It was about this time last year that I saw the writing on the wall and seriously began my wood stove search and found Hearth.com. My first thoughts were on Pellet stoves, but I found pellets to be way too expensive, and not much of a cost savings over oil given that pellets were going for 300/ton at the time, and not very available. I began hacking at the huge Oak tree in the yard and thought that I could easily have wood for a year of more out of that, so I began stackin it up on boards and neat piles and my thoughts went to coal, then quickly to wood. My neighbor had about 8 cords of wood and has an Avalon stove that heats her house, and I began thinking...the Sh** will hit the fan on oil prices. Then as I began reading this site it became clear that wood heat wasn't JUST a cost savings, but also and environmental benefit. Coal was quickly out, plus installing a coal stove would have been VERY hard to do in my home. So... Craig....thanks for operating this site. You've done a very good job with it. To the many folks who post here: Notables in my decision: Elkimeg - a wealth of info and made my install much safer. Eric Johnson - Made me realize that you can cut 12 cords in a year, and it's really not that much wood, plus it's kinda fun. Roo, Corie, Sandor, Lime4x4 (where are you these days), MSG, Bruce56bb, begreen, dylan, BrotherBart,Harryback, FrankIvy (Where is Frank these days?)babalu,donCT,Willhound, and I'm sure I'm missing a lot of others. - thanks for all the advise and input. To the newer folks who are where I was last year... - Listen to EVERY thing these folks are saying. If you do, you'll end up with a very happy situation, and be doing your part for using domestically produced and environmentally responsible way to heat your home and enjoy your stove/fireplace/ etc... Good work everyone!!