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Best radiant/oil heater?

My apartment doesn't have central heating, and space heaters aren't doing the job. It never gets below freezing here, but does get pretty chilly (maybe 40ish at the lowest) after dark. I have a couple of space heaters, but they don't really heat the full space (two rooms, about 300 sq. feet each), and so I'm left with just sitting right in front of the heater, so there's hot air blowing right on me, which is uncomfortable and dries out my skin like crazy. A friend recommended a radiant or oil heater, but didn't know a lot of specifics. Has anyone used these? Are they better than the type of space heater that just blows out hot air? And, do you have any recommendations for specific brands?
posted by rainbowbrite on Dec 3, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I exercise in winter?

I have been running 3 to 4 miles every other day since about June of this year. It has become a very important part of maintaining my mental health, and now that winter has arrived it has been nearly impossible to run. What do I do now to stay active and sane? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Nov 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Let's pretend it's not winter.

I am looking for gardening books focusing on perennial flowers or vegetables or books on landscaping design/ideas that will make me drunk with plans for spring. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

How to drive cross country - safely - in the winter?

I'm driving from DC to Washington State in a few weeks, and will take the northern route (OH, IL, IA, SD, MT, ID, WA). I'm concerned about wintry weather, and want to take precautions for a safe drive. What are some best steps or considerations to get there safely? What worked well for you in similar circumstances? [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Nov 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me stay warm: tall+slim outerwear for women

Winter coat filter: Hello minds of mefi, I am looking for an uber warm women's parka. Complexity level: I am six feet tall and size 4. Brands like North Face are great, but the sleeves are too short and waist is too wide. So I am looking for quality brads that I could look into that would fit a tall, slim woman. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Nov 24, 2013 - 8 answers

wanted: brick-and-mortar store in Chicago for winter coats

First Chicago winter for a California native. Need recommendations for stores that have good-quality but not-too-expensive winter coats. [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising on Nov 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Skinny man seeks winter coat (London)

I like M&S-style clothing, but as a slender man (35 chest 31 waist) I often have trouble finding something that fits, and the M&S range of winter coats, even in 'Small', looks a little baggy on me. Where else in London could I find something reasonably stylish, but also warm, to wear over a shirt & sweater, for less than, say, £300? [more inside]
posted by piato on Nov 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Can you teach me how to winter?

I've spent my entire life (with little exception) between Houston and Atlanta, latitudinally speaking, and moved to Seattle this summer. I don't really know what I'm supposed to be wearing to best handle the winter. [more inside]
posted by Precision on Nov 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Iceland in the winter

Three friends and I semi-impulse bought tickets to go to Iceland in a month (December 4-8) -- what should we try to do in the short time we're there? Winter-specific suggestions most welcome! [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Nov 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Understanding space heaters?

We have a large (~500 sq ft) family room which is not connected to our central heat. We'd like to use a space heater (maybe 2 *) to heat it in the winter. What's the difference between the cheap little ones and the more expensive ones? [more inside]
posted by mattu on Nov 9, 2013 - 10 answers

My nephew would like to not freeze this winter, thank you.

Asking for my sister, mother of a 1.5 year old boy: "Please share your opinions about winter outerwear for a toddler. He already has a good winter coat (thank you friends from Canada), but what about the rest of it? Gloves v. mittens? Bibs v. snow pants? What's worth a significant investment, and where can you save some pennies? Your advice and recommendations, please." Additional relevant info: he is rather tall for his age, and this winter he wears a 3T. He lives in New England, so winter is for real.
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 7, 2013 - 30 answers

What's a pretty winter vacation spot between Toronto and Chicago?

We're in Toronto. Our friends are in Chicago. We'd like to meet up roughly halfway between our cities over the Christmas break (i.e. in Michigan or Ontario), and rent a house or cottage somewhere quiet with some natural scenery. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Trees and snow

Trees in deep snow often have a gap around them where the snow is lower (see here and here). Why is this? Do trees give off enough warmth to melt snow, or do they absorb the snow as water, or is it because falling/blowing snow is blocked by the tree trunk, leaving a kind of shadow?
posted by oulipian on Oct 27, 2013 - 11 answers

How common is it to wear thermals under dress clothes in cold climates?

I live in Michigan, where ave winter temps range from 20 to 40F with wind chill or actually temps often ducking below 0 in the deep of winter. During the coldest months, I typically wear a base layer under my clothes -- not just when doing outdoor activities, but every day, i.e., in office, at home, running errands, etc. I thought this was common practice as well as common sense. One day last winter I had a doctor's appt., and when I rolled up my sleeve the physician's assistant mentioned that she thought it was really "neat" that I had thought to wear a "second" shirt. I related the story to my coworkers who then acted like I had grown a third head. [more inside]
posted by lolo341 on Oct 25, 2013 - 89 answers

Well, here's a question I'd never thought I'd ask...

