The Situation: No central heating throughout the property due to previously frozen then burst pipes (shattered in some places - hard to do with cast iron rads). No running water either. Water later temporarily fixed to the bottom floor only - pipes too leaky to run to upstairs as well.
The (Temporary) Solution: A bulk buy of several tiny 3kw blow heaters. Two downstairs - one to warm only working toilet, sink and shower, and one directed at the water tank to avoid another potential freezing/ bursting situation. Remainder of heaters upstairs, getting the fabric of the building warm enough not to see our breath inside and to stop wearing all items of clothing all at once for necessary insulation.
The Continuous Difficulty: Problem is - there is only 2.4kw of power coming into the downstairs and 7.2kw coming into the upstairs part of the building. Which meant that if we wanted enough heat to ensure our breath wasn't visible when inside, and the oven or kettle or music or electric blanket were on as well, the fuse box would trip and we would be plunged immediately into pitch darkness, leading to some difficult priority choices - Food or Warmth? Ray LaMontagne or Food (both nourishing in their distinct ways)? Cup of Tea or Dinner?
Conclusion: Very expert (Safe Cracker Standard) at the exact level to dial the heater down to, to compensate for a 200C 2 hour Boeuf Bourguignon, and thus avoiding a sudden blackout mid awkward cooking maneuver. Also very familiar with the exact location of the torch.
A Brief Appreciation: Hot Water Bottles and Electric Blankets are totally marvellous. Even once we'd got the building up to some sort of livable temperature - Best Investment Ever.
A Further Brief Appreciation: Silence. That's marvellous too - as in when the chalet is warm enough (briefly) to turn all the heaters off. And you can't hear anything. Wonderful. Until it's freezing once more and the noise must start again.
Warmth vs. Quiet?