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Topic: Emergency! (15 msgs / 391 lines)
1) From: Lynne
Was up, not feeling terrific, during the night, so I slept a bit longer than
usual. Took care of the dogs, then headed back to bed... a bit different
than my usual routine. Was enjoying my rest, when I heard the door bell. The
electric co. rep was at the door (no, I didn't neglect to pay my bill -
daughter asked me that! :>) - they were getting ready to do some work, & the
power was going to be out for a couple of hours.
*"Noooooooooooo!"* was my reply.
*"Yeeeeeeeeeees!"* was the rep's reply.. (he had a sense of humor)
THIS was a true emergency - run in the kitchen, fill my Faberware electric
pot (thank GOD I have that - heats water fast), fill my coffee grinder up
(double the usual amount - desperate times call for desperate measures!),
grind...
... and just when I was finished grinding (or close to it), the power went
out.
My thanks to whoever it was that mentioned insulating the French Press with
a towel - the water wasn't fully heated (pretty close, though) & my brew
couldn't afford to lose any heat in the process.
Ahhh... pure heaven. Came out wonderful.
Good to know if they ever include individual coffee preparation with a
French Press in the Olympics - I'm a contender!
Lynne (and glad the power's back...)
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2) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
LOL...whenever I am without power I just calmly walk over to my Zass
grind and brew with water heated on my Grill that I use for my RK Drum
(it has a side burner that works great)
But I Love the story gave me a chuckle!
Dennis

3) From: Lynne
I actually considered buying a propane stove (haven't gone camping in years)
*just* for times like this... I have a Zass, but it has a screw loose (ha -
some might say like me..) & I haven't put out the effort to actually find
someplace that sells the European size that would fit. Think it's time...
Lynne
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4) From: Jamie Dolan
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You can find gas generators for $200-$300 that will generate 30 amps.
Far more than enough to run a coffee pot, espresso, etc.  Only real
downside is that you have to run extension cords from the generator
and the generators are loud.  It ran for a long time on one tank of
gas.
Going into storm season here in the midwest, I am glad I have a
generator out in the garage that I can fire up at will and use for
everything from my kitchen appliances to my computers.  We had power
out for about 12 hours last summer and the generator was a champ.  We
lost power due to a lighting strike to the transformer on the pole.
Luckly my espresso machine was fine.  The only thing that was damaged
was my $1000 digital flat top oven, all the electronics in it were
fried and had to be replaced.
Jamie
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5) From: Lynne
Ha! I don't think so... I'm in an apartment in a city - besides, for a few
hrs
blackout, think that would be a bit of overkill.
Was thinking more in the line of a $30 - $40 stove. Just to heat the water
for coffee. I'd use it, two, maybe three times a year.
Heck, maybe I'll return that huge camping light I bought just for the power
outages (they are actually working to fix a long-term problem) & just get
a propane stove. I can do without light - but *coffee....
*Lynne*
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6) From: Steven Van Dyke
Lynne,
Now you know why I invested in a little MSR stove (just Google MSR Stove).
Actually I have several different ways to boil water 'off the 
grid'.  Some of them are only suitable for outside use but I've got 
two or three that can be used inside.
I've also got backup roasters I can use over the stove(s).
Ya gotta be prepared for the contingencies!
(reminds me, I need to make sure I've got sufficient water stored up).
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7) From: Lynne
That looks handy - just my size. I remembered - the kind I used to have was
a butane
stove - Amazon has several. I used that when my kids were little, and
finding the
butane canisters back then was nearly impossible - but it worked great. I
have a porch
that would come in handy, just in case, too.
Hopefully I'll get that Zass working again..
Lynne
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8) From: Bob
Lynne,
a simple PC/MAC computer battery backup system would work too ~ 
keep you chatting and sipping. At least for an hour or so. We 
bought extras so the TV & DVR systems don't miss anything.
Bob

