In use for 10 years. Has saved us thousands in heating bills. We chose this Made in America (Virginia) model for the large firebox, large firebox door, huge ashpan, upper and lower dampers, fire chamber window, ability to hook to duct work heating first floor, large gaps in firebox grate, and powerful fan with auto feature. Furnace easily heats basement (1500 sq ft) and first floor (1500 sq feet), and reduces cost of heating upstairs (1370 sq. ft). Thermostat and auto fan still work reliably. We replace door gaskets every 2-3 yrs. Chamber holds huge amount of wood, but don't use glass window to push extra wood into stove (glass may break). May break firebricks at end of stove if throw wood in too hard. New bricks easily slide in place. Large firebox holds 8-12 hours of hardwood for good night's sleep. Large firebox door allows us to put in big pieces of wood, and oddly shaped wood (eg. small stumps). Huge ashpan only needs to be emptied every 2-3 days. Upper and lower dampers allow easy adjustment to burning rates. We can readily increase draft when burning large unsplit pieces of wood. We close the bottom damper when adding wood to reduce smoke in house. We open ashpan door to draft wood from below when re-starting fire from very little ember material left on the grate. Large gaps in fire grate mean easy cleaning. Window lets you make sure fire is catching up.We burn at least 4 cords of wood per year, mostly locust, some hickory, ash, walnut, oak, and maple, dogwood, and sassafras, and we may burn a bit of redbud, and sycamore. We separate lighter, punkier wood (corky) and oddly shaped pieces of wood (forks, bends, lumps) into a "junk wood" pile that we burn during days we have off work (when we have time to throw wood in a few times per day) and save best wood to burn at night and on days we are at work (when we fill the stove only two or three times each day). Keep your house well insulated and use weather stripping and caulking to stop drafts around doors, windows, and behind switch plates, and you will be amazed at how effective this furnace is. Although the firebox around the sides and top of the stove are pretty safe, we keep all burnable materials away from all sides and top of stove. The large handles and spring grips make the doors very safe to handle. But teach children to stay away from the fire chamber door and window because they do get hot enough to burn skin. We screwed concrete board into the basement rafters above the place where the stove pipe enters the chimney, and at a point where the heating duct from the stove passes under a wooden beam in the basement. If there is a power failure, and the fan cuts off completely, the ductwork connected to the stove will get incredibly hot. During power failures, we run a generator to keep the fan going or we disconnect the heating ductwork at the stove top and let the stove release hot air directly into the basement rather than risking letting the ductwork overheat. When disconnected from the ductwork, the heat from the stove rises upstairs through the open basement door. To heat most effectively from the basement, the stove must be connected to the first floor heating ductwork. However, if it is not connected, some warm air still rises through open doors from the basement, and a warm basement keeps the floor above really warm. One of the things we like the most about the wood furnace is the way it keeps the floor above very warm. The fan is powerful yet quiet. If you unplug the fan when filling the stove, don't forget to plug it back in so the ductwork won't get too hot. If the main stove operator is not home during the day, someone can toss a couple of small pieces of wood in the stove late in the day to keep it running until the main stove person gets home to fill the stove. We were thrilled the day we learned about this Englander stove and a salesperson contacted Englander for us to ask a few questions and order the stove for us. We are still absolutely thrilled with the purchase - one of the best investments we have ever made. And our family gets exercise, fun, and rewarding time together watching our wood pile grow each year. Our family gives this stove an A+ 5 star rating.