By the way, in case you are wondering, Momo the Wonder Dog has an electric heater under her bed, so is very comfy-cozy.
|Hitachi kerosene room heater with electronic controls and electric fan.|
So, how do we get kerosene? Well, it is sold at home centers and gasoline stations, so sometimes we get our 18 liter cans refilled by taking two of them in K's car to the home center in town. But I prefer to keep buying it from our local "mom & pop" store -Kurakawa's - which also operates the delivery service. I costs a bit more there, but I like the idea of supporting my neighbors' business rather than some faceless national corporation. They are just half a kilometer down the street so I have developed a way to transport it without having to carry it by hand or rely on K to drive us.
|My touyu (kerosene) carrier. - in this case, my Raleigh Club Sport with trailer. The blue line hanging down is a Bungee cord that goes over the box when it is closed. I also use this set up for taking our recycling to the local center twice a month.|
Three 18 liter cans of kerosene weigh a total of about 43 kilograms (95 pounds). Happily, there is no steep slope between our house and Kurakawa's Store! The trailer makes it easy to haul that load, though I do start out rather slowly.
A couple of times, when Kurakawa Store ran out or the kerosene truck was being repaired, I have ridden to the nearest home center which is about 5 kilometers away. Those times, I carried a smaller box with just two cans in it to lighten the load.
|I'm not the only one to pick up kerosene with pedal power. This tricycle I saw at the home center is electrically assisted like my Yamaha PAS City bicycle.|
We are experimenting with electrical "oil radiator" heaters this winter to cut down on the kerosene use. As fossil fuels deplete the cost of kerosene will keep going up. (No, Virginia, Santa doesn't have any oil and fracking won't save us.) While the kerosene heaters are fairly clean burning, these heaters are not vented. Also, I don't like how they put out large amounts of water vapor (the main product of combustion along with carbon dioxide) which condenses on the cold glass of our windows and runs onto the wood floor if we aren't careful. :(
|Electric oil radiator heater|
Hopefully, we will install some solar electric panels in the not too distant future and be able to generate more than enough electricity to cover the additional kilowatts we use with the radiators, as well as contributing that much less to climate change. In any case, until I find better way to heat water, I'll still be pedaling for kerosene.