Staying Warm Without Power

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- With power outages across the Valley and more winter weather on the way, make sure you have other ways to keep warm when temperatures fall below freezing again.

Sunday night, power lines were dripping with icicles and they could freeze again.

If you do lose electricity, you will need to find another way to keep warm.

Larry Parlee, the owner of Acme Stove and Fireplace Center in Harrisonburg, said both wood and gas stoves will work when power is out.

He also said there are artificial logs and chips you can use, but most people use wood they get from outside.

"Everybody says they have good wood, if you take a locust, hickory, chestnut, or oak is a hardwood, but it needs to be covered. When you have wood that has water in it, it's no different that dumping a bucket of water on your fire," said Parlee.

Parlee said it's a misconception that the flames in the wood-stove cause house fires.

"The majority of people probably use wood. They need to be very careful with a wood stove with the flue just sticking it out the window or into a chimney that isn't cleaned," said Parlee

He said soot can build up in the flue, the way the smoke gets out of the house, and it is that soot that can catch on fire.


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