reply to post by Fylgje
Here's some ideas now that you've been through that.
First: stop depending on propane. If a disaster worse than what y'all went through were to hit, you might not get access to it again.
Plan ahead. At the least purchase a cheap charcol grill, bags of charcol and some charcol lighter fluid. At the most, build a brick oven outside or
some means to actually use fire. As long as you tend the fire, it shouldn't get out of hand. Just use common sense, even if it's not rained for
weeks. I live smack in the woods down here in SC and we do fires all the time even when everything is dry as a bone.
Depending on the propane is not a good idea.
Heat: this is the tough one, and as everyone has said, most of us are very spoiled by the use of air conditioning. However, as it's been pointed out,
our grandparents, their parents and so forth going back dealt with the heat just fine.
Take a look at your house and areas around it. How much sun is it getting during the summer days? Think of planting fast growing shade trees to help
keep it mostly in the shade during the day. Power companies will tell you to do this anyways to help cut down the cost of your electric bill during
Porches and window awnings are also great ways to cut back on the sun light beating down on the house.
What color is your house? Lighter colors reflect sunlight where darker colors absorb the heat more (and can conduct it into the house).
Look at your windows too. Are the positioned well enough to provide cross breezes? Any wind will help.
Attic exhaust fans can help to (but use electricity of course).
However, there are days that are just brutal and nothing helps really. Being used to the heat (IE your job has you outside all the time, or you spend
your time outside all the time) helps. All that fancy electronics that we have (TV, Computer, xbox, etc) don't like the heat and is another reason AC
has become essential.
Now, I know it was a relief when the power came on and the AC was working. But 8 days is a long time too. Ask yourself: How were you dealing with the
heat on day 2 as compared to day 8?
I'll bet you'll find that it didn't bother you as much (it most like still bothered you, but you were starting to get used to it).
Oh, and the coffee: I had a friend that was going frantic with no power. She couldn't get coffee made, and no where to buy coffee. I told her to use
a pot on the grill.
No coffee pot (the old perculators).
I sighed and told her to just use an old pot and boil the water on the grill and add the grounds to it. Strain it through a filter to her cup.
No grounds! I only use whole beans and no way to grind it now!
I felt like smacking her. Instead I told her: put the beans in a zip lock baggy, lay it on the counter top, and use a rolling pin on the beans.