A fireplace may not be easy, and it may require work, but there is no more reliable source of heating when times get tough
We have some new neighbors, moved up from way down south. They seem like a nice family, but they are still adjusting to a new environment. I would like to give some advice to them, but they haven’t been super friendly so far and I don’t want to seem pushy. They will find out soon enough how long and hard the winters can be around here. A few days ago I was out back chopping wood, and the family were sort of goofing on me. I have a woodpile as tall as my head, and they didn’t understand why I was chopping more wood in the dead of summer. They think that because they have a central HVAC system that winter won’t be a problem, and I hope they are right. In the last five years, a winter snowstorm has killed the power three times, which means the central HVAC system is also down. Each of these blackouts lasted for three to five days, which means I would have gone all that time with no heating unless I had a backup plan. A fireplace may not be easy, and it may require work, but there is no more reliable source of heating when times get tough. Fire will always keep you alive! I try to be a good neighbor, so I will chop some extra wood in case they need it this winter, but I don’t know that they even have a fireplace. I hope they have some backup heating system, or it could get dangerous during the next blackout.