Mine is my primary heat source as well. But the only time I have to start a fire is when we are gone for more than day. Anything less than that I just rake coals and load it upThat’s too bad. We understand why, I know lots of people that do not use them too often. Cutting, splitting, hauling, dusty, going to work etc..... it’s a lot of work and none of us are getting any younger. I use my stove as my primary source of heat. My oil furnace is my backup. I go thru approximately 5 cord a year. If use only the furnace we feel cold. With the wood stove it is nice and comfortable. After a heavy day of snowmobiling and ice fishing it is great to feel the heat.