I may be giving up on the idea of putting a pellet stove in the basement. It seems chancey at best that it will heat my house. Also, I see that I will be spending a lot of fuel to heat an area that I don't spend a lot of time in. The only convenient place to put the stove on the first floor is the fireplace in the living room. It's a big fireplace (30" high, 37" tapering to 28.5", 38" from the back of the chimney to the front of the hearth). If its going to be in such a prominent place in the house, I'd like it to look nice. I really like the look of the Lopi Leyden. Is there any reason I should consider an insert in the fireplace as opposed to a free standing stove? Any suggestions as to other stoves to consider would be appreciated. Thanks!