Monday, October 6, 2008

Country Living and Propane

We have talked for years about adding propane to our all-electric home. It seems at least once a year we have a power outage due to a Doug fir falling on a power line or some other incident when we experience high winds. We can be without power for days, and in one instance it was five.

About a month ago we finally had propane tanks installed, followed by adding a gas cooktop in addition to the electric one we have, a Rinnai tankless water heater, and a gas heating stove that replaces the wood burning one in our kitchen-great room area. Last week a generator was delivered, and we should soon see the final hookup. When complete, at least we can heat one room, cook, and all the food in our refrigerator and freezer will not spoil. Now that's a plan.

A county inspector has to check all steps of the installation during the process. When this particular one arrived for the first look, he grimaced and shifted his eyes, slightly tilted his head and rather disdainfully proclaimed, wow, as I drove up the driveway and looked around... you really have it all.

I was so taken aback by this man who had just made a rash and surface judgment, one who had no idea of who we were, the condition of the property we bought 15 years ago, nor how we have personally labored to get it this way. It is amazing what people may say without thought. . . but that would be another story.

The good news is that we should be up and running in short order, and we'll be cooking with gas!