We have been burning less wood in the house than we normally do these last couple years, especially this winter, so I thought I'd share the reason why. A couple years ago I was told my cholesterol levels were in the danger zone, and since I have a history of atherosclerosis in my family, my doctor wanted to put me on a statin medication. I didn't like the idea of being on any medication so I researched for alternatives. Seems the only real alternative is proper diet and exercise. Ok, so I changed my diet and started finding ways to get exercise. Yes chopping wood is good exercise, but I only burn 3-5 cords a year and live on a smaller lot, so I needed something else. Started doing a lot of hiking and running. All great and I love being outdoors, but they have their problems. eg: I found running was hard on my back, especially running down hill, and inclement weather like rain and snow made outside exercise much harder. Anyway, long story short, we bought an elliptical exerciser, stuck it in front of a HD TV and bought a whole bunch of HD nature shows to watch while we (my wife got into it by this time too) were exercising. So what does this have to do with saving wood? Well, the only room in our house big enough to stick the elliptical machine was the stove room and if you've ever done a 30 minute cardio workout, you'd know that you get pretty warm, and trying to do it in a room with a wood stove pumping out heat is pretty uncomfortable. So we try to plan out exercise sessions at times when the wood stove is not running and has had a chance to cool down. In fact we prefer it when the room is quite cool. So consequently, we tend to let the stove go out, and burn a lot less wood, then we normally would if we didn't have the exerciser in there. As a side benefit, we have noticed that as we have gotten into better shape (I lost 40 lbs) our metabolism seem to burn energy at a higher rate and we have come to prefer keeping the house at a cooler temperature, thus saving even more wood.