best way to keep warm

Submitted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:25
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can any one tell me how to keep warm this winter im looking at the new colman heaters but there gas and only last around 6hrs we have a jayco hawk and a freind of mine was camping out boohna way 3 years ago when a family died of gassing when there heater went out we stay in non power sites and any ideas would be grate
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:30

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:30
Go North :)))))))))
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:37

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:37
Go North :) Gramps, not to sure that is a good idea.Ipswich -3 this morning & Brisneyland 5 tomorrow.The weather people say we will have dry winter & colder than normal cheer's Bob.:)-<
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:57

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:57
A young blonde!!!! :)))))))))
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:07

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:07
Bob,
Bugga ! Looks like a lot further North then. We're expecting <4 tomorrow and similar for the next week or so.

Michael,
Hahahahahahaha but that's probably a damn expensive option.
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:17

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:17
ER.. Some old blondes are pretty warm too!


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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 07:45

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 07:45
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Reply By: Member - TPM (SA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:38

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:38
Horizontal folk dancing with someone good looking works well !

Have a look at the Cobb cookers you can cook and heat an area in one hit. They run on BBQ heat beads so very little smoke and light weight fuel. Not sure how instant the heat is though. But brings you back to the good looker again.

Type in Cobb in forum search , there has been alot mentioned about them lately.

Cheers TPM
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 06:17

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 06:17
so the heat beads don't give off fumes that are nasty on the nose or the lungs?
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 07:48

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 07:48
We use our Cobb for heating. Once it is going there are no fumes, just the same carbon monoxide issues with any form of combustion heating.

Ours heats our Jayco Dove up just nicely.

We also have one off those gas heaters that screw on top of a bottle. Does an excellent job.

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Reply By: Hairy - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:08

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:08
New gas heaters have safety features like the gas stops if the pilot light goes out, oxygen levels get low or they fall over. I personaly cant understand why anyone would want to take a heater camping, what do you do in summer, take a portable air conditioner?
Wear some warm clothes and put more blankets in your swag.
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Reply By: disco driver - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:23

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:23
Hi Gdad
If you are just worried about being cold in bed, might I suggest the very old fashioned but very effective "Hot Water Bottle".

The idea of having gas or kerosine heaters in a caravan is definitely not a good one, there are too many things to go wrong.

Layered clothing, hats or beanies, thermal underwear all help keep out the cold.

Good company and a red or a port or two (or more) around the campfire will take your mind off the cold too.

Happy Camping

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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:49

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:49
Yep yep Yep, Thats our favourite too.........and with the purchase of the coleman hot water on demand its oh so easy :)
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:48

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:48
You just cannot beat a camp fire to keep warm.

If the Park, or Campsite does not have/allow them, look elsewhere.

You sit around the fire talking and drinking and poking (the fire) and well...doing what camping is all about. Then when it's time to go to bed, you are already toasty warm from the fire and 30 seconds or so under the blanket(s) and your body heat should have warmed the bed up.

Works for us!
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 20:09

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 20:09
bluddy oath sand man, with you there mate.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:29

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:29
Trouble with a camp fire is that it only warms one side of you, the other still freezes (unless you act like a rotissary). Even so, they are one of life's little pleasures.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 06:27

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 06:27
Agree with you Sandman, get into bed warm and you are half way there. The doona over the top and then if you need it a jumper over the feet. In a powered site though we found a cheap fan heater works wonders too and no condensation under the roof.

Half the problem with the population is they live in centrally heated houses and offices and don't know when they are better off. I was in houses with chicken wire windows part of my life and that was a good tutor. Sooner they get used to wearing an extra jumper occasionally and a hat(or beanie) the better I reckon
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Follow Up By: Muddy doe (SA) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:00

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:00
Footloose,

You just HAVE to try a Cockle Warmer next time your butt is freezing by the fire as you try to keep the skin being scorched off your knees!

Take your long handled shovel (mandatory 4wd equipment! of course) and scoop about half a shovel of coals and place them under your chair. If it is really cold you may need a top up after the initial load warms the ground under you. This works fantastic with the canvas sling fold up chairs that are so popular these days.

You get a nice heat that rises up your back and is guaranteed to keep you cosy.

