posted on Nov, 18 2015 @ 02:50 AM
a reply to: PapagiorgioCZ
We used carpets for insulation, it makes an enormous difference. Carpets are often thrown out but can be difficult to carry. The best one I found was
a clean deep pile white wool carpet smelling of perfume. I had to cut it in half to carry it. It transformed my winter.
This isn't a very good example but it's the best I could find at short notice.
It looks like they've used sheets, rugs and blankets here. Cotton sheets are highly flammable, especially when warm and dry in a well heated shelter.
Wool is naturally fire resistant.
We also used a thick mat of vegetation on the ground. A layer of twiggy branches allows water to flow in very wet conditions. A layer of rushes or
straw on top of that makes a warm and comfortable mattress. Pallets, such as they are using at the camp, create a breeding space for rats.
Several layers of insulation and tarp make a reasonable sized structure easy to heat in the coldest winters. The shelters being built at the camp are
enormous compared to the shelters some of us here built for ourselves.
A visitor who was here yesterday is taking a van full of socks and other supplies to Calais soon. Encouraging self reliance would be a better option.
I'm inspired to start a 'make your own socks and hats' thread. I'll try to find time to start that thread today.
edit on 18 11 2015 by Kester
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