I live in the Northwest with our spouse and winters here can get quite cold. Not as frigid as the east coast, of course, but the two of us do get our share of snow, ice and sub frigid hot and cold temperatures. The condo that the two of us obtained up here has 2 heating options: it has a central oil furnace hooked up to the Heating, Ventilation & A/C proposal and it has a nice substantial fireplace in the living room. Where the two of us are situated, gas is high-priced but firewood is dirt cheap. For this reason, the two of us primarily use the fireplace to keep warm. However, the two of us also set the temperature control to about 60 degrees just incase the fire goes out at evening and to keep the house comfortable while the two of us are away. There is something cosey about a real wood fireplace that heats up the entire house. If the two of us come in from the rain and our shoes are all wet, the two of us just set them in front of the fireplace and they are dry within an hour. If a single of us is too hot, the two of us just move further away from the hearth. Too cold? Move closer to the hearth. In this way, the two of us are both always comfortable. I really love cutting firewood too; it is such a good toil out and seeing the logs burn is hypnotizing. There is just something primitive and unbelievable about a good ancient fashioned fireplace that simply can’t be upgraded by imitators. Even if gas was cheaper than wood, I still would like to use our fireplace over the gas oil furnace, it is just that nice. I really look forward to Wintertide every year because it mean I get to use it.