I live in the Northwest with my hubby and winters here can get quite cold. Not as frigid as the east coast, of course, but both of us do get our share of snow, ice and subfreezing rapidly adjusting temperatures. The lake house that both of us brought up here has 2 heating options: it has a central heating system hooked up to the Heating plus Air Conditioning method and it has a nice crucial fireplace in the study room. Where both of us are located, gas is costly but firewood is dirt cheap. For this reason, both of us primarily use the fireplace to keep warm. However, both of us also set the control unit to about 60 degrees just incase the fire goes out at night and to keep the apartment comfortable while both of us are away. There is something cosey about a real wood fireplace that heats up the entire house. If both of us come in from the rain and our shoes are all wet, both of us just set them in front of the fireplace and they are dry within an minute. If 1 of us is too hot, both of us just tran athletic activity further away from the hearth. Too cold? Move closer to the hearth. In this way, both of us are both typically comfortable. I genuinely prefer chopping firewood too; it is such a nice work out and seeing the logs burn is hypnotizing. There is just something primitive and beautiful about a nice old fashioned fireplace that simply can’t be replaced by imitators. Even if gas was cheaper than wood, I still would prefer to use my fireplace over the gas heating system, it is just that nice. I truly look forward to Wintertide every year because it mean I get to use it.