When we moved into this house, it had a wood burning stove down in the family room. It did a great job of keeping the house warm, but the Warden hated stoking the fire in the middle of the night, so one year, with our tax return, we purchased a pellet stove.
It looks lovely and keeps our house toasty all winter long. It's a lot less expensive than using the furnace and heats a lot more solidly too.
Last year it started having trouble and wasn't pumping out the heat like we like it to. It was really only warming the family room.
Finally, the Warden found a guy to fix it. He's one of the only guys in the area that knows how to fix this particular brand--it's European and is now no longer being sold in the U.S. Ugh!
The guy works all week long, and the only day he's available to do work on the side is Sunday. The Warden asked me what I thought. We decided that we'd offer to pay him extra and/or feed him dinner if he'd come on Saturday evening after work.
He took us up on it and came tonight. As I'm writing this, the house is warming up and the glow of the pellet stove is making me feel all cozy. So glad it's working again.