Winter of 2009-10: No Problem
I just wanted to give some feedback on our first winter with our Jotul Oslo woodstove after a particularly long winter in a new house. In a word...fabulous! While my co-workers were complaining about $400-600 electrical bills, we were looking at $75-100 in January and February with the Jotul as our only source of heat for our first floor of a 2400 sf house with geothermal backup. The stove is efficient, good looking, and easy to operate. Our only negative comment is that sometimes we have to open the ash drawer to get a good draw, but once the fire is established, it's no problem. The new house includes a fresh air intake, as we built a very "tight" abode. The surrounding hearth is rather large, but our aim was for a "heat sink" of stone that would serve to store some of that lovely wood burning heat. Cats liked it, too!
From Winter 2009-10
Thanks to all on THS/GardenWeb for the info on woodstoves and fireplaces!