I did it! After 10 years of wanting this gizmo, I finally treated myself to it! Y.E.S. !!! It is a deceptively simple gizmo and costs about $15.00 bucks. What could it be, you ask? It is called a “LifeHammer.” Here’s a picture:
“Uh, Hunt…? Not exactly a Tiffany diamond, is it?”
Well, it is true a diamond cuts glass, but how long have you got when you need to break a car window or cut a safety belt? This little gizmo is easily mounted within hand reach in your car. What’s the big deal, Hunt? Glad you asked ’cause I am going to tell you.
I live in Washington State, in the western part, surrounded by bodies of water we traverse each and every day via bridges. Washington State is directly behind California for the potential of earthquakes, we have five active volcanoes, we get sudden snow storms that nobody knows how to drive in…, plus it rains a lot here, maybe you’ve heard? Coming from southern California, I was used to the Pacific, but you looked at it, you didn’t drive over it. Shiver. What if…. I got to Washington and my safety sensitivities went into overdrive. What if the bridge collapsed as I was on it, sending me into the water – the idea of drowning in a car fills me with horror. Never mind the fact the fall might kill me. What if it didn’t?! LifeHammer has two purposes: break glass and cut safety belts. SOLD!
You ever had the power go out? I am not talking a few hours, I am talking for six days. I have. It was so cold in my house, I took time off work because I didn’t think my dog and cat would stay warm without supervision. It didn’t take six days to convince me that I would never, ever go through that again – it is dispiriting, disheartening, and damn cold without power. I learned that my needs are pretty simple. I want hot coffee, light and heat. Food could wait; but the coffee was essential – I heated water using six votive candles in a small cake pan, put a little rack over those, put a pot of water on and used a french press. I take my coffee black, so I was good! It worked equally well for heating soup, etc. But… the loss of heat and light. Nope. Never again.
Two years ago, I treated myself to this nifty R2D2 lookalike. The DuraHeat Model DH2304:
“Uh, Hunt? Maybe you have been spending too much time alone…?” Oh, stop!
This DuraHeat Model: DH2304 uses kerosene, puts on 23,000 BTUs (yeah, baby! …what’s a BTU? – who cares? It works!). The product description is as follows:
The DuraHeat 23,000 BTU Portable Kerosene Heater can help you reduce your total home heating costs as well as provide warmth to those hard-to-heat areas up to 1,000 sq. ft. The heat output is adjustable with a simple dial control and an auto-shutoff feature is built in for your safety. This heater operates without electricity and offers an excellent source of emergency heat and light during power outages.
Heat output up to 23,000 BTU/hour
Up to 1,000 sq. ft. heated area
Runs off economical kerosene
Insta-lite electronic ignition requires no electricity
Safety tip-over shut-off feature
Fuel gauge lets you keep track of kerosene supply
Dial control for variable heat output
Portable, can be positioned where needed
I did a lot of research before buying this wonderful thing. I have had the pleasure of testing it and it works a treat! Note: I use it on the brick in front of my fireplace for safety’s sake. It does a better and faster job of heating my home than my regular heating does! One word of caution: do some shopping around for this item as the prices vary. I got mine for about $139, plus I bought a good supply of Kerosene, which I keep out on my apartment patio.
DuraHeat Model: DH 2304 ~ http://www.homedepot.com/p/DuraHeat-23-000-BTU-Kerosene-Portable-Heater-DH2304/100045793
P.S.: Yes, I also got a propane cooking stove for emergency patio cooking – never unpacked it. Also, five cans of 3 lb. coffee – Folgers. Told you I had simple tastes….
P.P.S. – y’all did get your supplies of water and food, right? Right?!