Wood burning stoves are great, country living is great. I'm sure you will find a great difference between L.A. & your current location. Cold still, that really kind of sucks big time, but jan. feb. March & then home free pretty much. One thing about burning wood for heat is that you need those "Sticks" for starter fires. I go out into the woods and break them up, use rolled up newspaper, a pile of the sticks and then the bigger logs on top. I think you will begin to really appreciate living in a more country environment, it's nicer!