Hey Folks, I'm new here but not new to burning wood. Just new to burning it efficiently. I grew up in a house with a fireplace and as a teenager cut and split wood we'd burn all winter. In my 30's I bought a townhouse with a zero clearance fireplace. I'd cut a little wood on some land I hunted on have some fires though the winter. Five years ago, I sold the townhouse and bought a large ranch on some acreage. The main part of the house has an open floorplan with a large fireplace in the center. It has two heatilators in the sides of the brickwork and did a pretty good job of heating that area of the house. This year I picked up a Lopi Freedom insert (free). I replaced bricks that were missing or broken, repainted it and installed it in the fireplace. I can't wait to get this sucker fired up! My land is covered with mainly hickory and oak. We sustained a lot of tree damage in the early snowstorm on October 28th, 2011 and Hurricane Sandy on October 29th, 2012. I've got about five cords split and stacked and ready for winter. bring it on!