The last big storm and power outage finally convinced hubby we really need alternative energy. He wants to buy an automatic switch generator powered by LP gas to power the furnace, fridge, lights, etc. I want a woodstove that doesn't rely on outside sources for fuel. The generator would be about $2000 installed, the woodstove about $2600 installed (we have high ceilings, durn pipe costs!) Which do you think is right? He's got a point about food not spoiling, etc. I think I've got a point about delivery of LP gas - what if we're low and have an ice storm that knocks out travel ability, or we're low on cash, or it's the end of the world as we know it and no more propane delivery! So, what would you do?