Been going back & forth about replacing the crummy fireplace with a wood burning insert or a stand-alone wood stove, or even an outdoor wood furnace. Well, one of our friends just so happened to be selling theirs, so we bought it. Got it for a steal (thanks Ed & Sandy!) and installed it right before the cold weather started. We have an electric heat pump, so we saved a lot of money on our heating bill. Paul really busted his behind felling trees, cutting & splitting wood. A wood splitter, other than Paul, is on the wish list. The cats & dog fight for a spot in front of, or even underneath the stove. I swear that one day I was going to come home to a slow-roasted pet.
I love heating with wood. I’ve also cooked many a meal on top of it. Nothing better than coming inside to a toasty warm house & smelling homemade baked beans or stew. Even cookies! I made a make-shift oven using a high walled baking pan. Put some foil over the top of the stove, put my cookie dough on it & covered it with the pan. It took a lot longer than normal to bake them, but they still turned out great.