I have a 10 year old daughter and a 3 yr old daughter, and a wife... ALL three clutsy as HELL !! Regardless of the stove I'll put a barrier around it. As for the stove itself... with my budget being inline with Drolet and Englander it seems like their stoves are 1.5 cubic feet or 3.5 cubit feet without anything in the middle. "IF" I went with a larger stove 3+ CF ... could I just burn smaller fires?