I don't have a stove yet as I'm waiting for the sales to purchase one in the spring. Our house (bought in June) came with just over half a tank of oil that they surprisingly didn't make us pay for at closing, so we've been stretching that as far as possible and I'm in no hurry to fill since the price of fuel oil is still dropping here in New Jersey. I've been picking up free wood here and there via Craigslist and just happening across it and I've managed to accumulate just over a cord in this way plus I just scored a steady supply of nice hardwood pallets from a place 15 minutes from my job. Anyway, on one of the country roads I take to work a tree fell across the road which was cut up by the county and just pushed off to the side in 6-8' sections. I would eye it up on my way to and from work but never stopped to ask about it because the house was not visible from the road and I just didn't feel right pulling into someone's driveway and knocking on the door like that. Then one day I just decided to send a letter-here is the format in case you'd like to cut and paste: Head of Household 123 Any Road Anytown, USA Dear Sir or Madame, My name is __________ and I pass by your property everyday during my commute to __________. Recently I noticed a sizable downed tree that had been cut up and moved to the side of the road near your driveway. I heat my home with wood and would be happy to remove this wood for you free of charge with your permission of course. I would also gladly remove any other downed trees that have fallen on your property if you wish. If you would like this wood removed, please call me at __________ (Cell), or email me at __________ Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, __________ Not only did this guy call me back, he asked me to come out and look at FOUR OTHER TREES! He had them taken down last summer and they've just been laying there. They're mostly already limbed and are ready to be bucked into rounds. He's an older guy who can't really do the work himself and he's glad to get rid of it. He's also going to ask his neighbors on either side who both have large lots if they have any downed trees they'd like removed. This place could end up heating my house for a LOOOOONG time. So keep your eyes peeled going down the road-get an address and for a mere $0.42 you may just find yourself a pretty good honey hole.