The baest part is when you get up in the morning after everyone has toddled off to bed. You have a big pile of ashes in the middle and a circle of smaller piles of ashes. Can look like the aftermath of devil worship!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:38

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:38
In bed a rubber backed camp blanket - rubber side up - on top of your bedding prevents the cold coming down onto the bed - we do this in our camper trailer as well as one of those egg shell mattress thingys over the mattress - warm as toast - we also have a woollen doona - snug as a bug in a rug - wish I was there now!!!
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Reply By: maroni - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 20:25

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 20:25
we stayed in our camper last year in dubbo minus six and snug as...one of those egg crate mattress on top on mattress and fleecy wheets with doona , no probs at all...
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:32

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:32
Wear a beanie (most of your body warmth is lost through the head.) And wear socks to bed, and a good pair of gloves. (not recommended if you take the blonde track :)
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 18:48

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 18:48
Gee, I would look really good.

A beanie on the head
Socks on the feet
gloves on the hands

and everywhere else....completely starkers!

I don't own pajamas. Can't stand the feel of clothes on whilst in bed.
When modesty prevails, I have been known to wear a pair of jocks.
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Reply By: revhead307 - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:39

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:39
a large plastic bag and a naked woman.

Tho im not sure what u do with the plastic bag...

hmm (deep in thought...

Rev
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 08:05

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 08:05
Edge play? :)
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Reply By: Robin - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 08:08

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 08:08
Hi Gdad

The coleman heaters don't put out much heat anyway - you'll get a lot more by putting a toaster over a single burner stove and warming off the red-hot steel mesh. Using a gas cartrige or shellite type stoves they usually run out this way in a couple of hours , which i sort of think is a good idea anyway.
Works well when you can't have a fire.

Apart from the correct clothing practise I think as diso said, that hot water bottle really makes a difference over a long time.

We are often down at the local motocross track before sunup , and take one even then , just to sit on your lap and warm the hands while waiting for things to be organized. Also provides some comfort when the inevitable injuriers occur.

Robin Miller
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 08:32

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 08:32
We take hot water bottles with us now, easy to fill with a kettle and makes a hell if a difference to the comfort of your sleeping bag. We all have minus 5 bags and is cold enough sometimes to need a bit of extra wamth. We just reuse the water and reheat for the next night, no waste, Michael
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 09:08

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 09:08
Gooday,
One thing I have found, I used to use normal woolen sox but they sometimes got too hot on my feet. Bought thermal microfibre sox at Base Camp or similar supplier & they are just the greatest, use them all through winter in Apart in Bne, & when we go away in the caravan are just fabulous.
Cheers,
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Reply By: Rocky_QLD - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:54

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:54
Campfire by far the best with all the trimming a few reds etc but ........ wait for it
Do it nude this way the warmth gets in and doesnt just heat up your jeans. We did this between Bedourie & Birdsville at -3
Priceless
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:58

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:58
hahahahaha that's a fine line between frostbite and incineration LOL
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Reply By: Alan H (Narangba QLD) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 18:47

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 18:47
When bushwalking I used to stay warm by clothing. (layers are the key)

Thermal underwear works fantastic and is relatively cheap. Also use closed cell foam not air beds as air is a very poor insulator.

There is also the addage about keep your feet and head warm and you will be warm.

A good sleeping bag with a hood helps if you are talking very cold. I have slept in a down bag on top of closed cell foam and covered in snow to keep the temperature to about zero which is easy to stay warm in.

Wind chill and minus temperatures are a different and can be deadly game.
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 18:55

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 18:55
Warm some rocks next to the fire and carry them into the tent on an old roasting dish, putting the dish on a piece of wood under your camp stretcher. The radiant heat from the rocks will heat your bed and the caravan without any toxic fumes.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:16

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:16
Take one of the rocks that that's been near the fire all night and wrap it newspaper and then a towel, put it inside your sleeping back.

It puts out lots more heat than a sleeping bag.

Mike
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Reply By: eerfree - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:29

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:29
Rocky
And someone said it was the Min-Min light that they spotted on that night, now we all know what it was.

eerfree
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Reply By: froomey - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 00:17

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 00:17
gdad

this sounds silly but true, the less clothing you where to bed with a good sleeping bag , the warmer you are.
try it before you knock it, you'll be glad you did

froomey
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Reply By: Travellers - Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 21:40

Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 21:40
Have you considered a 12v electric blanket? Approx $40.
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