We definitely have some rain and gray skies in the Northwest today. It is a good reminder (don't shoot me) or what is to come. I am sorry, I don't like to think about it either. But it is reality and you really can prepare ahead so that the transition is as painless as possible. See getting ready for storms.
Rich's for the Home has the largest selection of stoves in the United States. You can bet that when you go to look for new stoves here, you have the best selection of stoves as well as bang for your buck. There are great options for every budget and with the government offering a tax credit on stoves, you can't go wrong purchasing one this year.
In addition, Rich's has a wonderful and unique selection of fireplaces-even ones that are powered via an electrical outlet already in your home. Those fireplaces in particular can be installed with very little interruption to the flow of your decor and are super easy. You really should come by and see their fantastic selection of gas fireplaces as well. They can be ordered to match any decor and also qualify for the tax credit.
Whatever your preference, being prepared is half the battle. There is no better time to purchase a stove or fireplace-before the winter rush begins.