I grew up in a house heated by a wood stove. That was quite a bit of work since we were cutting the wood, but i can't think of a better way to feel relaxed and comfortable, even while working. Be careful when choosing which wood to burn, some are not healthy.
I miss it today, i wish i could have one to replace my crappy electrical heater.
The rocket stove idea is very long to get working, but that's the best way of burning wood, some people even use it as a small aluminium foundry, or as a water-tank heater, we built a small one once with some friends, with recycled gas tanks, meant to be a small outdoor aluminium foundry. It practicaly emits no visible smoke, we even saw a big flame coming out of the exhaust pipe. It could melt aluminium in a steel can, but did not get hot enough to use it with a crucible. There are lots of videos on the internet explaining both indoor and outdoor rocket stoves,
Stoves are perfect for annealing large plates or large diameter wire of scrap copper too.