"There is nothing quite like a fire to heat up your home during those cold, wintry months, but which should you choose: a wood-burning stove or a fireplace?"
"Wood-burning stoves burn wood more efficiently than fireplaces and require less wood. The closed structure of the stove poses less risk for flames to escape than a fireplace - unless it is enclosed."
"If you live in a cold climate and require heating throughout the winter period, then a wood-burning stove, like a fireplace, can help you heat up your house without relying too heavily on central heating."
"Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves should always be monitored as they are housing an open flame. The alcove structure of a fireplace is potentially riskier than an enclosed wood-burning stove..."