I enjoy the entire process also. The only outside involvement I'd had with it, is the stove inspector required by our insurance company. A few weeks ago I told my wife I had no idea of how much work this wood stove was going to be when we decided to put it in. She asked me if I would do it again, and all I could say was yes.I am with both of you. My stove was just to burn for back up, for looks, and to just burn when we are home because the heat is nice. After the amount of propane it saved me in the first year, and the fact that my wife now has 3 different options for what she can sit on within range of the stove, I run it nonstop until October to April. The entire house just feels warmer and we spend most of the winter in the basement.
I've come to really enjoy the entire process.