You know the saying “Wood heats you twice…once when you get it and once when you burn it?” How about when you stack it and/or split and move it? For all the time we’ve lived in Oregon, we’ve always heated with wood. There were times when we had so little wood we’d gather it off the beach. We’d bring it home, split it, only to find it was too wet to burn. Since we’ve lived here so long, the trees have grown up around us and now we have the option to cut on our own land.
When our old stove wore out, we wanted to get a stove that would heat the house AND cook our food if needed. We looked at some fancy catalogs, saw some very nice nickle-plated stoves and stoves that would heat a 24 gal. tank of water, but with our smaller space, we settled on the Baker’s Choice. We can cook on the 6 sq. ft surface, bake in the oven, and heat the whole house. The firebox is big enough to hold 10″ diameter wood. While I miss seeing the warm glow of the fire, this stove heats the house and cooks very well.