Right now this is our Center of the universe. It is our only source of heat and it has been a steady 32 degrees for some time outside with a dusting of snow last night. This stove keeps us very comfortable. We can cook on it and in it. Lot's of sitting near it and knitting, reading eating drying off . . . just need a couch to stretch out on and all would be perfect!! Love that we always have the kettle on! Tea and cocoa on demand it does not get any better than that.