It took a little while to convince the wife that buying a wood furnace was a good idea. Images of smoke, too much work, and tracking dirt/wood chips and dust all over the house filled her head. However, now that I have a consistent source of free wood and nearly 2 1/2 cords split and stacked so far she's coming around. My oil furnace helped me score a major victory last night. I was driving back from Washington, D.C. for a working trip and more than 3 hours from home-I get a call from her saying that the furnace is blowing cold air and the temperature in the house is 65 degrees and dropping. I have her check all of the normal stuff to no avail-this furnace is only 3 years old! I tell her to call the oil company and to let me know what the damage is. The tech came out and lo and behold it was the transformer that provides the high voltage spark to ignite the oil. He said it may be covered under the warranty on the unit (good for me since my plan only covers labor) so I'm waiting to hear. Just as we were turning in last night she asks "Could something like that ever happen with a wood furnace?" "Nope," I answer. "Good," she says. SCORE!