It is good to hear that the wood burning experience is going well for you, full Moon. I agree with your assessment about going through wood at a fast pace.So a few months in now with the wood and gas inserts. So far its awesome. Without using the furnace much, we are easily keeping the temp in the house higher than we did last year.
One thing I am surprised about is how fast the wood goes. People that burn wood told me I would fly through it, however I am still surprised. Piles I thought would last weeks goes in days. Still, I hope to have enough to get us through the winter.
The wood furnace is in the lower level. This area was almost unusable last year cuz it was so cold. Now its my go to place. Not that I ever need a break from my two daughters and wife!
We normally try to have several cords of wood for our use each winter, but typically end up needing to cut several time, during the heating seasons, to make it through the season.
Fortunately, winter time wood gathering is no problem for us on our 75 acre farm (about 30 acres of woods) since there are always dead and down trees to cut and winter time reduces the clutter and growth that makes it difficult to access the trees during the growing seasons.