Hi All, Great forum...my first post. My wife and I bought our house 5 months ago and 2 months into Hudson Valley cold we are (1) taken aback by our crazy heating oil bill, and (2) the fact that out fireplace does essentially little more than look pretty when lit. As such, a wood burning insert is what we've decided on. I know people might have other suggestions, but for the sake of this question, please consider it relates to a wood burning fireplace insert only. But here's where it gets tricky... Our home is 2100 sq ft (large unfinished basement, ground floor, upstairs)..l with 8 ft ceiling height. This is also a good time to mention that we have multiple thermostat zones on the ground floor, a key point I'll return to. But in deciding on what BTU burner makes the most sense, I'm running into some tricky questions. The fireplace is in the center of an outside wall in the living room, which is about 375 sq ft. Opposite the fireplace (about 9 feet away) is the couch, and on either side of the couch there are open doorways leading to other parts of the house. The room is long, and the fireplace is centered on the long side. So while the sq footage is 375, consider that the couch is directly across on the short side. We WANT to drop our heating bill by using the insert, but in trying to get heat to far flung places of the house (the living room is at one end) we DON'T also want to make THAT room unbearable to sit in. I've read multiple comments here and elsewhere, where people have advised getting JUST ENOUGH stove or risk needing to crack windows. Well, that's ridiculous, and we will NOT be cracking windows in the dead of winter to blow excess heat out. OK...so given all that, we went to go look at inserts today. We saw units with BTUs anywhere from 40k to 75k. We would LIKE to heat as much of the house as we can with it, as again, the GOAL is being able to drop our heating bill. HOWEVER, the living room is where we spend the body of our leisure time, so we do NOT for the love of trying to drop our bill, want to make it so darn hot in there that we don't want to be there. Out fireplace is LARGE...about 41 W(front) x 25 D x 30 W(rear). But bearing in mind comments I've seen others make, warning about trying to run a burner too low when it's meant to run hot...I am really gun shy about what to buy here, because I want to get the max of whole house heat from it, while still having it be pleasant, and running at optimal range. So...if I'm looking at a Quadra-Fire Voyageur (46,300 BTUs)...does this fall into that category of TOO MUCH heat I was worried about above? Or is this right in that OK range where it will provide enough heat and disperse it, but wont make sitting 8-9 feet directly in front of it like cooking in an oven? Should I be looking smaller? I WANT to run whatever model I end up choosing at it's optimal burn rate. And in truth, if it wold make the living room MAXIMUM enjoyable, I would rather err on the side of a smaller unit which would NOT push enough heat across the whole house, and then crank up the baseboard heat in THOSE ZONES only, allowing us to have the other half of the house nice and firebox toasty. Because that alone would make a large dent in the heating bill, and we'd likely be pretty happy. But my FIRST preference, of course, would be to heat the whole house with it...so long as it is still comfortable in the living room in doing so. See our conundrum? What do you think of Quadra-Fire Voyageur (46k BTU) or Jotel C 350 Wintersport (40k BTU) as two options? Others? Many, MANY thx for any suggestions or comments.