Hello Everyone, I bought a Longwood Ranch stove today...been thinking about it for several months, did quite a bit of research and thought I was ready to convert, but I'm scared! My house is 100 years old, solid tongue and groove wood throughout (walls ceilings and floors). I have been using natural gas heaters vented through the old chimney/flue for the 15 years I've lived here (it's my grandparents old house). I don't want to be dependent on the gas company and their outrageous prices to keep warm and I figure, in a pinch, I can also use this stove to cook on. I hired a 'professional' to check the chimneys last week and while the flue in the kitchen is blocked (I'm still trying to break it up) the one between the bedroom and living room looks brand new (see pictures). This is where I'm going to put the wood stove. I had the stove and pipe delivered then I went to town and bought a stove mat, bucket, poker and shovel. I was VERY excited until I got home and considered the seriousness of disconnecting the gas heaters and installing the wood stove. I don't want to burn my house down to save a few bucks on my heating bill This is my first experience with using a wood stove. I live alone (with cats...pity the first one to jump on the stove!) and I need some reassurance and expert advice to be sure I have all the bases covered before I make this leap. I can't believe how nervous I am about this now that it has come down to actually bringing it into the house and lighting the first fire! I just have this 'unnatural' feeling about setting a fire inside my house. lol Help!