Price of home heating oil got you down? Join the club. Did you know Maine is the state most reliant on home heating oil? No? Well now you do. See, you come here, and you learn shit. Is that worth the price of admission?
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Seriously, though . . . . I AM serious! Nyuck nyuck nyuck. K, enough with the begging.
Wood stove sales are up big time. Wood pellet stove sales are up big time. Firewood prices are big time. Call it the home heating oil ripple effect. People are trying to escape the atrocious costs of heating their homes with the ultra-convenient Saudi Arabian “firewood” called #2. Touch the thermostat and aaaaaaah, heat. That convenience is coming with a mega price premium these days, though. Check out the going prices in Maine: www.maineoil.com. Around $4.40 per gallon is the cash price with “lock-in” prices significantly higher. Pretty nasty, huh?
THIS is the reason everyone is going old school in the home heating department – firewood time! C’mon, let’s kick off a poem in honor of the oldest heat known to man:
Oh how we love you,
Oh how we hate you.
Buzz, Buzz, Drop
Cut, Gather, Split
Haul, Stack, Dry
Spiders crawl around you,
Snakes curl inside you,
If properly stacked,
Air moves through you,
Water escapes you.
Then you dry, crack, and
SNAP inside the stove.
Heat like no other.
I bust my tits for you.
You warm my ass.
Ummmm, yeah, whatever. What did you expect from 45 seconds of writing? Friggin’ Robert Frost?
Anyway, this post was inspired by this article, which states firewood is the latest “hot” commodity. Prices according to this article are at $220 a cord with expectations that it’ll hit $300 a cord this winter. I knew, being the SHTF seer that I am, that people would be scrambling this summer for wood action. For this reason I bought 6 cord cut, split and delivered before the spring snow was even done melting for $165 a cord – bargain! Six cord is more than I’d typically burn in a year, but for that price, and considering oil is obscene, chances are high I’ll burn more this winter.
At the Ranger’s keep we have an efficient Lopi fireplace insert, and an older, less efficient cast iron stove in the basement that we fire up on bitter days or when we think the power might go out. We also have a propane monitor heater and oil fired hot water baseboard heat. Various options we can use depending on prices. I call it the “heating source shuffle”. Here is the mighty Ranger Man Lopi in action:
What a difference that thing is from the shitty Vermont Castings “Winter Warm” insert we had before. This unit has fewer moving parts, burns more efficiently, uses less wood, cranks out more heat, and has quieter fans. I love it . . . and I touch myself when I think about it. Not really, but I do feed it my wood . . . lol.
What’s YOUR heat source?
– Ranger Man
BTW: Anyone taking bets one when/if Israel takes F-16 action against Iran?