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Wondering if I should invest in a wood stove to use instead of the fireplace

I’m staying in my grandfather’s old hunting cabin for the winter while his estate figures out whether or not I’m the rightful owner.

I expect to win my legal battle so I assumed that hardening myself to the environment would be the right course of action. But these cold winters are going to be hard on me every single year, especially when temperatures dip below zero degrees. Back in my home town I was used to cold temperatures, but it wasn’t ever colder than 20 degrees for most of the winter. This was true even in the coldest winter cold snaps. It’s hard to survive comfortably in temperatures like that, but now I don’t have a choice. I want to live in this hunting cabin because it would be my first time ever owning a piece of property. I already know what sort of improvements I would like to make with it, starting with a brand new roof and flooring inside. If I can afford radiant heated flooring I will add that, but I’m not so sure anymore how that would work out financially. Right now the old hunting cabin has a traditional fireplace inside. It’s warm, but a lot of heat is lost upward in a traditional fireplace. That’s what has me thinking that a wood stove would be a good upgrade. That way a lot of the heat is immediately absorbed into the room around the wood stove. It’s even more true if you have the wood stove several feet away from its adjoining wall. There’s so much free firewood in the woods on this property that I wouldn’t ever have to pay for firewood either.

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