Old School Energyby Tim Manni
From www.woodheat.org: “It’s been said that a long straight row of firewood standing in the yard in springtime is like money in the bank. It is indeed. As it dries in the summer sunshine, you’re collecting interest.”
At this point it sounds like a broken record: Rising oil prices have propelled the price of gasoline to record numbers, shifting summer travel plans from vacations to staycations.
But now, worry over oil prices has already begun to drift toward the future, past the summer driving season, into the realization that heating bills are going to be a lot higher this winter. Home-heating oil is up 84% since last year. With constant debate circling around the development of alternate forms of energy, many Americans are stockpiling the world’s oldest form of energy: firewood.
Firewood and wood-burning stove retailers, who have been forced to raise their prices for a list of reasons, are already struggling to keep ahead of orders.
Where’s there’s smoke there’s fire, and where there’s fire, there’s something getting burned. If you decide to burn wood for fuel this winter, do it safely.