A realtor friend of ours believes that people are either fireplace people, or they are decidedly not. Same thing with swimming pools. I can live without a swimming pool (especially in Normandy, where it might be a bit too brisk most of the year), but I love having a fireplace.
Perhaps hoping to distract me from the hearth's sad state, Jim's business partner Nicola has given us some catalogs of wood stoves so we can try to decide what we would like. At some point, we will need their advice about which size and shape will work with the renovated chimney space, but meanwhile we can familiarize ourselves with the alternatives. My favorite wood burners so far are those made in cast iron by Invicta, a French company.
The wood stoves can be installed in different ways, sometimes with flue pipes going into the walls or ceilings. Installers have to know what they are doing, or they risk creating a fire hazard in the home.
You also don't want to have a woodburner that will throw off too much heat in a small room. It should be in proportion to the room and its purpose.