It is too cold for the heater. My little 1500W heater normally keeps my office quite warm. However, today, it just can’t put out enough heat to combat the 7 to 12 degree cold outside.
I have a portrait session at 2pm so I started the big heater in the studio early. It too was struggling to get things warmed up. This is a bad cold snap and I’ll be happy when temperatures get back to normal.
I don’t mind working in the cold as long as my toes and fingers are warm. However, I don’t want my clients to feel uncomfortable. It makes for a bad experience if you’re shivering or have goosebumps. It doesn’t make for a good portrait.
The session was fun. Matt and Becca put a lot in to their wardrobe and planning. Becca’s hair style was PERFECT, and Matt looked like a General Authority from the 1950s. I hope they had as much fun as I did.
Matt also bought a fedora to wear. Boy, when he put that on I thought I was looking at Harold B. Lee (without the glasses).
I looked at a lot of 1940-1950 pictures of movie stars (like Bogart and Bacall) to get ideas for the poses and lighting. This next one is one of my favorites…
Blame it on La Nina, but the temperature drop last night was significant. We got our first snow of the season (see my season watch). I didn’t take a picture of it because it’s lack luster. In a picture you’d think it was a heavy frost.
We went to Tim Horton’s for lunch because I had a gift card for the place. I’ve been a couple of times for doughnuts. We decided to try it for lunch. I’m not impressed, and neither was Elizabethe.
If given the choice between Dunkin Donuts and Tim Hortons, I think I would go to Wegmans for donuts, and Burger King for lunch. I know coffee drinkers who like one or the other. However, since I’m not a coffee drinker I can’t find anything at either donut shop to draw me in.
A few years ago Burger King and Tim Hortons merged. I can’t say I’ve noticed much of a change in Burger King, and I wasn’t a big enough fan of Tim Hortons to say if anything changed there.
Well, that was our date for the day.
I need to get ready for my shoot tomorrow. I’m going to set the heater tonight so that it will be warm for the morning. The shoot is first thing in the morning.
Kerosene is a calorie packed fuel that is a pretty good deal right now. At $3.99/gallon it will heat a large space for very little when compared to propane, methane or electricity.
I went and re-filled a couple of my kerosene containers. I have one of this big round kerosene heaters that I replaced the wick. The thing really heats up quickly. Of course, you have to make sure you have good ventilation. But, in a drafty old building, that isn’t a problem.
My dad had a kerosene wall heater in his cabin that vented to the outside. That think heated the place up quickly and kept it pretty warm. I wish I could find one of those. I’d install it permanently in the studio.
I was out there cleaning and sweeping, so I need some warmth. I fired that thing up and it warmed the room up very well.
Yes, they are a little stinky, but when adjusted correctly, they give off very little smoke. (By the way, anyone who thinks they are smoke free, they should get an air filter and see how black they get even when your kerosene heater doesn’t look like it is giving off soot.) Once they are hot, they burn pretty clean. It’s that first few minutes and the smoke after you shut them off.
I don’t think I would ever use one in a home or room where people are sleeping. And, I keep a CO detector in the room where I use it. Even though it is an out-building that I’m just heating temporarily while I work, I would NEVER put it in a bedroom and then go to sleep. I know there are people who do, but I’ve heard too many horror stories.
One vented to the outside, and made to provide clean air indoors would be another story. That’s why I would like to find one like the one my dad had at his cabin. I went on-line looking for one and couldn’t find one. Perhaps they weren’t as safe as they seemed? Who knows.