I just had a bit of a "due to winter dryness" nosebleed. (In my boss's office during a meeting so at least tissues were there and she's a mom of two boys, so this did not phase her.) It went on for a bit (maybe took like 10 min to clear up completely) but seems ok now. My question is: I normally go to the gym Tues and Thurs for at least 30 min. I don't want to end up passed out on the gym floor with blood running out of my face if I can help it. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Oct 24, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me buy good quality, fashionable women’s boots!

Winter is around the corner and I’m direly in need of a new pair of boots. In the past few years, I’ve bought a few different styles but never “invested” (all under <$200) and I have destroyed every pair. How do I find a good quality boot (with the necessary snowflakes)? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Oct 22, 2013 - 23 answers

What's your favourite travel website for booking a vacation package?

We want to go somewhere sunny this winter. There are a bewildering number of travel websites hocking flight+hotel deals. Did you have a good experience with any of them? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for temporary, simple, affordable housing south of Boston/Quincy

I'm taking a temporary job near Duxbury, MA. I'll be working there for 3 months, potentially renewing for another 3 months. I'm starting next week. I really don't need anything more than a place to sleep, but I'm having a hard time coming up with something temporary and affordable <=$1000 a month. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

All you need are gloves, gloves; gloves are all you need

Hi Metafilter! Can you help me find winter-lined leather gloves made in a developed country (the U.S., the UK, the EU, etc.)? I want them in black, in a women's size 7.5. I want to buy them online, but not from Leather Gloves Online.
posted by topoisomerase on Sep 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Winter is coming...and I ain't no Jon Snow

Can I raise my internal temperature/reduce my sensitivity to cold? I've always lived in cold regions (midwest, new england) but I've equally always been the one whining when it's 50 degrees out. Literally, it is 50 right now and I just got out of bed and put a big fluffy bathrobe over my long pjs and was still cold. I know all the obvs things to do to get warmer in the moment (bath, hot coffee, layers, long underwear, etc) but is there any way I can stop being so sensitive to it in the first place?
posted by Calicatt on Sep 25, 2013 - 15 answers

How to enjoy winter in Northern Europe?

I'm heading to Europe in the thick of winter mostly as part of field work for a research degree. Amsterdam, Berlin are definite destinations. All advice I have is that winter in Northern Europe sucks hard and isn't a great time to be going. Can someone please explain why that's so apart from the cold? Can someone else explain why that's completely wrong? How could I get the most out of the experience? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Aug 23, 2013 - 32 answers

Tell me about your frugal, toasty ways, Metafilter

Can you share all the information, products, tips, etc., about weatherstripping and all other ways of keeping my house from leaking heat--and letting in cold air--when it's cold? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 23, 2013 - 37 answers

What's to like about having a fall birthday?

I’m currently expecting my first child, who is due around Halloween. I have some minor and probably totally inconsequential—yet nagging—worries about her expected birthdate, and would love if those of you who are late fall babies OR a parent of a late fall baby would come in and assuage my concerns. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Aug 7, 2013 - 75 answers

I just cannot remember the name!

Children's book, of a wintery sort (I've been trying to remember the title for six months). I read it in the last 15 years. It involved a bored princess and someone that came and shook everything up - perhaps pied piper-ish? It involved juggling I think and the character's name was really important - I remember it as something like 'Hode'.
posted by an opinicus on Jul 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Please recommend me your winter gear - lightest and warmest and cheapest

I currently live in the Southern US, but next month I'm making a trip to Southern Argentina and next year I'm moving to New York. I guess it's time to buy warm clothes! Can you give me some recommendations on warm, light, layerable winter clothes, particularly a coat? [more inside]
posted by Buckt on May 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Weird Jacket that slid ur phone into your hand.

I read this a LONG time ago, a jacket where you could snap ur wrist (or some other hand geuster/movement) and it cause ur phone (stored in the sleeve) to drop right into ur hand. It was awesome if slightly risky and I'd like to take a look at it again. Anyone know of it? Or something similar?
posted by rmathew1 on Apr 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Hiking pants for very cold temps

What pants do people wear for very cold (0 °F / -18 °C, and colder) weather hiking? Just rain shell pants and wool long underwear? Surely there are insulated pants suitable for hiking? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Mar 21, 2013 - 28 answers

I wanna be symbiotic-er

I live near a medium-sized nature preserve, it has been a long hard winter with no end in sight. While lying in the dark waiting to fall asleep, I've been listening to an owl for several years* and he's never been this close for this long. I suspect he's venturing further to find food, it's probably a really lean time. Help me help him. [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Mar 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Sports cars for Canadian winters?

