Don't know if you accept members from outside of the USA but I came across your forum and wanted to share my experience as a wood burner novice. I have had my existing chimney breast removed and a wood burner fitter. It is a Supra Mulhouse, a French make, and thus far I have been delighted with it. I am burning mainly olive wood which is a hard wood as I live in an olive grove in Southern Greece. Up until the beginning of December we have not needed any heat in the house, quite the reverse in fact. Now the winter rains have arrived and although the temperature is not very low, a little bit of heat is welcome. I am only sorry that I did not have my huge open fireplace removed ages ago as the difference is fantastic. Sorry if I have put this in the wrong forum!