I am in love with our wood stove...as soon as it gets an inkling of cold out, my husband starts hinting around and we get all excited. This is our third season with our new Jotul stove. It has a glass front so you can really see the fire. The first season, we heated almost entirely with wood. It's in our living room. Last year we scaled back a bit. This year we have a load of cheap wood, so things are looking good so far. With the wind so high the past two days, it's been starting up really well. I am concerned about efficiency and polution, so I do sometimes get caught up thinking about how ethical it is. We chose a stove with really good efficiency and I'm an absolute stickler about burning it correctly to make it so. I've enjoyed the science of fire-building and can say I've figured out our situation really well. I can tell by the smallest observations if tweeking is needed and I always secretly gloat when my fire is "better" than my husbands! However, I did overfire the stove a few times the first season and was thoroughly amazed that I didn't crack the stove or burn the house down. I packed it too full of oak and then didn't turn it down in time. HOLY SCARY HOT BATMAN!!!! Anyway, who needs TV when you have a fire!