Living in a cold climate where there is snow on the ground for about five months of the year, heating is an important factor to be able to control. When I bought and moved into my house in the middle of January, the heating system that was installed was an oil furnace. It didn't take long to realize that with rising oil prices (at the time), I didn't want to keep paying large sums of money to fill up the tank a few times a year. So before the next winter came along, I had a wood stove put in. That was six years ago.