Thanks. I also was surprised the first time we heated with wood, at a rental house a couple years ago, at how much work it was.I was mostly referring to the enormous amount of work needed to get a years supply (or more) of dry wood ready to burn. I had no idea myself when i first got into it. Im sure all the work makes some people have second thoughts. I too like to be self sufficient,not depending on utilities for everything .Good luck.