This year, a few physical issues have caused me to shy away from handling tons of firewood.
I've partnered heating with both wood and oil for years. Depending on the price of either, I could move to the cheaper heat source at will.
In addition, I had backup heat. When power fails, I can still heat with wood and happily toddle through the day without issue.
Well, I am out of wood. With a blown out knee, I didn't buy my usual big stack-O-oak. We had enough wood to coast out a while, but have mostly relied on the oil heat. That means buying oil... which happily has been nicely priced this year.
Well, I am out of oil now, AND out of wood. The oil will be delivered on Tuesday. The wood will be delivered in June.
So I'm on my backup to my backup. My garage heat source, a propane heater. Coupled with a 40 gallon tank, we have heat for days. I can fill the tank without fuss at several local locations, or fall back on the 20 pound grill tank.
With this heater, I'm careful to only use it while I am in attendance. Besides, it tosses out so much heat that I can't run it constantly. Perversely, my backup backup heat source is also my most powerful.
The point is.... backups to backups to backups. Have a plan, work the plan. Sensible and thoughtful preparation should be an asset to life, not a chore or detriment.
Update: This afternoon I decided I wanted an intermediate backup to my backup to my backup. The propane heater works, but has two downsides; It's output is TOO high, and I don't trust it left unattended overnight.
We just popped down to the Farm Supply and bought a 1500 watt quartz tower heater. It's a nice fill in many ways, and will happily stay stored away in the attic/basement/garage/closet til needed again.
Yes.... that means FOUR heat sources at the castle now.