The sun is shining today but the wind is cold. It is making me ready for the first fire of the season. We chose a Jotul wood burning stove instead of a fireplace for our house. We felt it was more in line with the style of our home. It really adds so much character and warmth. Remarkably effiecient, it can burn a single load of wood for 8-10 hours. This really saved on our natural gas bills last winter. Our highest bill was only $150 in February. When we have a fire in the stove, the heater doesn't even come on. Generally, it will keep our downstairs between 72 and 76 on the coldest of days. It doesn't smoke and has a heat shield on the back to keep the wall cool. The heat shield allowed us to put the stove 7 inches from the wall.
Since we have a very open floor plan downstairs, we placed it in the center of the space along a wall across from the dining room table. It is almost in the kitchen and can serve as a burner for a kettle of tea or a pot of soup. I simply love it! Maybe we will have a fire tonight.