My furnace decided to play it's swan song yesterday. It wasn't a very good tune. Nor did it smell very good. The cracked heat exchanger allows soot to enter the vents and heating oil stench fills the house. On top of that ( of course you shouldn't run the furnace) I decided to keep running the beast til they could come Monday to give me a new furnace. It's an old leaky house so carbon monoxide shouldn't be a big issue. Well it decided to not start. I cleaned the burner and had random success. Tonight, when I tried to fire it again a nice big fireball rolled out of the rear of the furnace and smoke filled the basement. All right, I surrender!!! So the last few hours were spent installing electric heaters and a kerosene heater just to keep pipes from freezing. The good news is this weekend should be the coldest in years. Yes, that's sarcasm. Yes that's reality. It could be worse. We could lose electricity. A couple inches of snow predicted tonight but no big deal. Also, I painted an apple in the throws of my beloved propane flame thrower.