Originally Posted by greenmulberry
If you are interested in wood stoves, I would go hang out at the forums of hearth.com for a while.
There is so much confusing information about burning wood out there, but I found that place to be full of people who enjoy heating with wood and like talking and helping people. (Like the people at MDC for parenting. . .)
We did a lot of research, bought a good stove, learned how to properly burn, how to clean the chimeney, ect. and I feel really confident heating with wood.
But it is something you have to learn and understand so you should spend some time reading.
Our stove has a window, and I just love watching the fire. It makes me look forward to winter!!! (And living in Iowa, that's important, our winters are long and dreary)
This, definitely. I figured out the best way to stack the wood so that I stopped having to get up toward the morning (5am, usually) to re-stack the woodstove. With the right stack, I was using one full round 6 " log, two halves and a small pile of thin pieces to heat it up initially. That fire would go from 11pm until 8am, no joke. It was awesome. It had t be stacked just so- even two inches of difference would change it dramatically. Oh, and (this was key) I always chose a round log that was slightly damp from outside for the night burn. We have several months of -35 to -50 here.
Sadly, we have electric heat this winter because we did renovations that necessitate the absence of our woodstove until next year when we can put it in.
Wood heat is the best. I love the smell, the radiance, the flickering sound and of course the mesmerizing fire window. I also found the pace of my day was pleasantly punctuated by keeping the fire going.
If I could, I would also consider a rocket mass heater
for rooms that don't get enough heat from the central woodstove, like bedrooms with the thermal mass as the base of the beds. So cozy.