This seems like a wise suggestion, and I commend our PA friend for making it. Not living in coal country, I don't tend to think of that as an option, but I grew up with it as a child, and it worked well ('til my parents switched over to NG, and we were never warm again). There are many factors to take into consideration in living the wood stove lifestyle. If you're looking at the new Woodstock stove, it's going to be a major investment, and one that will need to make a big impact on your heating bill to be a practical one. If your husband's health issues are progressive, and if you are an older couple, you may be making a decision that you will find more difficult to keep up over the years. If there were two of you doing this, I wouldn't say that, but if it's just you, and this will not be the only responsibility you'll be shouldering, I urge you to consider this carefully. If you have family and friends that are available and looking for ways to help, then by all means take them up on this. Yes, there is a six-month guarentee, and they are confident for a good reason, but even if you love it, it's still going to be a more expensive stove than some. Dennis has pointed out that he and his wife are using a lot less wood with their Fireview than they did with other stoves, so that might be a non-issue. And--no offense intended--you mentioned you were stubborn. If you know this about yourself, you know to beware the decisions formed on the basis of, "I"ve got a plan and nothing will sway me from it". Why not take a little time now to look at all your options? Are there other ways to bring down heating costs? Are you in a large house where rooms could be shut off during the coldest months? Could you travel during the winter and leave the heat turned down? Is downsizing an option? Obviously, you don't need to answer any of those questions here--just trying to demonstrate that there are many choices available. I've got a bum knee, and it's just me and my teenage son, now that my daughter is away at college. This last year was a real struggle, as I had installed a stove for a backup, and my `just in case' happened in January--boiler went out, and I had to keep that fire burning from there on out. I'm going to be working hard this summer to make sure I don't have a winter like that again, but I'm just saying--if it was easy, everyone would be doing it already. Think things through, get on here and run your what-if scenarios as much as you want--and you'll find the right answer for your family over time.