This is the most difficult time of the year for those of us that heat with wood. If I start the wood boiler up too soon, it smolders and is too hot in here. All in the timing. As my water lines for the wood boiler cannot freeze, this is a crap shoot as to when to start the process, which runs from October to May. The pellet stove manages the farmhouse well in the interim. I switch over to propane when traveling in the winter, as my system is set up so that the water will continue to circulate from the wood boiler when the inside furnace is running, to keep the water lines that run from the woodshed, under the drive, from freezing (simply by closing a valve in the basement). This allows me to travel in the winter and not have to ask friends to come out and load the stove twice a day. The exigencies of learning to live in the Northwoods are not always easy, which explains why so many Trolls "exit stage left", sometimes as short as a few months after moving to the U.P.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. ~Henry Van Dyke
And in my heart......she is cherished for eternity...... My most prized possession