Friends, the bulk propane tanks are in. Sweet, sweet, endless heat.
Yes, yes – Now you’re saying, “Now all you have to do is pay for it.” True. However, we no longer have to pay an inflated $4.50 per gallon, and we no longer have to lug the RV tanks to the hardware store.
And I won’t miss the daily dance of do-we-have-propane-or-are-we-going-to-freeze. There’s a brand new 100 gallon bulk tank sitting outside the RV, and I’m glad for it. We’ll be paying a cool $1.99 per gallon, and they come to fill it for us. So you see, it’s all pretty awesome.
People are often amazed that we have a furnace in the RV. A real one. Just like in a house. I guess folks think that we’re in here with space heaters or something. Of course, I forgot about the fact that the propane guys would need to come inside to check to be sure everything was working properly.
It was a disaster in here! Stuff all over the place, dishes in the sink, and not cleaned in a week. As if that wasn’t bad enough, my sense of smell notified me last night that the (euphemistically named) black water tank needed emptied. I got up this morning and emptied it into the septic tank first thing … but a faint smell lingered. Not a horrible stink, but a stink none the less. This was all made particularly clear when they turned the furnace on. Oops. Ah, well. I take solace in the fact that this could hardly be the worst place they’ve ever installed. Maybe.
In the cabin, I installed a direct-vent heater that a neighbor gifted me. It’s only a 5,000 BTU model, but the cabin is also only 10×14′. I have it fired up right now. We’ll see how it goes. I still, at this late date, intend to have piano students in there. So, ya know … it was kind of a priority. The cabin and its heater have their own 100 lb tank. That’s the little direct-vent (through the wall) heater on the right-hand side. As I was installing it and cutting a big hole in my wall … I forgot that heat rises. (Duh.) I should have installed it lower on the wall. I’ll be purchasing a fan to put above it. Again, oops.
Now, if I can just get the rest of the planking up in the cabin and that last junk pile in the driveway gone, we’ll be in business for Winter.