I have received a lot of helpful advice in another thread regarding the purchase and installation of a new wood stove. However, after reading a few of the threads in this section, I wonder if I am doing something stupid by wanting to switch from NG to wood? If I read correctly, next to free wood, NG is the cheapest fuel for home heating, right? My main reason for wanting the switch was so that I wouldn't be dependant on the gas company and their possible unreasonable rate increases. But, unless you gather your own wood on your own property you are likely to pay higher prices for wood you buy as time goes on, right? (Another reason would be in case of a national disaster.) I think what I need to know is, what is the current and future status of availability of NG in the US? If there isn't an impending outage as there is for oil (Peak Oil http://lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/ ), I'm thinking prices should remain reasonable and supply steady...unless or until all those who are currently using oil convert to NG. :gulp: ...even then, if supply is good, shouldn't be a problem, right? Any thoughts?