I found this site while researching stoves last fall and thanks for the vast amount of info that you all are posting. Although we both grew up with wood heat (hence the forum name) neither of us paid much attention to the process invovled. We just did whatever "dad said". A bit about our setup: We bought a Napoleon 1400P in April (on a major sale) and it was installed on an existing corner hearth (Sentinal Chimney (by Selkirk) in an outdoor enclosed chase) in the basement ( :-S ) of a bungalow...wouldn't have been my choice but we're working with what we have. The stove is located in the family room and is 12 by 20 with a spare bedroom located just around the corner. There is a stairwell is opposite to the stove (but 30 feet away from it ~ again, not the best choice). Our house is very airtight (recently confirmed by an energy inspection) but I hope that will be solved by the existing OAK (see...I learned the lingo!) and that we'll be able to move the heat upstairs into the living space with some strategically placed fans. I am looking forward to the burning season as it will be soooo much better than those electric baseboards. Our family (including the two kids aged 6 and 8) just spent the weekend re-splitting and stacking a 3 cord order of Feb-March cut previously split (furnace splits?) beech and yellow birch. It did have some checks but I know it needs a lot more time...prefereably a whole year but we don't have that time. We stacked it 4.5 feet tall in an exposed (sun and wind) area and I just hope it will be seasoned enough for the fall (well, I guess we don't have any other choice). Now, finally, to my questions: 1.Where is the best location for a woodshed? I was thinking about 12 feet away. Your thoughts and suggestions? We have a large population of carpenter ants in our area and I spend a good part of the year trying to keep them out of the house. Would this be close enough for access but far enough for the ants? 2. What is a manageable size I was also wondering if 12 by 8 would be a good size to store enough wood for one season? We'll probably only burn when we are home and most likely not stoke it through the night so I'm thinking between 1 and 2 cord of storage for that year and perhaps larger if you think its warranted. Your thoughts and suggestions? and 3. Which way is the best way to orient a shed? Your thoughts and suggestions? Facing south would face away from the I know this is the first post of many and thanks for all of your help!