Hi guys, I want to throw this out there to see what reactions I get. I have been using wood seriously for one year now. The three years before it was supplemental heat. I found, cut, split and gathered 2+ cords and used it all up. Now I am back to oil, since it is 45 during the day and 25 at night. Everyone always talks about how much money they save on heating. That might be true (I paid about $350 this winter for oil), but what about the cost per hour spent on gathering, cutting and splitting wood? I think I spent 100 hours last year on the wood, which is about $2000 in income I am missing if I had spent that time at work. So, do I save more on the heating bill that the loss of income from the hours spent? Moneywise, it looks like it saves me nothing. I can make more money working than what I save on oil for heat. Buying the firewood split and cut would have cost me $300 and saved me over 80 hours (I need 20 hours for stacking and moving the wood). That seems to be the easiest and most efficient solution. Or buying oil would have cost me $1800 for the winter, but saved me 100 hours. So what is wisdom? Buy an ATV to make moving the wood faster and thus cost less hours? Getting a wood splitter to save time? Renting one or both? Buying the wood? Or save all that investment and stopping wood burning alltogether? Carpniels P.S. Apart from the money situation, I do like the exercise, the loss of love handles, the extra muscular shoulders, the being in nature, the 100% recycling of CO2, the comfy heat, etc.