“A perfect weekend to stay inside and warm,” the meteorologist said on the morning newscast earlier this week. I couldn’t agree more. Rain, followed by several inches of snow, followed by a cold front predicted to grip the midwest and east.
As I was making chili, wearing the new wool socks I got for Christmas and making another cup of hot chocolate for the little one in the living room, I noticed how perfect the snow across our yard already was. We hadn’t had memorable snow in some time. It seemed it was finally winter. Winter is sure pretty from the picture window.
Hours later I was folding clothes upstairs when I noticed the perfectly imperfect snow in front of our house. There were tracks I’d not noticed before.
You see, while I was enjoying our warm home, hot chocolate, wool socks and a picture-perfect scene from my warm home, someone came and filled our fuel oil tank without me even knowing.
How differently those strapped with the responsibility of heating homes, businesses, schools, and churches must view winter from the rest of us.
I was thinking of how pretty the snow looked, he was probably thinking how it makes pulling a hose just a bit tougher.
I was thinking of my feet getting too warm in my new wool socks and he was probably thinking that he should have left the house at 5:30 this morning with another pair.
I was thinking of chili and hot chocolate on my menu, he was probably wondering if he could scarf down his cold meat sandwich on the way to the next house.
I was thinking that it was a great weekend to stay home, and he was out making sure every home on his route was safe and warm.
I was thinking of a weekend with no plans, he was thinking that he’ll be on-call all weekend for those who need a fill.
This weekend – and always – we salute the many Harvest Land fuel truck and propane drivers who put in extra hours when school is canceled, businesses close early or roads are unpassable.
It is when we are safe and warm at home
that this team suits up and goes to battle.
Many thanks to the fuel and propane drivers, service technicians, support staff and part-time crew for stepping in on these bitterly cold days to serve our communities and families. We appreciate your tremendous effort in keeping us warm.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you changed your calendar seven days ago, you should already know: Winter is coming.
While we’re still hitting the 90-degree mark in Indiana and Ohio, it won’t be long until the autumn chill sets in and harvest is running full speed ahead. Before we get to that point, we want to remind you that now is the perfect time to plan ahead, be prepared and consider a budget payment plan for heating your home, shop and business this winter.
We take pride in providing propane and fuel oil to heat homes and businesses throughout eastern Indiana and western Ohio. Safety for our customers is our top priority. This is why each of our propane professionals are CETP trained and certified.
Automatic Fill – This program takes the worry of running out of product off of your mind. Harvest Land will keep track of the product level in your tank for you.
Budget – This program allows you to make monthly payments on the product you use.
Guaranteed Price, Prepay and Budget Programs available to suit your needs. Contact us to learn more!
They say when you’re dying of thirst it is far too late to think about digging a well – the same can be said for heating your home!
Contact Harvest Land today to get your family taken care of before Old Man Winter shows up at your doorstep.
Thanksgiving is in the books. The Christmas tree is calling your name (or is that your wife?) to be carried to the house and get set up. Inevitably, turkey is for lunch. But first, let’s talk about the approaching cold.
Following three inches of rain in some places of our trade territory last week, we didn’t hear much complaining about the 10-day forecast upon us:
This forecast will surely have farmers running wide open to wrap up harvest 2017. As things in the field slow down, it is important to look to the next season and be prepared for all that could lie ahead – far past a 10-day outlook.
This time of year, temperatures can swing dramatically causing condensation to collect in fuel storage tanks, which can then lead to icing should temperatures drop again dramatically. Keeping fuel tanks full this time of year will minimize opportunities for condensation and ice-related fuel failures.
Block heaters are not designed to warm an engine. They are designed to maintain the heat already generated in the engine. Thus it is crucial that the truck be plugged in while the engine is still warm.
Be sure you have talked with your EnergyPro specialist about adequately treating your bulk fuel tanks for the temperatures you will be dealing with this winter. We’ll be happy to sit down with you to develop a plan for making sure your diesel vehicles and/or equipment run strong all winter long.Icing can be as much of a challenge to diesel fuel, as can fuel gelling. Because of the threat of icing, we regularly check the fuel storage tanks we fill for moisture. In addition to good tank maintenance practices, CountryMark premium diesel fuels also contain powerful de-icers, which dramatically lower the point at which free water in the fuel system freezes.
Installing a 30 micron filter on your fuel storage tanks in preparation for the coldest months of the year can help insure the performance of your diesel fuel all winter long. Need new fuel storage tank filters? Contact us today for the winter diesel fuel supplies you need.
Be sure air hoses are hooked up to each other or to the dummy gladhands when the equipment is not in use. This is one of the leading causes of brakes freezing up.
Be sure gladhands hook up tight. If they go on loose they will come off in a tight turn and will cause unnecessary cycling of the air compressor. Make sure you have a nice and snug fit.
Follow these guidelines to ensure your tractor and truck fire up when it is time to feed hay, move snow, run the auger, haul grain and more. As always, Harvest Land’s energy team is here to help you weather those winter months, to ensure you’re running on all cylinders at any degree.