Every spring for about 10 years I would buy a truck load of logs. I would estimate how many logs and figure how many logs to cut a day to accomplish the task in a month. Then proceeded to chop by hand, after about 3 years I started renting a splitter for a weekend. All neatly split and stacked for winter. Heated my Cape Cod house with a Vermont Castings stove situated in the living room, stove flu tied into fireplace. Some times part of the stove would get cherry red. Then I switched to coal for another 5 years which sat in front of the fireplace, then finally propane with a fireplace gas insert. Now in TX a/c is the main source of comfort, when temperature gets to be in the 50's I'm cold now.