The cold blasts of Arctic air we've gotten recently have got me winterizing. Yesterday, I drained and stored all my garden hoses and drained the pipes to the sill-cocks. Friday, I built a new wood-box that will hold at least 2 days' wood, kindling and other fire-starting materials. My wife wanted it to look rustic (we live in a log house), so I built it out of rough-sawn pine boards. We'll use it as-is over the winter and maybe paint it next summer. Lots of people have opted to buy stoves that burn either dry corn or wood pellets, and that is turning out to be problematic. The upward pressure on grain prices caused by burning corn means that corn is more expensive (now) than wood pellets, and the local stores are rationing wood pellets because they can't get enough to satisfy demand. Pellet stoves are convenient, but the price of the fuel can be manipulated, costing more money in the long run. I'm sticking with my conventional wood stove. If the economy continues to tank (especially locally), I know dozens of guys with chain saws and trucks who will gladly cut firewood to earn some cash.