I'm a lazy old hippee with money now. We have wood heat. we love it. I'm 52.
Sure, it's work. If you don't put a log in at 2 am when you go pee in the middle of the night the house is 10 degrees colder when you wake up in the morning
When you DO put the log in it takes 25 minutes before you're warm again. and it better be a dry log, or you're gonna be miserable. We live in a double wide..we use maybe 3 cords a year. It's free fuel if you got gump. If you don't, buy a natural gas fireplace. I've had one and they're great.
Watch a natural gas fire for awhile and you'll get really, really bored..even with good weed..but a real fire, **** man..you don't need to be high to know what a great thing you've got in your life. cuddle up to that baby and you're tuned in to reality. It takes time to get to know your fireplace. It takes effort. It's worth it.. (but hey, if you wear a suit for a living? Forget it!!!)