Reply to "Winter Readiness"

We're starting to get into the see-saw portion of the year, with long freeze periods followed by temperate thaws and melt, so it's either snow/ice/crunchy ground or mud until about April.   We started the woodstove in November this year, it will burn continuously with only clean-out periods until late April as well.   So all is well.    Plenty of food and water until spring, even if we got snowed in to then.    Once we get into this weather, everyone in the house (people and critters) all pile up and keep each other warm.  

Diesel plugged up to block heater on the cold days now, got everything all loaded up in the truck, gear, chains, etc.   Extra gloves and hats in both vehicles.    Stopped by the farmer's coop and got new shoes on Subaru, tried some Toyos on the recommendation of the staff there, we'll see how they go.   Goal this year is to stay out of the ditch, easier said than done on a 90 minute commute through the mountains on the twistys.

Couple questions:

If power isn't available for diesel block heaters in the winter, what do you guys do to start diesels in extreme temps?   A small generator would work, of course.    A propane heater under the truck would probably help, I know my buddy has used some sort of pan and a straw/gelled alcohol product they sell in Alaska for cold starts.   Cycling glow plugs a few times.   Any other tips?

I need some decent cables/chains for a 2005 Subaru Forester, any brands I should look at?

 

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