The percolator is prepared.
I strike the wooden match and place the flame next to the burner on the stove. Pffft, and then nothing. I turn around and look at the refrigerator lights. The “gas” light is off and the “check” light is on. Okay. Not to worry. The propane tank must be empty.
I step outside to the hitch and open up the tank cover.
After turning the empty tank’s knob closed and the full tank’s knob open, I remember also to turn the black lever (which isn’t a lever really). All this does is point to which tank is in use. I go back inside, strike a match, and presto, I’ve got a flaming burner. Great!
I turn the refrigerator off and on. In about two seconds I hear the click of the starter, and presto, the “gas” light is on. Yay, everything’s back to normal! Don’t you love it when things work the way they’re supposed to . . . especially when boondocked in the desert by yourself and it’s only 7:45 in the morning.
While the coffee perks, I take the crew out to do their business.
Once settled with my cup o’ Joe, I decide to figure out my daily propane cost. I bought 4 gallons of propane for $13.56 on Feb. 25th and today is Mar. 12, which I won’t count. Feb. 25th was a half-day of propane usage, as we were on the road and I don’t tow the BLT with the refrigerator on (personal preference).
I take $13.56 and divide it by 15.5 days . . . 87 cents per day for propane. I realize this is only an estimate, as there may have been some propane in the tank when I bought more, although it couldn’t have been very much.
I’m going to go with $1 per day as my cost for propane.
For instance, one night in this time period I felt the need to get really warm. A cold wind had blown all day and the crew and I were chilled on our morning and afternoon walks.
The television weatherman predicted an overnight low in the thirties. I put the Wave3 on high and left it on all night!
Then there were several days and nights I didn’t turn on the heater at all. Most of the time it was on for about 3 hours to ward off the morning chill.
You may be wondering why I write about propane with such detail.
I may be boring your socks off. Sorry about that. Hmmm, which begs the question: why are you still reading? Anyway. I think there are people – newbies and wannabes – who can learn from the details of my experiences and expenses.
Usually writing my blog comes easily.
However, writing about lazy, stay-at-home, introspective days is difficult, as there’s little activity or travel to report. (Compare with www.thebayfieldbunch.com . . . sheesh)
For that reason I took a few days off from writing. Simply performing daily chores, walking the desert with my crew, observing the natural world, reading, reflecting, and relaxing in perfect temperatures (high seventies . . . low eighties all this week) has been enough for me right now.
rvsueOut-of-pocket expenses: 3/8/12 . . . $0 3/9/12 . . . $0 3/10/12 . . . $0 3/11/12 . . . $0