Ok so I won't make this post too long---dh and I have agreed that we will get a wood stove. It may not be until next winter, but I am hoping he will change his mind and get it in sooner. Anyway, the one he has picked out is called "Wonderwood". It can be seen at http://www.usstove.com/ ....we will be able to buy it locally and much cheaper...but the same stove. He is trained in HVAC so intalling it won't be an issue. We would like to use this as a back up and gradully use it for the whole winter, as our stock pile of wood allows. Our current heater is 3 yrs old, gas, and does a decent job. Its not the heater, its the problem of the house not being insulated well. We should fix that problem by the end of this comming summer. Using a wood stove will help us save a great deal of $$$, as we have access to timber on a friends' lot. So, thoughts on this type of heater? Horror stories? Thanks in advance!!