I worried about that too, but I'm very glad I went ahead. Ours is indoors, so the only time we don't use it is the hottest parts of summer. We usually fire it at least 2 weekends a month, sometimes more. When we do heat it, we try to use it more than one day in a row and we also try to use the residual heat for baking, warming leftovers, etc. Hubby will grill on the Tuscan grill in it occasionally. We usually have at least a couple people over but will absolutely fire it for just the two of us. Sometimes that's really fun, because we experiment more and are more casual about it when it's just us. You will use it, don't worry.