well, the wood furnace was over-heating (578 degF) due to no power to run the blower that circulates the hot air, and in doing so, cools the furnace to safe levels.
i got the furnace rigged with a generator and an extension cord, and had the battery backup powering my wifi and DSL modem, all was great.
then the power came back on! :o I didn't even get to enjoy the fruits of my labor for more than 15 seconds after sitting back down. oh well, at least the power is restored, and the furnace is wired back up, though the house is hot enough to breed sheep.