The “central heat” was a kerosene heater in the center of the living room, and very much in the way. I disconnected it in the summer and moved it back to the wall. One day the outside was painted. That involved moving the kerosene tanks away from the wall. When the work crew finished, they moved the tanks back, reconnected them, and turned them on. We came home to a kerosene flood and had to find another place to stay that night.
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