Thanks. I am not sure how much wood I will need or go through, since this is my first time ever trying this. I currently use and will continue to use an oil boiler with cast radiators. I am in eastern Mass, 1 mile from the ocean so our temperatures are more mild than more inland areas. Also, my house is very well insulated and is only 1470 sqft. Most other people I know go through 2-4 tanks of oil but I only use one 275 gal tank per year. I calculated the btu's and 275 gal of heating oil has less btu's than 2 cords of hardwood. I will be taking this slowly, I have three small kids and may focus on evening and overnight burns until I am feeling more comfortable with the process. As for getting wood for this winter. I have read several places that burning seasoned pine is ok for woodstoves. Is this your understanding? I often hear people say you can't burn pine in a wood stove because it has too much resin and produces excess creosote. What is your take on seasoned pine?