Hey All - the forum has been very helpful already, but have brought me to a place where I needed to join to get some specific advice. My family is fixing up a house to move into, and wood heat is the way we're going for a primary source. It's a small house, and we'll only be in the first floor of it till we fix up the rest. So I had couple of options for stoves. One was the Clydesdale insert my mom used to have (till she replaced it with a Hearthstone Heritage a couple of years ago). Not sure how relatively non-ideal it is to plunk an insert down without a fireplace cavity, but it sure pumps out the heat. Probably too much heat for this application. Also not ideal 'cause we'd like a cooking surface. The second option is one my brother got from craigslist. It's a HearthMate HM25 (which I've found no reference to anywhere online, this forum included). Its plate notes that it was made in 1978, that it is for wood, and a few other things. The obvious (to me) damage is that it 1) is a bit rusty, 2) has been sprayed half-heartedly with white paint, 3) needs the firebricks on the sides replaced, 4) has bent rails that hold the firebricks in toward the back, and 5) seems to have warped baffles at the top of the back. I'd guess rust and spraypaint are not important, and I know firebricks can be replaced. But I'd love to hear what someone who has seen more old-ish stoves sees, and a guess about how practical this one would be to use in a modest home.