Last year we went through 200 gallons of propane in less than 30 days. So we got a second, larger tank. We also decided to buy a wood burning stove for about the same price as one refill of the 2 tanks of propane. We put the stove in the back of the house, in the utility room, because that is where the chimney for the old disconnected and removed wood burning furnace was.
The method was better than nothing, but was not the best I would often find myself and others sitting on empty joint compound buckets, huddled around the fire in the unfinished, uninsulated room.
Earlier this year, we had a new chimney installed in the front of the house, where we actually exist during the day. The dilemma was what to do with the floor. Eric and I have agonized over this.
This area is severely cracked, sounds hallow in some parts, has a patch of cement that bumps up, and also has some pretty rough gouges.
"I need the wood burning stove in the front of the house and in working order before your next travel for work trip!"
I was ok with the original floor (I could put a rug over most of it) or willing to cover it somehow. Eric had to be the decision maker. He decided to put brick down. Yay. Decision made.
I found a brick store - the ACME brick company. Thoughts of Wile E. Coyote cartoons with ACME everything abounded.
The floor transformed into a beautiful shiny marbled super smooth floor. I would have been happy with it right there, but we feared cracking and we had the brick already......