Previously, our kitchen was almost freezing. We could see our breath. Outside the temps have been in the teens this week (thanks to the wind!). Our kitchen isn't heated with the rest of the house; we've kept a small electric heater running in there, but it just couldn't keep the room even remotely warm. We even joked that we could leave the milk sitting out on the kitchen table & it would be fine.
We didn't want a super fancy (read, expensive) woodstove, as we plan on tearing down the kitchen and rebuilding it in the next couple years. When we rebuild that part of the house, the kitchen will be larger, and the attached bath (right now the only bath) will be much larger, and an upstairs master bedroom, walk-in closet and bath will be built. A girl can dream, can't she? And, when we redo the kitchen, we plan on heating and air conditioning it properly. And we probably will not have a fireplace in the new kitchen. So the new woodstove will have to be moved into one of the other 6 fireplaces in the house then.
But for now, we are toasty warm in the kitchen, and the place has that slight woodsy-smell (probably from the firewood that we have sitting beside the stove), which reminds me of happiness, and warmth, and everything pleasant.