Had to leave work early for a dental appointment today. It had already started snowing, and after leaving the dentist I stopped at the grocery to pickup a few "storm supplies" for the missus. Then I stopped at the Sheetz convenience store next door to get a soda.
After coming out of Sheetz, I was sitting in the car sipping my vanilla diet pepsi with lots of crushed ice, and realized I was parked right next to the kerosene pump. There were three people standing there in the rapidly falling snow, each of them waiting to fill two or three of those blue plastic kerosene cans. With the forecast of at least two days of single-digit temps after the snowstorm moves out, I can understand people wanting to have some extra heat.
I sat there thinking about the early years of our marriage, living in an apartment with electric baseboard heat, and having only a small Sears kerosene heater for extra heat during the coldest days of winter. And I suddenly felt very thankful for the big hunk o' steel sitting in my basement, crankin' out coal heat 24 hours a day, with only 15-20 minutes of effort needed from me each day. And with just a slight turn of the thermostat, and an extra shovel or two of coal, I can look at a weather forecast of near- or below-zero temperatures and just chuckle.
No matter what you're running--base heater, Chubby, restored antique, DS Machine, Harmon, Hitzer, Surdiac, Franco, or one of many others--and no matter how many dampers you do, or don't, have--I'm sure you'll agree with me on one thing:
Days like these make me want to shout I LOVE MY COAL STOVE!!!!!