 80's, but many councils have tighter regulations issued via trading standards
here's a link to Wiltshire's page on it http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/publicprotection/petrolstorageatdomesticpremises.htm most councils have similar info available
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

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@aa
how long will 220 Ah batteries realistically last ? or is it a stopgap measure until the genie kicks in ?


The Lead acid batteries are for driving inverter for computers, LAN, WiFi etc will be recharged from Genny. also have some 12 LED lights.
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50 Litres is purely Drinking - I have a river at the bottom of the orchard
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

This topic reminded me of this:
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The Indians asked their Chief in Autumn if the Winter was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the Winter was going to be cold with lots of snow and that the members of the village were to collect wood to be prepared. Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is this winter to be cold?" The man on the phone responded, "This Winter is going to be quite cold indeed." So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again, "Is it going to be a very cold winter?" "Yes", the man replied, "it's going to be a very cold Winter." So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find. Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again: "Are you absolutely sure that the Winter is going to be very cold?" "Absolutely," the man replies, "the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!"
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

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Smiley
Is there a legal limit to the amount of petrol or diesel you can store on private premises ?

There is, but the fuel is  not stored in the building.
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

Best place to keep it is the fallout shelter.
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Re: Prepared for this Winter

Who blabbed about the fallout shelter?
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