Well, almost. After almost 3 years of procrastinating, Larry is running the gas line. It's no small job--a half mile of pipe that has to run over some steep terrain. He's almost done with this part, and now we need to get our neighbor here to figure out how to install a furnace/AC unit and how and where to run the gas lines for the hot water and cookstove. Once he's done though, we'll have FREE gas from our gas well.
I can't wait. We are thinking about one of those tankless water heaters because of space considerations and also because they just make sense. If you have one, I'd like to hear about your experiences. We're also going to have taps for the garage and the greenhouse, and maybe one for the chicken house too--might as well keep those girls warm! The best part of all this, really, is that I don't have to worry about Larry cutting firewood when he's 80. We'll always need a little wood for the fireplace, of course, but the big work of cutting a shed-full of wood every year will be over.
The second best part is getting my Tappan stove hooked up. I've been patiently waiting all summer, and now I am hoping that I will have it by Thanksgiving. I better, because my electric range is down to one burner since Larry "fixed" it last month. It will not be fun to cook Thanksgiving dinner like that! So keep your fingers crossed that all goes well and the free gas will be flowing smoothly by the end of October. That's my goal, anyway.
Keep your fingers crossed. I hope there isn't a big boom when this is all done...