Oh my! Much to learn. Replacing 1980's BUCK freestanding woodburner with pellet (I think!).(1000sq ft. house) Looking for RELIABILITY, high efficiency, as quiet as possible. Pad is 1980's vintage fake rock so would need to be creative with pedestal but have been told it can be done. Legs preferable as 4 square ceramic tiles presently hold this old Buck surrounding the uneven rock presentation. Will be totally dependent on a good dealer. Not a mechanical whiz. Originally chose Harman XX5 - pricey. Then looked at repairs over time with Harman models and customer service issues so I've bowed out. Harmans' seem to go thru igniters and augers. Checking out current Lennox Montage or Winslow(Country). Bella has legs but seems overly pricey unless I could get a deal. Also really interested in Pacific Energy's Warmland PS 45 & hope to find. 2 listed dealers but 1 chose Harman pellet over PS 45. Also will be checking out Enviro -- Stainless or Cast Iron? Empress was suggested. Last but not least was Cumberland 3800. However I'm not a fan of it's appearance. HVAC has ratings for everything--they don't recommend much but they liked Lennox Montage and if I was going wood I'd pick Pacific Energy. What I've figured is that pellet stoves are like little furnaces & need much more parts maintenance than wood stoves & because of this won't save much money. But I'm close to 60, do everything myself in regards to woodburning--including up on the roof cleaning chimney every 4-6 weeks and I can't imagine wanting to do this when I'm 70 Coal has also been suggested but I'm into recycling if possible. Any commentary?