Now the weather is getting colder, both Vanda and I are thoroughly enjoying our wood burning stove. It did cost a fair bit, but I think it was well worth it. The heat is wonderful and controllable. The stove we bought is designed to be used with the doors open or shut, so when they are open you have in effect an open grate.
Of course you do have to get logs in and chop kindling, but that is a small price to pay. Also , living in the Forest of Dean we are surrounded with free fuel, ready to be picked up. We do have a foragers license.