Who doesn’t like getting an entire trailerful of wood for $85 (including delivery)? Apparently, if the power goes out in a storm, our little town is one of the last areas that regains it. Since we have an amazing fireplace, it makes sense to have a backup plan.
Now, I sort of suck as a prepper… don’t get me wrong, planning ahead is not my forte. However, if everything goes drastically wrong, I want to be able to feed my animals something and stay warm.
I also got 15 bales of fescue mix hay delivered from the local coop. Should hopefully be set through the winter months on the hay front (until March), in case the weather is like last years dreadful, cold, awfulness. Then again, I will also have new babies born, so it may not last as long as I want.
You might consider installing a wood stove. Open fireplaces are very inefficient at heating a house. They are better than nothing, but they won’t keep much more than a room warm.
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I would love a wood stove, but it is currently cost prohibitive. In an emergency, we would seal off our living room and sleep in there to keep warm.
It is definitely something to save up for, then. In places that lose power often, it is worth it.