the only heat we have inthe livingroom is a woodstove. I wouldn't change it for the world. During the infamous ice storm we were without power for 13.5 days. It made all the difference. My wood stove hAS A glass front so we also get the "fire place" effect. It is on the dusty dirty side (not like coal tho). I have to dust more often, you do have to bring wood in and split it. I also have a small fan to help circulate the heat throughtout the house. The kids like it up to 85 and the living room is a popular place in the winter.