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Why do we all have fireplaces and so few have wood stoves? In those expensive condos, you see gas-powered fireplaces that work with things like a remote control are much more common than the old school wood stoves. This has a lot to do with fuel access.
When you make the jump to off-grid living you are going to realize that gas pipeline is no longer there for you to lean on. Sure you can dig wherever you want but that convenient fuel source is gone.
Heating your home with a wood stove is a great way to take care of the winters cold. However, you can even cook on the right style of a wood stove.
You might also want to look into a collapsible wood stove. You see, some residential homes are not equipped for a serious wood stove and it might not fit into your decor. Thanks to outdoor adventurers there is an entire market for these types of wood stoves. They generate plenty of heat for a small room, as long as you have the wood to feed them.
This could be the perfect option for you if you are looking for a backup plan, in terms of winter heating when the power goes out.
Backup heat and backup cooking methods are huge when disaster strikes. Look into the woodstove as a means of handling both. You can also look into a less than permanent version for heating the home without piping in or making any permanent structural changes to the home.
The options are out there. It’s just up to you to decide and execute.