“Hey baby, I’m so cold my nipples could cut glass. How about puttin’ some more pellets in that stove?”
“I’m so cold it takes me 20 minutes to find my pee-pee through the 20 layers of long johns I’m wearing. I’d fire up the stove, ‘cept we ain’t got no pellets OR any stove.”
“Oh, right. Well crank the thermostat.”
“The oil tank is nearly empty and it costs a grand to fill it.”
“Should we go to bed and make our own heat?”
“Yeah baby, yeah.”
Who said high heating costs were all that bad? I expect many conversations like the one above will happen this coming winter.
Dragon, over at Circle of the Oroborous, posted yesterday that he’s thinking about winter and suggested the rest of us do the same. Never mind the fact that Dragon hates my global warming posts (though I have to admit this summer has been relatively cool), his post underscores a valid point. I would build on that and say that it’s PAST time to be thinking about winter, because everyone is now on the “secure winter heat” bandwagon. I looked in the local weekend paper and prices for wood (if loggers are even advertising their price) are $250+ a cord. A recent, local news article said many dealers have just stopped answering their phones, because they can’t meet existing orders. Viva la high cost of oil AND wood as people buy new wood stoves and dust off old ones.
Beyond traditional wood, wood pellet stoves are all the rage, and dealers are back-ordered – big time! LOTS of people have been flooding stove dealers ordering these stoves, and – not having enough in stock – dealers have been accepting orders with a promise to deliver. Ha! A recent news article underscores the importance of early planning as at least one manufacturer is now saying “fuggedaboutit!” Read:
Hundreds of people who hoped to fend off huge oil bills this winter by installing a pellet stove are being told their orders will likely go unfilled. Rocky Gaslin of Rocky’s Stove Shoppe in Augusta learned Tuesday that Pennsylvania-based Harman Stove Company is unable to deliver more than 300 pellet stoves promised Gaslin just a few months ago.
Harman dealers across the state were given similar notices this week, Gaslin said. “We sold based on the number they said they would give us. Then they changed the numbers,” Gaslin said. “I’m extremely frustrated. People are counting on them.” Gaslin said they typically sell around 100 pellet stoves a year, but had sold 150 by April this year. He stopped taking orders when he hit the 350 stove limit Harmans set. He’s only received 16 stoves so far.
As I’ve said before, history repeats itself, and I’m a big fan of survival/preparedness memorabilia. Scope this authentic poster from WWII:
Still relevant? Ya think!?
– Ranger Man
BTW: I don’t have a place to hang that poster. Want it? Make me an offer I can’t refuse – it’s a sweet SHTF collectible, and in great shape!
Hey, does this story about Russia’s proposal to fly long-range bombers to Cuba remind you of the Cuban Missile Crisis – or what?