i think you're really going to enjoy the heat you get from your woodstove. its nice to have that constant warmth as opposed to a furnace that goes on and off.
We.ve heated our home with wood for 18 years now, and after awhile you get really good at controlling the heat by the amount of wood and the airflow. I am of the mindset that its a PITA to start a new fire, as opposed to stoking one thats already there,jmo, though.
I think you may find that a couple of "all nighters" (big pieces of wood) and then damper down, and you'll not be blown away by heat at night, yet still find coals in the a.m., thats what we do ( unless its a particularly cold nite.. then we get up and add wood and leave the front vents open a crack.