Deciding which woodstove to buy can be tough, even if you've been heating with wood for years and are simply looking for a replacement stove. John Gulland, writing for Mother Earth News, brings a fresh, important and independent perspective to the subject. (The editors even made him name certain manufacturers.) He stresses focusing on a good hearth store first, where you can get good advice and service, and then focus on a brand. Many consumers buy based on aesthetics, but first look at how long company has been in business, Gulland says.