Wood stove instead of a fireplace?
We all know that wood burning fireplaces are terribly inefficient and actually suck heat out of your house. So I'm considering a wood stove instead. I've seen some attractive pictures of wood stoves in front of stone walls or even set into fireplaces. I like that look, especially the stoves with one big glass door instead of two small ones, and the price is good compared to a masonry fireplace . . . But I have a couple concerns:
- Does a wood stove look weird in summer? I mean, you can fill a "real fireplace" with beautiful flowers or candles in summer. What can you do with a wood stove, which is clearly out of season?
- Without a mantel, what can you do with it at Christmas? Stockings and mistletoe, after all, are a part of why I want a fireplace.
- What other concerns am I not considering?