Bobbin, I think it can be any of the above. But then my SO looks at the wood & the stove & thinks it's alot of work. It is very rare when he is here that he will handle firewood. Although he suprised me over the summer by bringing me some wood one of his neighbors had put for trash over the summer, put it in the trunk of his Lincoln, too ;-) His idea for an alternative heat source is a pellet stove :smirk: I told him to get a wood stove, and for occassional heating he could just take wood from my place. He said he'd have to carry wood. I said you'd have to carry a 50 lb. bag of pellets. He was shocked I think this is one of the reasons I dye my hair :coolsmirk: But, he's not an "active" person with hobbies like mine. After 6 years, he still asks me when I will be home from the barn/horse show/clinic, etc , and I still say "I don't know". (Eileen knows Bobbin will understand this ) My house was the "experiment house" when it came to alternative heating. Made it easier for him to watch and see. But, he's quick to be here in a snow storm, and always asks if I have the stove on He did that when I was using the FP, too. As for the women folk who don't, I don't understand most of it, as it's just not me. I can tell you that all of my friends have the same attitude I do, and do physical labor, some tend stoves & wood, some want to. But that's how we are. Guess that's why we're friends. I've never had a manicure in my life :lol: I can't wait for Perp to chime in here !!