This forum is bringing out all the "old memories"!
When I was young, much younger than today, la -la -la ... ♫ ♫ ♫♪ LOL
It used to get much colder than it does, now. Our house had a field stone foundation, laid without mortar, in some areas. In the late fall, my father would bank horse manure all around the exposed foundation. I suppose this would eliminate the drafts, but at the same time provide heat, through the composing action of the manure. Point: There are two kinds of manure, .. hot and cold. Horse manure, being one of the hot manures. Cow being one of the cold manures.
We also, had an outside, underground originating water spigot at the barn. This would also get banked with horse manure.
Now, don't you feel a bit smarter and more prepared to cope with the winter?