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Half Term 23 Car Travel Thread

 Poster: A snowHead
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There was a major, and very well forecast, blizzard in the Glasgow area some years ago and there were heartrending reports of a woman who had been stuck in her car for hours with a very hungry baby. When I suggested on Snowheads that she was stupid and that such complete lack of forethought almost amounted to child neglect I was berated on all sides for being unkind.

I do have chocolate in the car, but it's very cheap and nasty, and in the bottom of a bag with extra warm clothes - so I'd only eat in an emergency which went on for at least 90 minutes.......
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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Love the idea that bars of chocolate for emergency rations won’t be there when needed, but dog food will be fine. Now where is the can opener?
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
The father of my university roommate broke down on the side of highway in Maine in a blizzard. Snow plows couldn't see him in the storm and buried his car. I think the story was that he had tea light candles but not enough. They found him Christmas morning. Brutal.
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Isn't that just urban myth, the tea candle thing ?

From the Internet "Each Tea candle weighs 8.5 grams (0.3 ounces). Assuming it is Wax/paraffin – 18,621 BTU / 0.45 kg or 450 grams (1 pound). Assuming it burns for 2 hours, it will produce same heat as produced by 50W bulb.

One Tea candle = 352 BTU approx.

1 BTU = 1054 Joules.

1 Hp = 0.7063 BTU /sec.= 745 Watts = 745 Joules / sec.

Energy in paraffin = 49 KJ/grams

Paraffin in Tea Light = 17 grams

If assuming Burn Time = 5 hours

1 watt hour = 0.278 KJ

Total = 49 x 17/5= 166KJ/H = 46.3 watt/hour

One candle can raise the temperature of the room ~1 degree F"


"If a candle produces 100 BTU, and you need 20 BTU/sq ft to heat a room, then 1 candle would heat a 5 sq ft room. So, 0.2 candle/sq ft. Therefore, based on these assumptions, you would want approximately 29 candles for a 12'x12' room. You should consider the multiple risks involved in this approach."

Surely you'd have to consider breathing the carbon monoxide, burnt parrafinic wax heavy air in this "survival" equation Toofy Grin looks like bullocks to me, and with potential for significant downside too Shocked

At least you'll have to open the windows or similar at some point to avoid risk, and so letting out your accumulated heat.

Decent blanket, coat etc, looks far more realistic in conservation of body temperature.

Surely it cant be replacement for sensible journey planning approach, can it ?
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Surely it cant be replacement for sensible journey planning approach, can it ?

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