Now that it's MAY :), we're interested in getting a wood stove-fireplace insert for next winter. We live in a 1600 square foot split ranch house (from the outside, it looks like a ranch, but it really is a split level)-- the "upstairs" is really only 3 steps up from the main floor, so this makes me think it might be a good candidate for a wood stove. Our house has cathedral ceilings, which are pretty high.
I guess my concern is cost..will we really save money with a wood stove? I saw on craigslist that cords of wood in my area run about $150-200. How long could I expect a cord of wood to last me? We are a family of 4 and both parents work outside the home 4 days a week. Also, I am expecting in November, so I will probably take 6-8 weeks of leave until mid january, (be home most of that time). We live in the mid-atlantic, we usually use the heat from early-mid november, to mid-late march. We live in a pretty urban area: we don't know any farmers or people with large plots of land that we could get wood from or anything like that.