Climalogical end of winter is here and the forecast seems to agree. Poking around a few weather sources looks like we are starting off below normal then mid-month spring quick snap comes. Looking back on the season, the first with the Englander 30, I'm extremely pleased. Going from a too small stove to a too big stove I finally have the peace of mind as we had three days test where it got down to single digits and only in the teens during the day that if we ever lost power for a duration in the cold we can stay comfy. The Napoleon would have no problem keeping the bedrooms warm low - mid 70's if I kept it fed every 4-5 hours however the rest of the house I would struggle to get out of the low 60's. With the Englander it was no problem maintaining the low to mid 70's throughout with the help of doors and fans without the help of the furnace. Previous years I would keep the furnace at 70 because it would take a few fires to get the temperature up to the mid 70's we like. With the Englander the furnace is set at 65 and only kicked on a few time that I know of and for the week we were in Florida the end of December. Doing the end of the season inventory, I figured on 3 cord which is my average and used about that, which leaves me close to four cord for next year (a record) if I don't get any more ( like I would let that happen ). Two cord was bought April last year and two cords was a scrounge in September. The end of the season is sort of bitter-sweet. I love the family time by the wood stove (kitty cat included as family) and love the feeling and the challenge of making the perfect fire. I love the ambiance and the lack of concern when the heating bill comes or when someone leaves the door open too long. My cat loves to snuggle with the wood, sleep on the wood, play with the wood. He loves to lay by the fire. He eagerly awaits my return from work to get the stove started again. We will both miss it. However there is an eagerness to put away the coats and not have to bundle up to do anything outside. I'm looking forward to sleeping in a bit since I won't have to get up early to get the stove started. I'm looking forward to longer daylight hours and getting outside and enjoying nature. I already have my list of projects. Winter used to be much less tolerable before I was introduced to wood heating. I used to gain 20 - 30 pounds being a couch potato. Another winter and I can say I only gained 5 pounds. Of course I enjoy all the activity here. Though I'm here all year round many are not. Thank you everybody for making this such a wonderful internet stop. Happy springtime!