I want a sports car. I live in Winnipeg. This does not compute. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Mar 20, 2013 - 26 answers

What's the mid Florida coast like for winter rentals?

We are looking for a way to get out of the cold for at least two months during the northeast winter and have been trying to figure out if its possible to rent a small ( one bedroom) place in the coast of Florida. But not near the hustle and bustle of Miami or Boca. We are looking for a laid back sleepy and affordable spot to be and stay warm during Feb/March, any ideas?
posted by privatechef on Feb 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Identify this awesome coat!

In Montreal for vacation. Saw man on subway wearing an awesome winter coat. He had a shaved head, and his coat looked a bit monastic. It was long (down below his knee) and a bit baggy at the bottom, very warm looking, almost as if he were wearing an old-fashioned sleeping bag. Also distinctive, it had a very high collar, almost to the top of his ears, all around. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
posted by leotrotsky on Feb 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Wall a town to keep out the wind?

Mad science/weather physicsfilter: I live in a small town in the Midwest right at the moment. It gets very, very cold, and most of the actual suffering part of the cold is due to high winter winds. Why can't towns like this just build city walls, ancient Athens-style, say 20 feet high or so (more?) to keep the wind out? There must be some obvious physics/ecology reason why this wouldn't work, someone explain it to me?
posted by paultopia on Feb 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Okay to wear scarf with hood?

Can you wear a scarf with a hooded jacket or sweatshirt without looking like a jerk?
posted by rmttws on Jan 4, 2013 - 14 answers

DTMFSBA

This is the last straw. After a major blowout on Sunday morning I'm about to end a ten-year, majorly dysfunctional, very high-maintenance relationship. I'm dumping my Craftsman Snow blower for a new one. Tell me what you love about your snow blower. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 2, 2013 - 13 answers

How can I eliminate a draft under my front door?

Getting a draft despite having weather stripping and a door sweep. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jan 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Techniques for fighting the anxiety dragons?

This winter I'm having a lot of low-level anxiety. What methods have you found helpful in dealing with anxiety day-to-day? Any and all anxiety dragon fighting techniques appreciated. [more inside]
posted by oranger on Dec 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Ouch, my chest! Advice please, Cold-Climate Mefites?

Severely painful nipples in the cold! I’m as rugged-up as I’m going to get. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Indoor/Home Temperatures in Arctic or Very Cold Climates

At what temperature do people set their thermostats if they live in Arctic climates, such as Barrow, Alaska? My mother wants to know. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Sump pump running a lot in winter?

Why is my sump pump still running this winter and how can I correct it? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Dec 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Does this site already exist?

in my mind i envision a website where you put your departing airport and the site pulls together current last-minutes deals to all sorts of destinations [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Dec 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to go south for the winter?

I'm back with another Travel Filter question! Looking for an early New Year trip, first week of January. Looking for Southern Florida. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Dec 8, 2012 - 1 answer

Hypothermia, be gone! XC skiing in Norway, seeking clothing help

Cross-country Skiing Outfit: I'm seeking clothing advice so that I don't freeze when XC skiing for the first time this winter (in Norway). [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Dec 3, 2012 - 12 answers

How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter without electricity?

I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda on Nov 29, 2012 - 36 answers

Too small for tricks?

12" BMX bike for 12-year old? [NYcares Winter wishes filter] [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Nov 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Boy, is my face red! And blotchy!

What is a good facial moisturizer for rosacea? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Nov 27, 2012 - 18 answers

most natural artificial light

Recommendations for lightbulbs [more inside]
posted by dipolemoment on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

A zombie's gotta keep warm donchaknow

What do you use for an outer layer when it's cold (0-30 F) but not raining? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Nov 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Winter Tiiiiiiiiiiiiime / And the livin is eeeeeeeasy

Help me find my hibernation spot! NYCer in search of a winter (roughly Dec/Jan -> March/April) apartment somewhere in the Deep South in a city that A) has much warmer weather; B) offers drastically cheaper rent; and C) is a small town (basically, anywhere that isn't a big city). And, once I have a few city/region options, what's the best methodology for finding a place to rent if there aren't active Craigslist listings for the city/region? Details: [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Nov 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Dry Skin Solutions

My skin is really dry due to aging. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by valeries on Nov 14, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me find a new england winter resort for the whole family

Trying to find winter resorts in New England for the whole family that aren't ONLY about skiing. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

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