My Fireplace – Austin, Texas
Things were not going well weather-wise in Austin and the rest of Texas. We are still digging out from the big snowstorm and a historic cold-snap that started on Sunday. Our power was out since early Monday morning and finally came back late Wednesday. Nearly a 3-day outage. I am mentally prepared for possible future outages. I’ve used every trick to keep the house warm enough to prevent the water pipes from freezing. I’m also dripping the faucets throughout the house.
I heard about half the houses in Austin were without power at the peak. Many are starting to lose water.
Lucky for us, the water is still running. And miraculously, we had hot water via our primitive natural gas-powered water tank all throughout the ordeal. A hot shower was one of the few civilized treats we had.
Thankfully, we also had our natural gas-powered fireplace. It’s primarily a decorative unit but kept the main room at about 50 degrees. Our house is designed for hot weather. High ceilings and wide-open spaces don’t heat very well with such a small unit.
Our second-floor bedrooms were a different story. They were in the low 40s Tuesday night. However, we made due. Five layers of clothes and six layers of blankets kept us unexpectedly toasty. I suppose it was like camping but inside the house.
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