I see people around (new people, up from the city) here buying those out door furnaces and don't see where they are saving any money.
6 to 12 thousand for the furnace, then it has to be be hooked up. they have to buy wood for about a thousand dollars a load for what the driver tells them is 7-8 cord after it's cut, split and stacked.(and it's going up every day) I see other people buy 800 dollar stoves at Farm T and after a few weeks they find out that burning wood is not fun, it's like having a part time job on top of their reg job, the stove winds up out by the Rd with a sign, must sell-600. so they can buy fuel oil. they didn't know green wood from seasoned wood, nor do they have any idea what the damper or draft is for. they just bought everything that the 25 yr old cleck said they would need and the clerk had never had anything to do with a wood stove except move them on the floor and stack the shrink wrapped wood outside the store that is 7 dollars for four pieces of wood.
Maybe if they had their own wood, they may save after a few years.
another thing that is being brought up at the town board meeting around here lately is people are complaining about their neighbors with the stoves because the smoke is going in their windows, they may even pass a law against them or make it so rough with rules and regs,ins, that it wouldn't pay to own one.
I fire my old stoves up a couple times a yr when no one is home but me just to say that i used it to fall under the new laws if they're passed, but i burnt wood for over 45 yrs here,(i was burning wood when oil was 14 cents a gallon) and some people up in the village think i still burn it as they see wood stacked all over the place.