Its been bitter cold for about a week now, maybe more. "Bitter" to me is 20-30 degrees. I wouldnt know what I would do with myself if it were colder. Last night as we were retiring we didnt load the Fisher. Instead I turned up the heat, and it occured to me we haven't turned on the heater for an entire week and survived(actually, I think this is the first this season). Dh gets wood from a mill for $10 a load. So today I load up the Fisher, turn off the heater, and feel that warmth once again. Its not the same, heat from the gas fired heater and the wood. If any of you are on the fence about heating with wood, let me tell you, its like eating fresh hot chocolate cake while you're in a hot bubble bath good. I think I will just check the filters and run it once more to check for maintence and then leave it off for good. I know my checkbook will be pleased.