We have a wood stove, and it isn't for decoration or only on holidays. We use it everyday, just like in the WWW. It's a great stove and it keeps the house SUPER warm (it doesn't hurt that the house is a log cabin that's had siding put on it...a foot of solid wood is great insulation). Porter's really careful about it--we've given him warning about how super hot it is, and from being around bonfires he understands fire is SUPER hot. While he's careful, he also loves to start the fire with Dad. He'll sit and blow on the fire until the very last second that you close the doors.
We also have a great view. I used Autostitch (google it) to put it together. It isn't as perfect as doing it yourself on photoshop, but it also only takes like, 13 seconds to get done, so I feel like it's worth the lower quality.