e.alleg wrote:I think that every home should have some sort of automatic backup heat, whether it be an oil burner or a LP furnace or even electric heat. Who knows when somebody might get sick or something and you gotta be away from the house for a week or more on no notice. It's a lot easier to just flip a switch and pay the higher fuel bill for a week than to have the house freeze up or try and get someone to empty the ash pan.
I actually have a friend who would dump my ash for me, silly but true.
On the topic though, as I mentioned in another thread, Stokers were above and beyond the "BIG" push.....most sales people said I'd be foolish to buy a Handfired unit in Lieu of the latest Stoker models. I will say (1) old timer was tugging me aside and trying to unload and old Harmon handfired (small unit, not sure of the model exactly) he had in the back room of the store.
I was/am concerned about power failures, although I must say, In the last 10 yrs we lost power here about 5 times for an average of (1) day maximum. We did lose it once a few years back, for 3 days. I've a generator, kept the Frige and other niceities working just fine, the (wood stove) offset the heating issues. My generator will more than suffice in keeping my Alaska going and keeping the homestead warm and happy. Do I now have to cross my fingers? hrmm,.. now I wonder