After our Grandpa passed away, several family members reached out to me asking if I could help get her condo ready to sell while they take care of the rest of the affairs of her estate. Although I labor from home and can essentially live wherever our heart desires, this would involve moving up to the northernmost part of the country while in the coldest time of the year. My Grandpa had died of a heart attack that September and the estate needed the condo ready to sell by early May. Despite our concerns, our empathy for our family was greater so I told them I would do it. But, what they all failed to tell me was that our Grandpa still had a coal oil furnace in her basement as her primary source of heat. Although she had a forced air gas oil furnace in the condo from when our Grandma was still alive, after she had died fifteen years ago she stopped using and maintaining it altogether. Finding heating service at the cusp of the Wintertide holiday season isn’t the easiest thing to do, so after unsuccessfully calling several to multiple weird Heating as well as A/C companies, I just decided to give the coal oil furnace a shot. If it was enjoyable enough for our Grandpa in her old age, how hard could it be for someone as young as myself? After using the plan for about a week I was already impressed. It works separate from electricity of any kind and all of the heat rises into the condo above via a net labor of metal pipes that feed into the individual rooms. It’s strong, steady heat and leaves really no dent on your electric bill. The only thing I hated was having to empty the ashes from the component daily, which after a few weeks started to get tedious. But, it sure beats having to go outside and cut would for several minutes a week in subarctic temperatures.