In addition to thinking about getting firewood, another issue we need to confront before winter is propane. Not just the procurement of it, but getting it at a reasonable price. Fuel prices are all over the map, so it's hard to know what the best deal is. We are part of a fuel club to get a good price, and I think it's worth it, but have never sat down and to do the math. We usually pre-buy somewhere between 400-500 gallons, and that gets us through the year, which I've been told is a pretty reasonable amount.
This year the fuel club is doing things a little differently, and I don't completely understand it, but it doesn't involve pre-buying. You get a rate and pay as you go, eliminating the need for a huge initial cash outlay at the beginning of the year. I figured it would still be a big load of money in the fall because the tank hasn't been filled since early spring. Needless to say, I wasn't looking forward to seeing that bill.
A few days ago the propane truck started backing down our driveway, and I couldn't help but think they had come early. I was surprised, and a little bummed because I figured the time of financial reckoning had come. Why deal with money matters when it's easier to ignore them? Surprisingly though, the bill wasn't that bad. I guess we didn't use as much propane over the past 6 months as I had thought, and our rate was good. Boy was I stoked, and heaved a big sigh of relief. Plus, it's one more thing that I had to deal with before winter that is now off the list. I love when that happens.
Now I can focus on firewood and the barn. Until then, the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Larry McCombs for the pic.