First I wanted to introduce myself. I moved in the a new to me house with an open fireplace last fall. I immediately new it was destined for an insert. Anyway, due to the lack of funds last year, we didn't get a stove and we only burned but a few fires, knowing it was costing us. My father in law cut down 4 big dead chestnut oaks last year and I took the majority of the wood. They are currently on my property in small piles, some stacked (wifes list doesn't ever seem to include stacking wood). My estimating skills are rough, but I'd say I have about 3 or so cords. I've done some shopping. I'm kind of set on a Jotul Rockland. I was quoted at approximately $5000 installed. I am currently on a heat pump with propane backup for when the real cold hits. I have about a half acre of woods on my property. There are maybe 3-4 standing dead trees at about 12 inches dbh, probably oak or hickory. I also have a large dead chestnut oak (28" dbh) ready to come down. Between this and other sources, I probably have a couple of seasons of free wood (thinking about 10 cord). Anywho, my questions are: 1. Since the trees that came down last winter were dead, do you think they are adequately seasoned? 2. If so should I spring for the stove this year or continue to collect wood and wait until next season? 3. Will I see significant savings to justify the stove? (Gotta keep the boss happy) Thanks for any responses in advance. I never thought I'd spend so much time on a website about wood burning.