We use t have a wood burning stove at a old house/mini farm we had many yrs ago was really nice to heat the house that way saved us alot in propane bills, but now with the cost of propane i cant afford over $2,000 in propane bills for the winter months like we did the past 2 yrs. We have been wanting to switch to wood burning stove for awhile now and i finaly found the wood stove i had been looking for and snatched it up dont know if you remember this brand but its called a Nashua we got lucky and found the NFP-2 which is the larger model which its dont show in the pics. We are doing a few things to it adding a rheostat, pipe work to each vent to conect to our duct work and ect ect. So its going to heat this massive house good enough for our liking.
Heres alittle about it the company is no longer in bizz this wood stove was from back in the 70'shttp://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/wiki/Nashua/
As for the wood cutting YES its a real pain to do in the heat thats why we work on that early morn and evenning hrs when its much cooler out. We also had alot of wood already cut split and stacked thats been sitting outside for 2 yrs now. But its not enough to get us thru the winter better to stock up and be safe than sorry per say..
With hubby having MS he has a hard time doing things so i only let him cut durring the cooler hrs of the day i do the rest haul, split as much as i can, stack, i use the quad to pull the trees outa the woods to where hubby can get to um easier for better cutting up except for the really large trees then he has to cut them right where they are and i load the trailer and pull that with the quad. I can work out in the heat where as he cant. Whats really nice is having all the trees you need right out your door
we are cutting up the most seasoned wood we can find right now and also any downed trees from last yr and this yr, then we start cutting other trees. Im not only gona fill the wood room im also gona load alot into the garage as well, then the rest can stay outside coverd up. Its gona be a looooooooong next few months.