We have decided to go with the F3 CB after a nice talk with our dealer/installer (Also a friend of ours) who has been selling, installing, and cleaning stoves for 15 years here. I mentioned that we liked the F3 better than the Nordic and he said he was too but had not mentioned it to us yet. We both agreed that is right at the edge of being too big. He said there is great market around here for used stoves and if it doesn't suit our needs he would help us sell it. We also talked about the HS soapstone option (Which he use to sell a long time ago but doesn't anymore) and agreed with what Ryan said, that it will probally be easier to regulate the heat with the cast iron, given that we have a super insulated 850 sq ft strawbale house, the walls will act as the mass that heats up and then radiates the heat back. Since I can tend the stove during the day we can keep it going 24/7 if we want and taking the chill off the house in the am (or after skiing all day), after the fire has long since died and the stove is cold, quickly and then cool the house down with an open window or door if it gets too hot. Now, color and finish. I can go into the stove stove tomorrow and ask Maria and Brian but can you help me out? The only Jotuls they have on the floor are blue/black enamel and painted matte black. Does this stove come in other colors (besides Ivory, F 3cb doesn't come in Ivory I don't think). For sure we are getting enamel, but the Jotul website does not have a way to view the stoves in different colors and finishes, as far as I can tell from their site is that this stove comes in painted matte black, blue-black enamel, and a painted blue black? Can someone help me out here? Thanks! We are placing our order tomorrow.