Both fireplaces and wood burning stoves burn wood for fuel and serve as wonderful heaters. Wood is a fairly pricey in less mountainous areas where it isn’t a fuel source, so that is good. I have regularly lived in the south and have never used a wood stove myself, for it is beach weather. I have only used fireplaces, and although fireplaces serve as furnaces in a way, they are not good heaters in the long run for one’s home or apartment. Much of the heated air goes right up the chimney with the smoke, even still it is pretty. The fireplace is more of a pretty heater that is a design characteristic. Well, my sibling moved across the country and lives in the southwest now to which he was first stunned by the cold. The control unit there goes absolutely low in the Wintertime and absolutely high in the summer season with not too much compromise on the bill. He has a wood stove for a heater that is beautiful and he has become quite the pro at handling. I assumed it was just for looks like my fireplace, but he told myself and others that wood stove is their only heater and it was survival to learn how to use it. I could not even guess it! It turns out, though, that the wood stove is quite a bit more energy efficient than the fireplaces I have regularly owned that I was very impressed. He says it is incredibly warm in his condo even when the outdoor control unit dips well below cold and there are 6-foot tall icicles hanging off his roof. I must say, though, that I find the look of the wood stove kind of sad. The wood stove sits over there all alone and looks love it doesn’t get appreciated at all. I understand that they make wood stove inserts that can be installed in your correct fireplace if we wanted to try it out. In that way, the fireplace is magically transformed into a good oil furnace and still looks pretty. That seems love a good solution.