All this talk about everyone's lack of oil use got me thinking. My oil burner hasn't run since last summer when I exercised it for a hour. At that time, I had just over 1/4 tank. Today, I decided it was time to exercise it. Went downstairs to flip the emergency switch on and lo and behold, it was already on. Hmmmm...must have forgot to shut it off last summer. Oh well. Went upstairs, checked the emergency switch there and it was on. Turned up the Round Honeywell thermostat and heard it click. Went back downstairs and no furnace running....checked the burner and the ignition failure light was flashing. I had that sinking feeling. Checked the tank and it read empty. Banged on it and it sounded empty. Pulled the line off and it WAS empty. So, what happened? I think at some point during the summer, someone rubbed up against the thermostat and the furnace started and ran. And ran and ran. Because it was summer, the A/C was running so it just ran harder and longer. It ran and ran until it ran out of fuel. So, even if I need it, I'm out of luck until I get oil. Just to prove a point, I'm not putting oil in it until spring...Who needs the oil monster!