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Bob Berman's strange universe: Ode to kerosene

October 2005: Many of us heat our homes with oil, and right around now is when we buy some.
Many of us heat our homes with oil, and right around now is when we buy some. I used wood for 13 years, believing the old saying that "wood heats you twice: once when you split it, again when you burn it." Well, they forgot to mention the third time, when it sears your hand when you touch the stove. Now, I heat with fuel oil, whose only down side is that it costs $963 a gallon. It's almost cheaper to create warmth by burning dollar bills.

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