How to heat the squatt?

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Greeting! Many sorry, if I post on the wrong board.
How to heat the squatt??? It is winter o'ready, and even though it's warmer inside than outside (we have very few holes in the building), it's still uncomfortable because of cold, not even speaking about how it feels without jackets on! How to heat the squatt though?
  • Big fire ain't an option (ex. campfire, burn barrel), 'cause the smoke will either expose our squat (unfortunately it's in the middle of the city, and in Finland abandoned houses get dismantled by the government REALLY easily), or, if we try to keep it inside more or less, kill our lungs.
  • Heater is 50/50 option, 'cause to get electricity we need to steal it from the electric grid, which is possible, but also exposing us (especially if we use that option a lot). I've tried to use it once, but it didn't heat the room well.
  • Chemical reactions???? No idea about this one, sound VERY expensive & complicated
  • Candels, "heat catchers", etc.: works 50/50 like SHIT. maybe there is a way to use "small fire" more effective?
  • huh??
You have any ideas, friends?
Many thanks in advance.
 

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Would kerosene or some other gas be an option?

I remember going into a few abandos in Philly that obviously had people living upstairs. Glad I never ran into any of those people.

That actually sounds like it‘d be a good thread topic.

Anyway, I digress. Best of luck to you and keep us posted.

love,
barf
 

MichelleA66

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Propane heater? There are many different types and would be easy to heat up a room or two, depending on the size.

Yes, a propane Buddy Heater. If you could get a 20 pound (9+ kg) propane tank, it will keep you warm for quite some time if used sparingly. If they get tipped or knocked over, they have a nice safety feature that shuts it off immediately to prevent a fire.
 
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Don't try to heat the squat - try to stay comfortable enough to sleep. I think the technique is called "hot tent" on youtube but basically you setup a tent in your space and cover it in blankets. You should find a flower-pot heat catcher effective in this small space.
 

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Ive squatted in philly in the winter, among other places. Definitely cover all openings with fabric, carpet etc to isolate smaller areas is a good idea- the "tent" method above works great, can use tarps/vinyl sheeting cut and stapled to fit. Propane heaters are good, 2nd on the lil buddy style/catalytic heaters as they dont need venting so will not kill you with the offgas, but you have to source propane- or pirate, same as electricity. A small woodstove with a tall enough stack (run through a window opening) will emit very little to no smoke after initial firing if wood is dry, such as pallet pieces. Candles are last resort as you have discovered but as a low budget heat/light source. Its crucial you seal up the area (see above) and safety risk is increased with an open flame and flammable materials like most sleeping gear. Ive found a steady mix of dance tunes will keep me warm and upbeat even in the darkest days, just need speakers ha ha.
 

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