In researching pellet stoves for the main heating source for my cottage recently bought, I also researched wood stoves. What I found made me buy the pellet hands down. I also had one in my last house that did great. I have the pellet now and it heats just fine. I am in the north central part of NYS on the water, so thw wind hee gets bad, with snow drifts , etc. Anyway, the EPA article said that in certain areas of the USA wood stoves are going to be banned due to the way the smoke settles, the burning of wood which creates so much smoke. They also went on the say that the dumes in the house are not good for the lungs, small children, etc. Mostly, they were addressing the environment, tho. Before you buy a woodstove, it might be helpful to go to their website and read about it. I do not recall where the places are. Just something I learned and am passing along.