Reading this blog from San Francisco? Probably not as the site is brand new, so I’ll address others – thank GOD we’re not living in San Fran! No, this isn’t a post about the San Andreas Fault that’s eventually going to split California in half sending everyone scrambling for survival in what will be the worst natural disaster in modern history. No, it’s about wood heat.
You see, San Francisco’s Air Quality Management District is examining public opinion on the idea of banning wood fires in residential homes on bad air quality nights. Sacramento County and some Bay Area cities already have a similar ban. Jeffrey Warren writes on the subject and recalls his family’s use of the hearth during California’s past energy crisis: “our family closed the parlor doors and gathered in one tiny room around the fire. It was a scene out of a Jane Austin novel. Five of us read, played chess, did homework and paid bills, in a chilly room heated only by our tiny hearth.” Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/22/EDNKTDK1S.DTL&hw=wood+ban&sn=002&sc=639
Go ahead, San Fran folks, use more oil to heat your home. I’ll be thinking of you with your gun restrictions, fault line and weird wood fire bans as I stoke the fire here in Maine and stay warm . . . actually, it could use another stick right now.