With fuel oil running about $4.50/gal here and kerosene over $5.00/gal, I'm glad I've got an efficient wood stove. I just finished splitting and throwing next year's wood, and it is now tarped for drying. This winter's wood is already tightly stacked in my attached woodshed - almost 5-1/2 cords - plenty for winter with lots left over unless we get a really brutal winter this year. I paid $160/cord cut, split, and delivered, and then split most of the wood at least one more time because our stove has a small fire-box. Lots of folks here in Maine are looking at closing off some parts of their houses for the winter (a time-honored tradition years back) and are still facing $3000+ for heat. Wood is more work, for sure, but stacking away 5 cords of prime hardwood for $800 beats calling the fuel company for another delivery. Most of the smaller fuel companies demand cash up front before they will start pumping fuel into the tank - they're getting burned. BTW, this pile is over 6' high and it is twice as deep as the width of the front face shown in the picture. There's a lot of wood in that heap.