I love my wood stove. My husband loves our wood stove so much that we had to move it to the new house. There was a Russo coal/wood stove with a metal flue in the new house, but it is really meant for coal first and we both agree we don't like burning coal. Too dusty and we don't like the smell. We really like our Vermont Castings Vigilant wood stove. Bought about 20 years ago it has been the perfect size for heating our school house. Last year we didn't turn on the heat until December 23rd, just used the wood stove to take the chill off. We don't really know how well this new house is insulated (if at all) and don't relish paying a large oil bill. So we are hoping we can keep the house warm mainly with the wood stove.
I don't think I could ever be without a wood stove. With the weather and number of power outages we get it is necessary for heat and cooking. I use the wood stove to help dry laundry in the winter. I have a great floor clothes drying rack from Lehman's that works great in the winter when I want to dry clothing in front of the wood stove. A load of laundry will dry in a couple hours and the largest size is big enough to hold two large loads. And drying the laundry in front of the fire puts humidity into the air.
I am not the only one who is happy to have the wood stove burning again. Lily is too.