Ok, perhaps a deep question but its all in good fun. Ok, I'm probably not much different than many of you. I love to heat with wood. As I drive I see dead standing trees and wonder how and if I can take them down, what kind of wood they are, where would I stack them. At home I think about how to burn more efficiently, is the wood dry enough yet, where I can snag the next scrounge. I'm sure those thoughts are probably shared with most of you. But I also wonder why we do this....not just thinking this way but why burn wood period. For simplicity sake, take out those here that have no option, truly no option but to use wood heat. No access to other sources of fuel or really can't afford not to heat without using wood. All the others, and that's probably the vast majority of us, why do we do it? Yes, I know it saves money. Yes, I know the smell of wood smoke is great. Yes, sitting back watching a fire at the end of day with some spiked egg nog is wonderful. But to me these are just icing on top, just added benefits.I think the reason we do it is much more than that. I think it's something primordial. I think it's some basic part of us as men (since this site is dominated by the male species) that is poking it's head out of our wood stacks. I really think it's something to do with our DNA of being the provider...the protector. Man made fire ...for food...for protection...for warmth....for ions. Are we just continuing that way of life because it's a basic part of us, even though natural gas and electricity can do it for us with SO much less effort? Why do we do it? Something to ponder on a cold night with the fire going strong.