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[–] andrew_jackson [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

That's funny. I was just about to give the opposite advice. From my homesteading experience, wood stoves end up being a lot of work and don't really save that much money. Isn't gas cheap these days?

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[–] Creggieb 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I am not sure. I would expect that one could consider different situations that would favor each choice.

For me, I can fetch wood from logging burn piles. Just chainsaw rounds off whatever diameter logs I want. I can personally work on a chainsaw and axe more effectively than a gas furnace. The exercise and feeling of splitting logs could be considered a pro or a con. In the end I suppose it would be nice to have access to both.

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[–] andrew_jackson [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

For me, I can fetch wood from logging burn piles.

OK, I get it now. Yeah, I like that. I could see your point. If you're going to own enough acreage, and enough of that acreage is wooded, then getting a chainsaw becomes a no-brainer. And then once you have a chainsaw and plenty of wood, making storage buildings becomes easy. If security becomes an issue, you can construct a palisade. With wood you can set up mushroom logs. I like it. Didn't think about that.

My issue is that when I was a survivalist, I'd end up spending so much doggone time stoking the fire and/or splitting wood.... ...and this is just maintenance work. Like even when I had a fever, I still had to split wood for twenty minutes so that I wouldn't run out.

Wood stoves are great if it's just you, and your woman and your dog in a one room cabin. But once you've got kids, you won't be doing a good job at heating their room with your wood stove. If you'll need to have space heaters, then central heat makes a lot more sense.

I would say that people that like wood stoves, love wood stoves. And certainly before it gets cold (e.g. Fall) they're fine because you don't need them at all hours of the day.

Having firewood on hand is it's own virtue, because then you can host bonfires, & etc. and this becomes cheap entertainment.

I like your idea, man.