Hi everyone, love the Forum, been doing alot of reading on here. I think im about to purchase a St. Croix Hastings, to supplement my heat in a very well insulated 2200 sf house. 1100 sf being on the first level where we spend most of our time. Im thinking of only using the stove in the evenings, and weekends, as we like the rooms downstairs around 72 when we are just relaxing at home. Not really thinking at this point anyway about using it as our only source of heat, as we use about 700 gallons of oil a year, and this includes hot water off the oil burner. My questions are : Can the users of the Hastings please comment on their likes/dislikes about this stove ? Also I was thinking of a straight vent, 7" pipe,without a rise, but equipped with the outside air kit.Im doing this because of a close proximity to a window, and apparently, this would bring it into code, needing only 12" of clearance. I was told even in the event of a power failure, this vent is designed to suck the smoke out. The only issue im concerned with here is more soot on my white vinyl siding. Thoughts ? Thank you.