I love my partner dearly, but periodically he’s just so stubborn… We’ve been prepping the outdated rural home we inherited for winter, but aspects of it need more repairs than he’s willing to admit. However he’s an honestly brilliant man, but being a professor of chemistry does not make Mr. Fix It.. The guy just has no basic sense when it comes to things around the lodge. We’ve been focusing on getting wood for the wood burning fireplace, replacing all of the worn out weatherstripping and window gaskets. There were even a few windows that we had to decide to replace or plastic wrap (we’re plastic wrapping and ordering new windows after the winter thaw). The final item on the list was the outdated boiler. This lodge was built way back in the 20s, plus uses an outdated oil boiler to keep it warm! Now, boilers are great! They’re more reliable than the central air heating and cooling system you see a lot in the current housing developments. A boiler uses tepid water plus pipes, rather than hot air in ductwork, which means they require a lot less service. Yet less service does not mean no service at all. My partner is of the mindset that if he just checks the water balance plus cleans the radiators, we’ll be all set. But the oil boiler is an honestly complicated piece of equipment; the one in this old lodge is far from new. The property was vacant for over a year, plus the last inspection on the card is dated for several years ago. Not only that, but the oil boiler is thirty-five years old. Without an inspection, I’m worried that the oil boiler will die out on us. Then we’ll be stuck with just the wood burning fireplace until we can afford a new oil boiler. I’m hoping the ancient boiler can just get us through this winter!