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Monday, January 03, 2005

A Temporary Solution to Heating

Although if the technology continues improving, this might become my permanent solution. It's a pretty good one, for those of us who live in areas with relatively mild winters.

For a week or so now, I've been eying some fireplaces which are fueled not by wood or pellets or coal or gas, but by a gel composed of a kind of alcohol. And some of these gels are already entirely derived from sugar cane --- an excellent renewable resource.

The fireplaces are ventless and really quite lovely and reasonably priced --- in fact, the cost of one of the fireplaces is conquerable to or less than the cost of oil or natural gas or propane or whatever for an especially harsh season in these parts. At this point, the fireplaces running on these gels are considered *secondary* heat sources. But, as mild as it is here throughout most of the winter, it would likely be enough.

I'm still reading up on them but, so far, looks like it might be the best solution for me.

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