I know I know, that title sounds melodramatic as all hell.  Then again, if you lived in my house, you might not think that it was *quite* as melodramatic as it sounds.

You see, my house it heated with a furnace that is fueled by propane and these days the price of propane is *almost* as hideous as that of gasoline and unlike most products, it NEVER goes on sale.  In the deep cold that is typical of the months of December, January, February and the early part of March, my furnace will typically burn as much as twelve gallons of propane per day in the worst of the cold.

That means that my piddly little two hundred and fifty gallon tank will go empty fast even if it starts this season out full and this year it’s starting out far from full.  The tank is currently at approximately 35% capacity.  If I were to start the furnace running it would be empty within three weeks even at the lowest useful temperature setting.  Therefore I am not turning it on, choosing instead to use that fuel to run the hot water heater which is also fueled by propane.

It does however mean that I really want to come up with an alternate heat source.  My house has a fireplace but it’s design is such that 95% or more of the heat it generates goes straight up the chimney and does ZERO good for heating the house.  Then again it’s just as well because I can’t afford to buy wood to keep it running anyway.

I’ve done a LOT of looking at possibilities and I’ve come to the conclusion that the best option would be to get an Oil Filled Radiator Heater and use that to keep the main room that I spend most of my time in heated.  This would afford me at least a little bit of comfort and assure that I wouldn’t *actually* freeze solid this winter.

The hard part is going to be getting it since my finances are already stretched to the breaking point.  There was a time that I might have been able to expect getting it for Christmas but the only shot of that is to find a previously unknown wealthy relative and convince them it would be a good idea.

In he meantime, I’m just going to continue believing that God will give me the means to make sure there’s heat in the house… even if he has to drop a case of one hundred dollar bills in my driveway to do it.

Yes, this thing is officially on my wishlist this year even though I’d rather put money with which to promote my youtube videos on that list instead.

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