I use to until my wife and I relinquished the big side of the house to my daughter and son-in-law. Now I have a lazy man's natural gas fireplace. My son says "he who cuts and chops his own firewood heats himself twice" - the first time with all that cutting and chopping and the second time sitting by the glowing fireplace.
I used to burn / heat / with wood back when I lived in the country......8-9 cords of wood, a season , I would cut/split all by myself, using a splitting mall/and sluge hammer...Never used a gas wood spliter...........That was also 30+ years ago....
We heat with wood. Have since we built the house in 81. We have a wood furnace and an oil furnace for when we aren't home. Don't mind cutting wood. Need something to do in the winter. We probably burn about 50 gallons of oil each winter.
Having a wood burner is kind of like having a Goldwing. You have to do maintenance on a regular schedule. Think of cleaning the chimney like changing the oil in your Wing. Also using good seasoned wood is like making sure you are using the right oil. I clean my chimney at minimum once a year. Sometimes it gets cleaned during the winter too.
I use a fireplace insert with a catalytic converter. It sometimes has to be cleaned in the middle of the winter. My flue is lined and also has a stainless steel pipe inside it.
Oh I cleaned the clay liner chimney once maybe twice a winter. Two things got me in trouble, the unit was way to big for the house so I had to keep it choked off most of the time. And I mixed burning coal and wood, the coal really soot the chimney up.
And here I thought this thread was going to be about going to the Ribber for the first weekend home. All this talk about splitting wood is making me hungry. I split wood at the trailer for campfires and that is about it. Split a lot of wood with a sledge and wedge when I was a teenager to heat the family home and swore I would never do that again. Elm is a hard wood to split.
Grew up splitting wood on a farm to heat with (coal also) and know that system too well.
My Dad later in life finally got a splitter that went on the back of the tractor with a 3 point hitch. Ran off the hydraulics of the tractor and wood split about any size you could place on it (unless it had a bad knot). It even had a drop over 4 way split attachment that would split the right diameter pieces 4 ways in one push. Even had a belt driven cutoff saw that ran off the PTO on another tractor. With those two tractor powered attachments, you could cut and split a BUNCH of wood in a short amount of time.
This was back in the days when you also used downed wood to "burn" your tobacco beds each spring. But that's another story.