9) From: Bryan Wray
Out here in the middle of nowhere and at the "end of the line" (literally, we are one of the last houses on this line) we lose power at least once every other month, and 2 or 3 times a month in the winter, more if it's bad weather.  When we lose power it's normally out for 2 days or so...  If we lose power, no worries, we just flip the breaker in the basement, and walk out into the garage and push the button on the generator.  It's big enough to run our entire house and anything and everything you could want to run with it.  It's also vented to the outside and inside of a noise dampening box.
The funny thing is... within about 10 minutes of the power going out, you can walk outside and hear everybody's generators going at the same time, because everybody on our street has them.
Wow... I do live in SW Michigan don't I...
-Bry
 
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10) From: Paul Helbert
Lynne,
Any good hardware store should be able to match the screw you need. It is
probably a common metric size.  And yes, it has gotten much easier to find
the gas bottles for the little camping stoves. The MSR ones are fine. Even
Coleman, though not as light weight as a backpacker would want, are okay.
Good luck,
-- 
Paul Helbert
So it is written. I read it on the internet It has to be true.
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11) From: sci
Lynne,
The old towel around the FP has been part of my routine for a long time. I
recently had a flash of insight and rigged up another easy insulation trick.
I took an old foam beer can huggie and slipped a small 12oz (3 tasse) FP
beaker into it. A perfect fit. It insulates like magic. It holds a three
minute steep to within one or two degrees for the duration.
I'm not here to one-up you, but I have story to relate. I had just moved to
NC in 1996 to start new job. One month after I got here, Hurricane Fran
demolished the little town where I live (Wake Forest). I lived in a little
"all electric" apartment. Electricity was out for 4 days, longer in some
places. For 4 days, do you want to know how I heated up my water for FP and
tea? I used a little kerosene lamp. I took the glass off the lamp and
perched a tiny pan on top to heat the water. I never got boiling, but I
could still make a weak cup of joe or tea. Yea, deperate times call for
desperate measures. But my Marine buddy told me that sometimes on operations
they'd take a spoonful of instant coffee and just eat it and wash it down
with a swig of water.
How's that for desperate?
Have a splendid day,
Ivan
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 14:51:11 -0400
From: Lynne 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Emergency!
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I actually considered buying a propane stove (haven't gone camping in years)
*just* for times like this... I have a Zass, but it has a screw loose (ha -
some might say like me..) & I haven't put out the effort to actually find
someplace that sells the European size that would fit. Think it's time...
Lynne
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12) From: Coffee
Running a heater or stove on a computer battery backup will probably  
damage the battery.
-Peter
On Mar 31, 2008, at 5:32 PM, Bob wrote:
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13) From: Lynne
Ivan, the towel worked great & I plan on picking up one of those styrofoam
thingys when I can.
Love the ingenuity of this group..
Lynne
(really glad I don't have to deal w/4 day blackouts - our neighborhood had
community meetings because of the occasional several-hours-long ones we used
to experience. 'Used to' - the squeaky wheel got attention, lol.)
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14) From: Lynne
Bryan - combined both your emails in my response to Ivan. Very tired...
We were having power outages rather frequently, but the neighborhood had
meetings, complained to the electric co., our reps in office, and low &
behold, they are working on solving the problem now (instead of the
projected 10 yrs from now, lol)
What that means for me, of course, is that I have less time to worry about
1.) not having coffee, and 2.) not having my computer.
(forget the food in the refrigerator - ha!)
Lynne
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15) From: Larry Johnson
I had a similar experience back in the late '70s - except it was an ice
storm that I knew was going to take out the power (it did - for 70 hours). A
Melitta pour-over, a Krups whirly-blade, a bag of Moch Java blend from the
local specialty coffee shop, and my Stanley stainless steel thermos saved
me. Like you, I had barely enough time; the water had just come to a boil
when the lights went out. I brewed by flashlight and had hot coffee that
night and the next morning.
On 3/31/08, Lynne  wrote:
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-- 
Larry J
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