Thank you for sharing your experience. It really gives me confidence that I am making the right choice. I think the T6 is a little big but it does not hurt to have that extra fire box space.We have had the T5 same amount of time as Begreen the T6. Still love the stove, especially for it's ease of maintenance compared to most units. We cooked Christmas dinner for 6 people on that stove one year ( with help of a camp stove), when we were without power for 5 days. We do use the cooktop some for things like stews, beans, & soups. Ours has used about 5 cords /year, so has gone through a lot of wood over the years. We burn in the spring & fall with small, short fires more than most people seem to, otherwise with just winter burns, we'd be down to 3-4 cords / yr. All around a great stove, you won't find very many negative comments from owners.