When we moved back up north, my wife and I were considering having a fireplace taken out of the new home.
The fireplace needed more attention than we had originally thought, and we weren’t sure if we could afford to have it repaired.
After a few discussions and more arguments, my wife and I put the money into the fireplace. She liked the ambience that it could create, and I said that the heating would be nice. We found out just how nice the heating of the fireplace would feel when a blizzard hit our area. Within a matter of six hours, we had 2 1/2 feet of snow with 2 inches of ice on top of the snow. Not only had the blizzard brought down quite a few gigantic trees, but the trees brought the electrical lines down with it. Almost 95% of our area was without electricity. Without electricity, we didn’t have a furnace, because you need electricity to run the furnace. It was then that we realized how grateful we were for the fireplace. When he went out during the blizzard, it was our fireplace that saved our lives and gave us comfort. I’m not sure which one of us was the first one to cave in about keeping the fireplace, but I’m glad we did. Most of the area was out of power for nearly 24 hours. We were lucky to only go for six of those hours without power. Even those few six hours would have been horrendous, if it hadn’t been for the fireplace.